How to save money when moving across different countries
Yep. Moving can be an expensive enterprise. If you’re after the cheapest way to move across country, these tips should help.
And we’ve kept in mind that a move, especially an international one, is about more than getting goods from A to B.
1. Be brutal in your packing.
What do you actually need to take? What can you buy when you arrive?
Shipping is charged on space and weight, so if you really want to save money be as minimal as you can. Things like books, clothes, paperwork, and entertainment items can take up a lot of precious space. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll be able to buy common things like bedding and electronics when you arrive.
Do your research about your destination. Be brutal when you’re choosing what to take. Check out our tips on what to pack and what to leave for more advice.
2. Save on packaging.
Why go out and buy a whole new roll of bubble wrap when you’ve got a stack of newspapers sitting out back? Why buy brand new boxes when you could get free ones from your work’s recycling centre or the local supermarket?
A lot of moving companies provide big boxes and packing tape for free, but you’ll still need to organise and pack. So ask friends what they have. Use old shoeboxes. Wrap delicate items in scarves. Pack things into shoes. Use garbage bags. Get creative!
3. It’s all about timing.
Do you have the luxury of flexibility? You may be able to save money by picking off-peak moving dates. A lot of moves happen over the summertime, with lulls in the colder season. Weekends are also very popular for moving (and travel). Flexible timing also allows you to keep an eye out for moving company deals.
4. Get your work to pay.
Relocating for your job? Ask your company to pitch in as part of your package. Even if you can’t get them to cover the full cost of your move, they may be able to contribute.
It’s also worth checking if your company has any recommendations about which companies to use. Take advantage of any existing relationships to get a good deal!
5. Shop around for the best exchange rates.
One smart way to save money when moving internationally is literal. Save on your currency exchange. Lots of companies can do this for you and all claim to have the best rates. So it pays – no pun intended – to do a little background research.
Get country-specific when looking for rates. You may find companies or deals specifically suited to the move you’re making. Don’t forget to look into hidden fees. These can crop up on either end of your money’s journey from one currency to another, or somewhere in the middle.
Also look for alternatives to international exchange companies. Travel cards are often an excellent choice for smaller amounts of money. Banks can also be a good option. If you need to open up a new bank account in your new country, see if they can offer competitive options.
6. Pick a cross country mover who offers the services you want.
There’s no point paying for services you don’t need. Think carefully about the size of your move and what you actually need. Many international movers offer services like storage, packaging, relocation consultation, customs clearance, and home delivery. They’ll also have different options for different shipment sizes.
In some cases, it may be easy enough for you to arrange the move yourself. It is possible to do a small move using your baggage allowance en route and postal services.
However, there’s lots to consider when organising an international move yourself. This includes those sometimes tricky issues of customs clearance and insurance. Cross country moving companies have a lot of expertise with international moves. Sometimes, for the amount of time and hassle you might spend further down the track, it’s worth getting an expert in. Just be clear about what you need.
7. Do your research.
Have you noticed this theme? Research is always key to finding the cheapest way to do things. It will also help ensure you get the results you want.
Whether you’re picking a cross country mover, booking flights, or finding a place to stay, you can save money by researching first.
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Ask friends, research online, talk to companies who provide services. Compare your options.
8. Think big picture. Plan!
Physical relocation to a new place is only one part of the journey – especially if you’re moving across countries. There are lots of ways you can save money in the whole enterprise. A bit of planning for your whole move goes a long, long way.
Our moving checklists can help you plan from three months out.
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