Top Tips for How to Save Money When Moving Abroad

July 27 2020

When moving abroad we know that every penny counts for you. We have a wide range of ways we have created to save you money when moving abroad from our international shipping service to our send your bag abroad service. When looking for ways to save money when moving overseas it saves to be savvy, that’s why we’ve pulled together our top tips on how to save money when moving abroad.

1. Choose Your International Shipping Service Well

When it comes to moving your belongings overseas, we know how tempting it may be to go with the cheapest international shipping company you see. However, it is important to read into exactly what you are getting for that international shipping cost. Is it an all-inclusive cost or does it only cover certain services? Does it provide everything you need in order to move abroad or will you find yourself paying for additional services further down the line? Here at Anglo Pacific World Movers, we know how difficult it can be to navigate the world of overseas shipping services so make sure to provide one, all-inclusive cost for our shipping services, with no added costs further down the line.


2. Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Whilst we know that sometimes changes happen fast and you can find yourself needing to move home quickly, if you can give yourself extra time then do. Aside from being a more relaxing experience overall, by allowing yourself more time to send your belonging overseas you could also save money on international shipping costs. The reason for this is simple, longer international shipping services tend to be more cost-effective. If you want your items shipped abroad quickly, then this is something you will pay extra for.


3. Choose Land or Sea Freight Over Air Freight

Along the same lines as our previous tip on how to save money when moving abroad, this is one that could save you a lot of money when moving overseas. International air freight, although quicker is also one of the most expensive ways to send your home belongings abroad and can take up a large portion of your moving budget. In contrast to this, international land and sea freight shipping services, if available, tend to work out to be a cheaper way to send your belongings and can save you money when moving abroad.


4. Plan, Plan, Plan

One of our most important ways to save money when moving abroad is to plan every aspect of your trip. We know that when moving overseas some unexpected surprises are bound to happen but the more you can plan for your international move, the more likely you are to be able to save money during the move. Planning allows you to account for any delays that may arise and calculate exactly how long everything should take to ensure your new home is ready overseas in time for both your arrival and the arrival of your belongings. Planning ahead will also ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork ready when you arrive to avoid any additional fees or costs incurred requesting more paperwork or documents.


5. Do You Really Need to Ship Everything Abroad?

Although you may be fond of a particularly heavy item or want to avoid throwing things away when moving to a new country, you should remember that most things can be bought when moving to a new place and lower-cost shops do exist abroad. Getting rid of old, no-longer-needed items or putting heavier items into storage can end up saving you a lot of money when shipping your furniture abroad as a lot of shipping companies will base your international moving quote on the size and weight of your load. Therefore, if your load is lighter, you will save money on sending your belongings abroad and leave money for other costs incurred when moving abroad.


6. Check the Customs Requirements of the Country You Are Moving to

Before you pack to move abroad, do a thorough investigation of the country’s customs requirements. Some countries are extremely strict about what they let into the country and how and you can incur heavy charges if you try to import something into the country you shouldn’t be. If you are moving a car abroad, for example, some countries have specific rules about the age and manufacturing of cars whilst even something that may seem everyday like a potted plant or chewing gum can be restricted when entering some countries. As well as heavy customs charges, delays at customs can be costly as they could affect transport plans or mean you have to buy new items that have been stopped at the border.


7. Plan Your Flights When Moving Abroad

One cost that many people don’t consider when moving abroad is the cost of flying yourself out to your new home abroad. By choosing your flight time wisely you could save yourself a lot of money when moving abroad. Flying in school holidays to a popular holiday destination, for example, could be one of the most expensive ways to move abroad. Travelling in the off-season at a quieter flight time, however, could see you finding a cheaper flight to move abroad and save you money on the costs of moving overseas.


8. Save Money Sending Your Money Overseas

When moving abroad, one of our top tips for saving money is to choose a specialist overseas money transfer service that won’t charge you excessive fees for moving your money overseas. Here at Anglo Pacific World Movers, we have partnered with the award-winning Halo Financial to provide a cost-effective money transfer service to save you money when emigrating. They can help you with buying or selling your property when moving abroad, salaries and pensions as well as organising your living costs, paying bills and more in your new country.


9. Arrange Work in Your Destination Country

Although you may have already arranged this before moving, securing a job offer in your new country before moving abroad can help offset the costs you will incur when moving overseas. Having a new job ready to start will ensure you have the smallest window of unemployment when moving to your new country. This will make sure you have enough money to cover any living expenses in your chosen country and don’t have to spend time travelling to interviews and applying to jobs whilst trying to settle into your new life abroad. It is important you have the correct permits and visas to allow you to work in another country, so securing your employment before you move will give you the time to process any paperwork before you start your new role.


International Shipping Services from Anglo Pacific World Movers

If you are planning on moving abroad and looking for a cost-effective international shipping service with plenty of experience, get in touch with the team here at Anglo Pacific World Movers. We send countless happy customers abroad every single year and have a wide range of international shipping services as well as bag shipping services available to suit every need and budget.


Get in touch with the team online or on 0800 633 5445 to find out more and get your free international shipping quote now.

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