It’s always quite intimidating to move to a foreign country. Not only are you setting out to live in new lands, near new people, and seeking a new lifestyle, but the cost of it all can quickly get out of hand. Moving services are actually cost efficient and set at affordable rates, so there’s no need to fret the decision to hire professionals. Try not to worry about the costs associated with your move too much or you’ll strip away all the excitement. Search for a reliable international moving company with a great reputation and low service rates.
Compare the quotes and information you gather as you use the Internet to find the perfect mover to help you relocate to Finland from the U.S. Most moving companies offer online calculators or over the phone quotes to give you a rough idea of what their services might cost you. Take advantage of these tools and offers so you can use these roundabout quotes for comparison purposes. Although they have the right to set their own rates, most movers base their prices off the same criteria. The total cost of your moving services is determined by and includes but isn’t limited to, the current cost of fuel, the weight of your things to ship off, the time of year, the services you choose to purchase, and other small details.
What You Can Do to Keep the Cost of Moving from Breaking the Bank
Once you decide to make the move to Finland, start saving immediately. You should have several months of savings (at least) before you take off to the new country to reside. You should also save several thousand dollars or the same amount of money as you were quoted by the movers for the completion of their moving services. Even though it’s more convenient to buy full service or full packing services, you can save by opting to handle some aspects of the move on your own, such as the process of packing.
When you start to pack, you must have the proper packaging materials and supplies prepared. You’ll need to meet the packing and labeling standards set by Finland if the items are to get accepted into the nation upon their arrival. Although there are restrictions in place, you can use linens, clothes, newspapers and other such materials lying around the home to help protect fragile items boxed up or to fill in the empty voids left in the boxes you packed. This will prevent you from spending money on all the alternative material options including packing peanuts, foam sheets and more.
By sorting through your things to get rid of some items, you can save money. Reducing the weight of your things will help cut the cost of moving down. The movers weigh your things once they are loaded on the truck so that they can price your services accordingly. The less you bring to Finland, the better. If you choose to hold a garage sale before the move, you can save the cash made for expenses over in Finland.
Choose Ground and Boat Transport Options
When you choose your moving services through an international mover, opt for some of the cheaper options. These include ground and ship transport methods rather than air shipping methods which tend to be much more expensive. In some cases, such as when you plan to ship a car, you may have open air shipping options. This means that the vehicle is shipped securely on the top of a flatbed ship or open air car hauler. This is the least expensive way to have something transported. However, for the transport of household goods, your only option might be enclosed shipping. This is still a cheaper shipping option and will provide your things with more protection, although all licensed movers are required to carry insurance coverage according to the laws of their state.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.