Plan a Budget for your International Move
When preparing for your move to a different country, do not get caught up in all of the excitement, without first making a budget and planning accordingly. There are many expenditures involved with relocating and often much more when moving abroad. Here are some things that Allied International would like you to think about, to help make sure you do not go over budget on your move overseas.
Costs You May Not Think Of
If you intend on relocating overseas, you need the correct documentation– such as a passport as well as a visa, if you plan on working. If you do not have one currently, you will have to pay a fee when you submit your passport application. Costs may differ from country to country, yet you should expect to pay around $140, which is the price of a new passport in the United States.
If you currently have a passport, check to see when it expires. If it will be ending while you are abroad, then you ought to think about renewing it ahead of your trip. You definitely do not want to be stuck someplace overseas without a legitimate passport.
Visas will certainly differ depending on where you are intending on relocating, or just visiting, as well as whether or not you will be working, going to school or simply living there. Each type of visa will have various costs attached to them so expect to pay at the minimum an application fee. You will want to make sure that you include this in your budget for moving expenses.
The cost of a flight can vary greatly depending on what airline you choose and how far you are traveling. In fact, it could potentially be your greatest expense for your move. Do your best to shop around for the very best rate on your flight or travel plans. If you have frequent flyer miles, do not be afraid to use them!
When you are flying, one more added expense to consider will be your baggage. Many airlines currently charge for checked bags, which can add up in a hurry if you are planning on going this route as opposed to having your items shipped.
If you are bringing most of your possessions with you on your flight, whether checked-in or carry-on, chances are your moving and delivery costs will be relatively low. On the other hand, if you are relocating long-term and also will be bringing a whole household worth of items with you, you will absolutely have to consider moving costs. You will have two choices when it comes to moving your valuables; by sea or by air. Make a decision which better fits your timeline, budget and needs. Delivering by sea is commonly cheaper however it takes even more time. Delivering by air is much faster, however the speed frequently comes at a costs. Contact Allied International and find out our rates to help keep within your budgetary constraints.
You should also factor in housing costs in your new location. Hotel accommodations might have to be made if your new home is not ready for you to move in yet, as well as potential storage of your items. Both of these factors will greatly affect your moving budget, so it is important to plan ahead.
When you secure your house, you might have to pay a security deposit, advanced rental fee or other fees, prior to moving your new residence. Be sure to add these numbers right into your moving budget plan, so you can avoid any sticker shock throughout an already difficult time.
When you have factored in all of these costs, you will find that it is much easier to plan an accurate budget. It is always better to be prepared than to delve into a stressful scenario blindly. With these tips, you should be better prepared for your international move. Contact Allied International if you have any additional questions or concerns.