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Moving overseas costs

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Moving overseas costs
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Moving overseas
September 6, 2018
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How much does it cost to move overseas?

Planning on moving overseas but not sure what it will cost? To make sure you are prepared for your move, it’s a good idea to have an accurate estimate of your moving overseas costs. This way, any hidden costs won’t surprise you. WridgWays makes working out international relocation costs easy, with a list of everything you need to know before you move.

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Cost: Between $200 – $1,000

Worried about your goods being damaged while in transit? We know how you feel. Sometimes unexpected things can happen and breakages occur. That’s why you want moving insurance! This will guarantee that your belongings are covered every step of the way. When you get insurance for your belongings, you will spend somewhere between $200 to $1,000 depending on the value of the items you’re moving.


Cost: Between $100 – $400

When you move overseas, it’s a good idea to make sure you’ll have internet, electricity, water, and gas when you get there. After long, international flights, you don’t want to find out there is no hot water at your house! Connecting utilities can cost anywhere from $30 to $100, depending on the provider, so make sure you check who you’re planning on connecting with.

Flights and accommodation

Cost: Between $2,250 – $6,550

Moving overseas is a big deal, and you’ll most likely need to book flights and accommodation for your long journey. International flights can be pricey, so make sure to browse around and get the cheapest deal. You don’t want to miss out on a god bargain! It will cost a family of four between $2,000 and $6,000 depending on where you are flying to. You might need accommodation too if you have any stop overs, and that will cost you another $250 to $550.

Boxes and packing materials

Cost: Between $50 – $100

Some people prefer to pack boxes themselves, rather than let the removalists handle it. That’s fine! You’ll need to make sure you have boxes that are sturdy enough to make the journey overseas. Most moving boxes will cost somewhere between $4 and $17 each depending on the size and what they need to carry. The sturdier they are, the more expensive they will be! By the time you factor in bubble wrap, packing tape, mattress covers, and locks, the total cost will be somewhere between $50 and $100.


Cost: Between $200 – $400 per month

Storage is a great way to keep your belonging safe while you’re travelling. Depending on how long you want to store your goods for, it will cost around $200 to $400 a month. This will give you more than enough space for the belongings of an average family home. You can also add insurance to your storage, to give you that extra peace of mind knowing that your goods are protected. Secure storage facilities are the perfect place to keep your belongings safe while you travel!

Visa and immigration

Cost: Between $0 – $1,000

If you’re about customs and immigration fees you can ask your moving company for help. If you’re lucky, you may not have to pay any customs fees at all. Many countries allow you to bring household goods in up to a certain value, and after that they will tax your items. This could cost anywhere up to around $500. You could also be looking at visa fees of up to $500 depending on what country you’re going to. For some countries, you may pay nothing at all!

Man Handing Over Visa Documents For Moving Overseas


Cost: Between $200 – $500

Planning on taking your pets with you overseas? Make sure you factor the price into your moving overseas costs! If you can take them on the plane with you, this is the fastest and cheapest option. You will need a crate or proper carrier for them, but at least you’ll have your special friend with you on your journey. This will generally cost around $200 to $500 depending on how many pets and the airline rules.

Rubbish removal

Cost: Between $150 – $250

If you’ve got a lot of rubbish to clear out, you should think about hiring a skip bin. These only cost between $150 and $250 depending on the size you need, but will allow you to clear out any junk you have accumulated over the years. This should easily fit within your budget for your international relocation costs. Give away whatever you can to second-hand stores, then dump the rest into the skip bin and have it taken away for you.

Couple Packing Their Belonging For International Removalist


Cost: Between $3,000 – $10,000

This is where you’ll spend the big bucks. Paying someone to pack, transport, and unpack your belongings is one of the most important parts of your international relocation costs. Starting at around $3,000 and reaching anywhere as high as $10,000 depending on how far you are moving, it’s worth choosing a company that you know will give you value for money. There’s no point paying for removalists who won’t do the job properly!

Overseas Removalist Costs Table

Hopefully these estimates give you a better idea of the total international relocation costs. It may seem overwhelming right now, but that’s why WridgWays is here to help. Talk to one of our friendly relocation specialists to work out exactly how much your overseas move will cost you.

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