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10 Ways to Save Money on Your Overseas Relocation

Updated: Jul 14

Are you getting ready for an overseas relocation? Let's welcome the rush of excitement of starting fresh, exploring new surroundings, and creating new memories.

But let's be honest, the process comes with a lot of planning and organization and that can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to managing costs. From hiring international movers to getting paperwork ready, the expenses can quickly add up.

But what if you could relocate without breaking the bank? What if you could make your move budget-friendly?

In this article, we'll explore 10 ways to save on a budget-friendly relocation. You'll find practical tips and strategies that are cost-efficient and alternative solutions to help you stay within budget.

It doesn't matter if you're a student moving for education, a professional relocating for work, or a family planning a big move, you'll find useful cost-saving tips.

So, let's dive into the world of budget-friendly move and discover how you can save those big bucks during your overseas relocation.

1. Plan Your Overseas Relocation Early

planning and organizing relocation

Let's face it, starting early is definitely one of those useful tips that will help you find resources within your budget. Planning ahead will give you the benefit of exploring different options, comparing costs from different solutions and making informed decisions that align with your budget. Here's a few things you can do to avoid last-minute expenses:

  • Collect quotes from different international moving companies.

  • Find cheap flights

  • Find cheap accomodation

  • Explore alternative packing solutions

  • Get advice from others.

2. Compare Moving Quotes from International Moving Companies

One of the biggest costs that is associated with moving abroad is no other than moving costs. That's why you should research moving companies thoroughly and find the best moving company that aligns with your budget and offers the services you need.

Don't just opt for the first moving coming you find, but research thouroughly and request detailed quotes. This will give you the ability to compare prices, services and any hidden costs that aren't mentioned.

Also, it's important to keep in mind that while low costs sound tempting, it could be an indication of a scam. Be sure to find reviews and feedback and check our detailed guy on How to Choose the Best International Moving Company.

Here are some steps to follow:

  • Request quotes from at least three different moving companies.

  • Ensure each quote includes all services, from packing to unloading.

  • Check online reviews and ratings of each company.

  • Don't hesitate to negotiate the price or ask for discounts.

3. Declutter Your Home

woman creating a donate box while packing

Packing for a move can be an absolute nightmare. So before you get started, it is time to roll up your sleeves and declutter your home. Think about it this way, the fewer items you move, the less you'll have to pay on shipping and moving costs.

In our packing guide, you'll find packing advice to make your move a whole lot smoother, but here's a few pointers to help you get started on decluttering:

  • Sort your belongings into 4 categories: Keep, sell, donate and trash.

  • Look at your 'keep' category and any item you haven't used, move to another pile.

  • Be ruthless in your decision-making.

  • Always ask yourself if you can find this item in your destination country to help you decide if it is worth shipping.

4. Sell Unwanted Items

woman selling unwanted items in a garage sale before relocation

It's time to take that 'Sell' pile and raise some extra funds. You won't just be saving on moving costs, but you'll be making a bit of extra cash, too. Here are some steps to consider:

  • Use online marketplaces to sell unwanted items.

  • Create a garage sale or find a close one near you to sell clothes, electronics or furniture you don't need.

  • Have an open day where friends and family can come over and snag deals on any items you'll be leaving behind.

5. Find Free or Low-Cost Packing Supplies

using supermarket boxes

Packing supplies can come with a hefty price tag and add a huge lump to your relocation budget. How about considering other alternatives to find free or low-cost packing materials?

You can start by asking friends, family, or neighbors if they have any boxes or packing materials they no longer need. Especially if someone has gone through a move lately, it's most likely they'll have these items lying around.

You can also check with local businesses or big chains. Retail stores, supermarkets, and restaurants often have boxes of supplies that have been sold that they are willing to give away. Just be sure to ask first!

Here are some tips to find free or low-cost packing supplies:

  • Ask friends, family, or neighbors for unused boxes or packing materials.

  • Check with local businesses for free boxes.

  • Use old newspapers, towels, or clothes as packing material.

  • Look for free or low-cost packing supplies on online marketplaces or community groups.

  • Consider renting moving boxes or containers for a more eco-friendly option.

6. Choose the Right Time to Move

relocating during off-season

If you're flexible, consider choosing off-peak moving times to help you save significant amounts on moving costs. Many moving companies charge higher rates during peak season.

By choosing to move during off-peak times, you can take advantage of lower rates. This can result in significant savings, especially for long-distance or international relocations.

Here are some tips to choose the right time to move:

  • Avoid weekends and the beginning or end of the month.

  • Consider moving during the fall or winter months.

  • Be flexible with your moving dates to take advantage of better rates.

  • Check with moving companies for any off-peak discounts or promotions.

7. Do-It-Yourself Where Possible

man packing boxes himself

One of the most effective ways to save on a budget-friendly relocation is to do as much as you can yourself. This can include packing your belongings, loading them onto the moving truck, and even driving the truck to your new home.

While this approach requires more time and effort, it can result in huge savings, especially if you're opting for a low-budget relocation. That way, you'll avoid the costs of professional packing services and moving fees.

Here are some tips for a successful DIY move:

  • Start packing well in advance to avoid last-minute stress

  • Ask friends and family for help with packing and loading.

  • Use a moving checklist to stay organized and on track.

8. Use Shared Shipping Containers

shared shipping containers

Shipping costs can be a huge part of your moving budget, especially if you're moving overseas. One way to reduce these costs is to use shared shipping containers.This can help you split the costs with other using the same container and save a substantial amount on shipping.

Here are some tips for using budget moving services and container sharing:

  • Research and compare different budget moving services.

  • Consider sharing a shipping container if moving overseas.

  • Be flexible with your delivery dates as consolidated shipments may take longer.

  • Always check for any hidden fees or additional charges.

9. Ask for a Relocation Budget

relocation budget for new home

If you're moving for work, your company will probably offer a relocation budget. If not, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for relocation assistance.

Relocation assistance can cover costs such as moving and transportation expenses as well as temporary housing in your new location. Be sure to research costs needed and send them to your company when negotiating a relocation budget.

Here are some tips to seek out relocation assistance and tax deductions:

  • Look for tax deductions or relocation assistance from your employer.

  • If moving for work, negotiate a relocation package with your employer.

  • Look into government grants or subsidies for relocating individuals.

10. Research Cost of Living and Budget-Friendly Housing Alternatives for Your New Location

budgeting and calculating costs on a calculator

Allocating a budget for a new country isn't always easy, but is absolutely necessary. That's why you should conduct thorough research and be aware of the cost of living in your destination country.

You can do this by finding average costs and expenses of every day items in each country here. You'll find average housing and rent costs, utilities, groceries, transportation, and healthcare.

One way to save up on rent is by considering shared apartments if you're single, or opting for living on the outskirts or away from the city center if you're looking for your own flat. Be sure to search for housing options on local websites or even on Airbnb to give you an idea of estimated costs. A pro tip is to ask hosts for discounts for long-term rentals.


Moving doesn't have to break the bank. With careful planning, smart decisions, and a bit of research, you can achieve a budget-friendly relocation.

We hope these tips will help you save money and reduce stress during your move. After all, every penny saved during the moving process is a penny towards your new life. So pack wisely, make the right choices and happy moving!

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