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How to Ship Your Belongings Overseas

by Chris Heller 10/27/2019

When you decide to relocate abroad, have it in mind it will be expensive to take your property with you – it will be economically wise to downsize your luggage before packing. The decision on what to travel with should depend solely on priority and necessity. Relocating to a new country is quite an exciting experience but requires a lot of money – considering the number of things you need to sort out. 

Things like shipping, visa, flight ticket, immigration, insurance, etc. can set you back with a considerable amount of cash – and that's excluding the cost of settling in when you arrive your new country. The steps listed below would guide you for a successful and cost-efficient international move. 

Opt for Sea Fright Over Air Freight

The cheapest method for transporting your luggage internationally would be through the sea – it saves you a lot of money as against transporting via air. Aside from the cost-benefit, transporting via sea also allows you to carry as much luggage as you can at a minimal amount. Although transporting via the sea is a lot slower than air, the amount you would save on cost is worth the time. 

Begin Early

When it comes to relocating, especially overseas, timing is everything. Do not delay your preparation as you have a lot to benefit from beginning early. As soon as you are sure of where you are going to, nothing is stopping you from packing your things (after setting a date) and shipping them off. Leaving packing preparations till the last minute would mean two things; either you pay a ridiculous amount to transport your luggage via air or your luggage arrives several weeks later than you. 

Compare Shipping Quotes

It wouldn't make any sense to pay double for a service compared to what you could have gotten from another provider. Before settling on a shipping company to transport your luggage, ensure you have obtained quotes from several shipping companies and compared prices. Be sure you get the best deal. 

Book Flights During Off-Peak Season

The cost of flying long distance cost a fortune. To get the best deal when booking for your trip, you might need to book during off-peak seasons. You should also consider flying at periods where there are not a lot of tourist heading to your destination. 

Sell Off What You Don't Need

When moving to a new country, you would probably not need half the stuff you think you do – be wise in your selection. It's better to go with little belongings, but with enough cash, most of your belongings are replaceable. Sell off things you don't need or things that would cost you less to replace rather than relocate. 

Move to An Economically-Friendly Country

If you are not particular about where you are relocating to, consider relocating to an economically-friendly country. Some countries are a lot more cost-effective to live in than others. If all you want is to get away from home to a country with abundant sunshine, consider countries in Asia over countries like Australia.

About the Author
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Chris Heller


Chris Heller has built one of the most successful real estate teams in the United States. From his selection as Rookie of the Year in 1989 to being the top-producing agent in San Diego County and the #1 Keller Williams associate in all of North America, Chris has earned the respect of colleagues and clients for the exceptional results he delivers.

Under Chris' leadership, the Chris Heller Team has sold literally thousands of homes. In fact, he has sold more than 100 homes a year every year for the past two decades. During a five-year stretch of one of the most challenging real estate markets in history, his sales volume totaled more than $450 million.
Chris has succeeded in a highly competitive marketplace through his leadership, drive and ability to assemble and empower high-performing teams. The specialized members of the Chris Heller Team provide unrivaled market knowledge and client service.

Chris also serves as the owner and operator of several Keller Williams market centers and has helped build Keller Williams into one of the largest and fastest growing real estate franchise operations in the world. In 2011, Chris was asked to lead Keller Williams Worldwide. Under his leadership, Keller Williams has expanded into more than a dozen countries, including Dubai, Indonesia, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. Chris' deep connections to real estate leaders throughout the world provide his clients with a unique global perspective and exposure to international buyers and sellers.