Planning a move overseas can be exhausting and expensive. Choosing a moving company that has your best interests in mind can make the situation a little less stressful. If you have never moved internationally before, there are things that you may not know about that have to be done. Lucky for you, professional moving companies have done this before and know what it takes to get your belongings where they need to go. Moving overseas does not have to be a scary situation with Three Men and a Truck by your side.
Steps to Preparing for International Moves
In order to execute an international move smoothly, you will need to get the help of a professional moving company that has the expertise of moving internationally. These movers know what it takes to properly package your items and have them shipped to their destination overseas. There is a vast price range for hiring international movers. A lot depends on the size of the home they are packing up and moving. The price will also depend on if you need to hire a professional packing service provided by the moving company. For an overseas move, you could be looking at a price range of $3,000 to $10,000.
Visas and Immigration Costs
Hopefully, you will use a moving company that will help you with the visa and immigration processes. Some countries will not make you pay for the household goods you bring into the country up to a certain amount. After that amount, they will tax the items. In some countries, you may be looking at fees for bringing in your household items up to $500. Visa fees could also cost around the same amount, but in some countries, they don’t charge anything at all.
Should I pay extra for more coverage with moving insurance?
Your moving company will offer some kind of insurance that covers your items, but the likelihood of the insurance covering your items in full is slim. For this, you will need to get third party insurance through another carrier or get extended coverage offered by your moving company. While your moving company and their affiliates are going to do everything they can to make sure that your items do not get damaged in transport, there is a lot of unknown that comes with the thousands of miles your belongings are going to travel. So, it may be a good idea to opt for additional coverages. The cost for additional coverage can range anywhere from $200 to $1,000.
Storage, Boxes, and Packing Materials
For a move overseas, you will need to use packing materials that can withstand the trip. General boxes are not going to cut it, and they will need to be sturdier. Boxes that are sturdier than typical boxes can range in price from $4.00 to $17.00 each, so depending on the number of boxes you need, this could add up. The pricing does not include the extra items like bubble wrap and packing tape. If you want a more cost-efficient solution, you may check into the rates of packing professionals that are a part of a full-service moving company.
Storage is another option that has to be utilized in moves overseas. Some people spend the first part of their move overseas traveling. For this, they will often put their belongings in storage while they travel. Other scenarios where storage may be necessary is if the new home has not been completed. The cost of storage can run as high as $200 to $400 per month, depending on the size of the unit needed. This cost could also increase if it is a climate-controlled unit.
Flights, Accommodations, and Pets
You aren’t able to accompany your belongings on their trip overseas, so you will have to make your own flight plans. Depending on the flight you have to take, and the connecting flights associated with it, the amount you pay for plane tickets could add up. You may also need to find temporary accommodations until your belongings reach your new home. Between the two, you could possibly be spending between $2,250 and $6,550.
Furry family members will have to be taken into consideration during an international move. A lot of times you can make accommodations to bring your pet on the plane with you. Flying with your pet will be the fastest and cheapest option available. You can’t ship them with your belongings due to restrictions by carriers. You will need to make sure they are correctly crated or placed in a carrier. Depending on the pet and the airline rules, you could be looking at spending $200 to $500 for your pets.
Trash Removal and Unwanted Items
When you make a large move, like overseas, people use it as an excuse to get rid of unwanted items. These items can often be donated, sold, or trashed. If you have a lot of unwanted items that are not in a condition to sell or donate, renting a large trash bin may be the solution to all your troubles. These large bins are dropped off by waste companies and then picked up when you are done with them. In the grand scheme of an overseas move, this will more than likely be the easiest part of the move. These waste receptacles run anywhere from $150 to $250 for drop-off and pick-up.
Finding an Overseas Moving Solution
Three Men and a Truck offer many overseas moving options that can fit your budget. The price ranges for an international move can run $6,150 to $20,200 depending on the size of the move and season you are moving. An experienced professional moving company will offer both competitive and fair rates when you need to move internationally. These companies help you with all the steps that need to be taken before, during, and after the move. If you are unsure what you need to do to start the process, call Three Men and a Truck for a free no-obligation quote.