Gerson Relocation: Money-saving tips for your international move
Moving to a new country can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be an expensive one. In this article, the team from Gerson Relocation provides you with the best ways to manage costs and make your move more affordable.
There are many expenses involved in an international move, such as immigration, shipping, flights, healthcare and accommodation - which can quickly add up. However, with careful planning and the right strategies, you can save money on your international moving and shipping.
Pre-plan your move as much as possible
To save money on an international move, it is important to pre-plan as far ahead in advance as possible. By doing so, you not only secure the best possible rates but also have a choice of shipping dates. Additionally, pre-planning allows you to budget for your move overseas and make necessary financial arrangements.
Take less with you
When it comes to relocating to another country, less is often more. Carefully evaluate your belongings and only take what you truly need. If you don't use it, don't take it with you! Consider what size home you are moving to and from!
If you can assess the space in your new home abroad - for instance if it is a fully-furnished or serviced apartment - you may only need to bring clothes and personal items. Also, consider buying some new furniture at your destination instead of shipping everything. Especially with certain big-ticket items, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth the cost of shipping.
For items that you can't take with you, storage can be a cost-effective solution, especially if you're only moving abroad for a short period.
Shop around for shipping options
Depending on the mode of transportation, shipping costs can vary significantly. The World Bank suggests that air freight is usually 12 - 16 times more expensive than ocean freight. While air freight is ideal for urgent items, sending your belongings in an overseas shipping container via ship is often more cost-effective.
There are also various options ranging from your own sole-use container, which come in various sizes, to a shared container commonly termed as groupage. Groupage is often an ideal option as you will be sharing a larger container with other people / families who are moving their belongings to the same destination country. Sharing a container with other people can definitely help you save on freight and trucking costs and even more on your international move.
Learn more about groupage with Gerson Relocation.
Look at additional relocation services
When moving abroad, there are additional services you may need, such as health insurance, foreign currency exchange, pet relocation and car hires. It's crucial to shop around for the best prices and plans for these services. Compare different insurance providers to find the most suitable health insurance plan for you and your family.
Similarly, choose a reliable foreign currency transfer company to save on exchange rates. For pet owners, start the relocation process early to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience for your furry friends. Lastly, consider consulting car hire specialists to find the most cost-effective options for your transportation needs in your new country.
Book your own flights early
When you are planning an international move, it is easy to forget about your own travel expenses. Booking your flights in advance can help you save money. According to popular flight search engines, looking at least seven weeks in advance for short-haul flights and 18 weeks for long-haul flights will often yield cheaper prices.
Additionally, consider flying on a Tuesday, as it's typically more cost-effective than popular travel days like Saturdays. If possible, plan a visit to your destination a few months before your move to explore different neighbourhoods and determine where you'd like to live.
Organise your taxes beforehand
Sometimes if you're not careful, you can end up paying taxes in two countries instead of just one. That is why it's crucial to inform the government of the country you are departing from of your change in circumstances. Make sure to update your tax code to reflect your new residency status as this will help prevent unnecessary financial burdens and ensure a smooth transition to your new country.
By following these tips, you can save money on your international move and make the process more affordable. Planning ahead, taking only what you need, choosing cost-effective shipping options, shopping around for additional relocation services, booking flights in advance and sorting out your taxes will help minimise expenses and reduce the financial burden of moving overseas. Remember, a cost-effective and stress-free move is within reach with proper preparation and research.
Gerson Relocation: Hire an international mover today
Do you need help with your international move? The team from Gerson Relocation is here to support you and your family with their services to help you relocate with ease. Download your international move checklist, or get in touch with Gerson Relocation today via [email protected] or +31 (0) 10 4452566.