Budgeting for an International Move


How much will an international move cost?

Every overseas move is different and estimating your total cost can be complex. Your JK Moving Services international move coordinator can help you create a budget for moving overseas, accounting for things like moving costs, taxes, fees, insurance, and customs expenses as well as less obvious costs like vaccinations. The checklist below can start you thinking about the total cost of your move and give you some ideas for keeping your costs in check.

A checklist for costing out your move:

Most people are familiar with domestic moves where costs are calculated by time (labor) and materials or by shipment weight. But there are some subtle differences when it comes to budgeting for an international move.

How much will your packed items weigh? The cost of an international move is estimated taking many variables into account, but typically the most important is the weight and the volume of belongings you plan to take with you.

What kinds of goods are you moving? Valuable or irreplaceable items cost more to move overseas, in part because they require more care in packing and more insurance coverage. Fine art, for example, will involve custom crating and extra insurance protection.

Are you shipping an automobile? Assessing the costs of shipping your car overseas involves some trade-offs. You can ship it via container, which is more expensive but less risky, or as a roll-on/roll-off shipment.

Land, sea, or air shipping? How you ship your goods also involves some analysis of pros and cons. Land or sea shipping is of course less costly than air shipping, but it takes weeks longer. This is where it really comes down to your budget and your timeline.

Don’t forget replacement costs. Should the unthinkable happen, what would it cost to replace all your belongings in your destination country? This is a great way to think about the worst-case costs of your move. Professional valuation services are vital to assessing these potential costs.

Add up fees, taxes, and documents. Depending on your destination, the fees involved with obtaining proper customs documents, paying the actual customs fees, entry taxes, and port fees can add up. An international moving expert can help you get a total based on where you’re headed and how.

How will you live before your shipment arrives? Before your things arrive, you may be paying for things like temporary housing, taxis, dining out, and laundry services. These costs can be significant.

What will you be wearing? If the climate or culture is different where you’re heading, you may need to revamp your wardrobe. Be sure you weigh the costs of buying new clothing here and shipping them vs. waiting until you arrive.

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