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How To Budget For Your International Move

Published by Chris Townsend

How To Budget For Your International Move

When considering relocation overseas, don't get caught up in the romanticism of it all without first reviewing your bank account. Moving costs a lot of money, and moving overseas may be considerably more expensive.

Moving out is a complicated and exhausting process, let’s get that out there. A local relocation needs a great deal of preparation. When it comes to international relocation, double the labor required by a few times and you'll quickly realize that everything gets overwhelming. It consists of a wide variety of tasks that you may find exhausting, as well as mounds of paperwork to complete.

  1. Prepare in advance.
  • Once you know where you're going and when you're going, there's nothing stopping you from scheduling the shipment of your possessions. Almost every facet of your relocation will benefit greatly by completing it as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you'll be forced to choose between flying your belongings for an exorbitant fee or it might be arriving many weeks ahead of the rest of your goods. Begin contacting shipping providers at least three to four months before your anticipated move date.
  1. Use a spreadsheet to keep track of your budget.
  • You must keep track of your budget to be aware of all of your costs, both past, and future. It is a good idea to construct a spreadsheet for your relocation budget to have all of the data in one spot. There are several useful tools and applications available, ranging from the most simple to the most complex. Microsoft Excel, which is readily accessible on most computers, is one of these. If you prefer to create a physical spreadsheet, simply construct a table on a bigger piece of paper and fill in all the categories. Whatever you decide, make sure to include every item, and categorize them appropriately, in your budget.
Overseas shipping price
  1. Opt for ocean freight over air freight.
  • If you're seeking the cheapest option to ship your stuff overseas, sea freight should be your top priority. Maritime freight is typically 12-16 times less expensive than air freight. This is mostly due to huge overcapacity in the global maritime freight business, which means supply is outweighing demand and keeping prices low. Airfreight is likewise more expensive than sea freight since it is faster. What it takes a marine freighter 20-30 days to do, aviation freight can complete in a matter of days.
  1. Evaluate shipping costs.
  • Before making a purchase, every sane client will do some research. This may seem expensive when purchasing a meal at a restaurant, but it is good practice when relocating overseas. Several shipping firms are operating on practically every route across the world, so you have options. You must weigh your alternatives before selecting the first moving company you come across.
  1. Prepare for international financing.
  • When you relocate overseas, you will always leave a piece of yourself behind. This applies especially to money matters. If you have money in a bank, you'll most likely need to withdraw them after you're settled in your new country. However, this becomes costly because sending money abroad incurs a slew of charges and unfair currency rates. Your hard-earned stash of unspent pennies will begin to dwindle as it enters your brand-new bank account.

You should open an account with a new bank in another country as soon as possible. Begin the application procedure for an offshore bank account as soon as feasible before leaving your native country. While you may not be able to register an account before arriving in your new country, you may still obtain all of the necessary paperwork while there. Delays in creating a bank account might result in unanticipated financial strain. You may have difficulty getting lodging, acquiring a credit card or telephone, or depositing your paycheck if you do not have a local account. Before you relocate, call your new bank and find out what paperwork you'll need to get started.

Ensure pets vaccinate
  1. Vaccinate your pets.
  • By keeping your four-legged companion up to date on its vaccinations, you will not only be watching after its wellbeing, but you may also be able to save it from going to quarantine. Ensure your critter is fully vaccinated before embarking on your new trip. Make sure to give yourself more than enough time to get things done to prevent stress and late fines. Distinct nations have different restrictions in place, but in general, quarantine includes a variety of expenses. If you fail to arrange for your pet's documentation and immunizations, you may be forced to part ways with your companion, since it will be refused admission into your new country of residence. This may include additional flying charges as well as the agony of saying goodbye to a beloved family member. As well as having to arrange a return trip for your pet while you're away, you'll also most likely have to cope with price increases at the last minute.
  1. Look around for cost-effective medical insurance.
  • It is recommended that you should obtain private medical insurance in most locations throughout the world. Even if your new country has a well-functioning national healthcare system, it may take some time for you to gain access to it. You may be required to stay in the region for a set period or to get a specific type of residency visa.
  1. Prepare your taxes.
  • Once you've decided to relocate overseas, make sure you contact your existing government. People frequently wind up paying income tax twice and only receiving the benefits in the nation to which they have relocated.
Avoiding paying customs taxes
  1. Avoid paying excessive customs fees.
  • Getting your stuff through customs is never an easy procedure, but you may take efforts to make it go as easily as possible. If you take shortcuts, your international relocation may be plagued by increased expenditures, heaps of unnecessary documentation, and misplaced things. Almost every country in the globe will need you to produce a full, comprehensive list of everything you want to import into the country. Although it may seem intrusive, this information assists border officers when calculating customs taxes and keeping an eye out for suspicious activities. It's highly unlikely that you'll be able to smuggle anything past x-ray scanning or physical examination. If your items are difficult to check during physical inspections, the procedure will be extended and you will be charged additional expenses.
  1. Full Container Load vs Less Than Container Load.
  • When considering marine freight, you'll be given two choices: Full Container Load (FCL) or Less Than Container Load (LCL). You will pay a set cost for the complete usage of a 20ft container with FCL, whereas LCL implies splitting a container with several other customers. LCL is the more cost-effective alternative if you are simply transporting a limited amount of cargo. This is no longer the case until you reach roughly 15 cubic meters of goods. After this point, you're better off hiring an entire container, even if you just need half of it.
  1. Flights should be purchased at the ideal time.
  • Sundays are also recommended by most airlines as the ideal weekday to purchase your travel tickets. Wednesdays are the worst day for ticket purchases. Naturally, off-peak seasons provide the best prospects for obtaining inexpensive tickets, so attempt to travel when there aren't as many visitors heading in the same direction. You may be confident that you will save a lot of money on aircraft tickets as a result of these tips.
Sell the excess items
  1. Sell the items you no longer require.
  • The fewer items you bring, the less expensive your cargo will be. You'll spend a lot less money if you can reduce the excess before packing up and sending it out. When relocating to your new home, you should bring half of your belongings and much more funds than you thought you'd need.
  1. Begin saving right away.
  • If you're truly considering moving overseas, now is the time to start saving. We recommend you have several months' worth of living expenses in the bank before you relocate overseas, or in a low-risk savings account. Depending on your lifestyle, you may require more or less.
  1. Include the cost of your old home.
  • In addition to various expenses you will be incurring in your relocation, you must include housing costs in your international relocation budget, whether you are selling your property or leaving a rented one. There are several costs to consider when selling your own house.
  1. Include travel expenses.
  • When relocating abroad, many individuals choose to fly there. This is an excellent method to save both time and money. While aircraft tickets may appear to be more expensive than driving, this is not the case. You don't have to pay for petrol, parking, or meals at each stop when you fly.
Professional moving company
  1. Transfer with the assistance of a professional moving company.
  • It's important to choose the right professional movers if you want your move to be easier and less stressful. Moving companies that are the cheapest are generally fraudulent. You should instead ask friends and the internet for ideas and then browse independently. It's important to find an affordable firm that meets your needs as well.


  • To obtain relocation assistance, especially if you are moving overseas, please call us at (888) 202-0036. If you need moving services, we can help.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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