How Much Does It Cost to Move Overseas?

Of all the things that can cause stress when planning a move abroad , the one thing many people worry about most is the cost of moving internationally. There are a number of things that can affect the cost of an international move, including many things that most busy people never even think of.

When thinking about the cost of an international move, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. The size and weight of your belongings

Unlike statewide movers, which determine the cost of your move based only on how much your things weigh, international moving companies calculate the cost of moving your belongings overseas based on the weight and size of your things after they have been packed in boxes. As a result, initial estimates you get may not be exact if companies forget to factor in how the weight of shipping materials will affect the cost of moving internationally. However, a reputable international moving company will be able to accurately tell you how much your international move will cost after packing.

2. The international moving services you request

The cost of your international move varies greatly depending on the services you request. Most international moving companies offer options for transit time, transportation method, route of transport and containers used during the transport. The more services you request, the higher the cost of your international move will be. In addition, storage at either destination as well as insurance add to the cost of moving internationally.

3. Transporting your automobile

When moving an automobile overseas, you have two options, both of which will affect the cost of an international move: you can ship your automobile in a container or you can choose a roll-on, roll-off shipment. A container is more expensive and therefore will increase the cost of your international move more, but it is also the much safer route as it protects your car from damage during the trip.

4. Temporary living costs

Many people forget to factor in temporary living costs when they think about how much an international move costs. Because your belongings will most likely arrive a few days or weeks after you do, you will need to consider the costs of hotels, food and other expenses along with the cost of your international move. Depending on where you move and how long you have to wait, these costs can significantly affect the cost of moving internationally.

5. Export documents

Documents such as customs, taxes and port fees can have a large impact on the cost of moving internationally. The documents you need can change depending on where you are moving and the speed of transport that you choose. A reputable international moving company will be able to tell you exactly which documents you need to have prior to your international move based on your individual move’s requirements.

If you choose to hire an international moving company, make sure you NEVER choose one that offers you an estimate for the cost of your international move over the phone without first coming to your home and seeing what you will be moving. There are so many factors to weigh in when determining the cost of an international move, and since international moving companies are not regulated by the government there are many scammers out there who prey on people who are not prepared. Platinum Movers is a member of the International Association of Movers, which means that you can be sure all of our movers are fully reliable and will be able to assist you in any way during your international move.

Don’t let concerns about the cost of an international move cause you more stress. If you live in Maryland, Virginia or Washington DC and are thinking about moving abroad, call Platinum Movers today!

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