What Are Some Tips For Keeping An International Move Cheap?

December 13, 2018

International relocation is as adventurous and exhilarating as it gets. But that is until the party crasher shows up.

Yes, you guessed it right.

When you start thinking about the ‘cost’ of moving all your belongings overseas you are sure to get a headache.

Moving internationally shipping is tough, but an international mover will help you with the relocation.

Of course, it is absurd to wish that shipping your belongings could be free, but what is more absurd is to pay large sums of money when an international move could be easily affordable. 

So, if you are moving abroad or plan to relocate in the future, remember the following tips to save money and keep your international move cheap. 

Sea Over Air

The most obvious way to keep the relocation inexpensive is to choose ocean freight over air freight. 

It goes without saying that sea shipments trade time for money. Therefore, moving the same amount of goods by air can cost up to ten times more than the alternative. 

So, unless you need your stuff urgently, save your money by shipping your packages instead of moving them by air. Furthermore, you will hardly face any restrictions on the size or weight of the goods. 

Do Not Delay

Moving overseas is a lengthy and complicated process. The documentation, shipment and various other matters require time and careful planning. Rushing through things will only create chaos and lead to hasty decisions. 

Ultimately, you end up paying more for any last minute issues that arise. Hence, avoid the stress and unnecessary payments by booking international movers in advance. 

Choose The Best Movers

Get quotes from at least three international movers and then compare. 

Remember the cheapest option is not always the best bet. Some companies might forgo important services, while others might charge extra. 

Therefore, research well before you hire an international moving company. 

Get rid of extras

While the movers can help you pack, know that you don’t have to carry everything

It is simply a waste of money to ship stuff you do not even use. So, sell the things you do not need or donate them to charity. 

The fewer the belongings, the lesser you have to pay to move them abroad. 

Choose Door-to-Door Shipment

It might not be the cheapest option, but people who choose port-to-port shipment often end up paying more in customs and other duties since they are nor fully aware of the rules and regulations. 

So unless you are confident about handling all the legal issues on your own, it’s best to select door-to-door services as that means the mover will deal with all the intricacies of overseas packages relocation on your behalf. 

Learn The Local Language

It might seem surprising to you, but learning the local language of the country you are moving to can be beneficial. And saving money is just one of those benefits.

If your children know the local language well, they can enroll in public schools. Also, when you interact with the natives clearly, only then will you fully understand their lifestyle. Having a better grasp of all matters will help you save money in every aspect.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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