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How to Save Money on Your Move to Canada

Jun 21. 2024

An international move, whilst exciting, will also involve significant expense. No matter whether you’re relocating to Canada for work, to be closer to family or for a new start, there are some ways to save money, without compromising on the quality of your move. Here we give some tips on how to manage your budget effectively and save yourself from any unnecessary expenses during your move to Canada. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to starting your new life in Canada without unnecessary financial stress.

Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is one of the key factors to not incurring unnecessary expense. Leaving it to the last minute to make arrangements will make it harder to maintain control of the budget for moving. Certainly, when it comes to arranging the removals to Canada, it’s important to contact an international removals company with as much notice as you can. If you obtain more than one quote to compare companies, ensure that you compare ‘like for like.’ Also bear in mind that whilst you may be looking for an economical option, ensure that you are receiving an appropriate level of service and choose a company that you’re happy with. Remember, a successful move is not just about saving money but also about ensuring your belongings arrive safely and on time.

Declutter and Downsize
Moving house is always a good opportunity to have a sort out and declutter. When it comes to organising an international move, it’s particularly worthwhile to sort through and really think about what you want and need in your new life in Canada. The greater the volume of effects that you take, the more it will cost in removal charges. Sell, donate, or recycle items you no longer need or use.

Opt for Sea Freight Over Air Freight
If you can wait for your effects to be delivered in Canada, opting for sea freight (sending your possessions in a shipping container) rather than sending your items by air, is cheaper. If there are some items that you need more urgently to arrive in Canada, it may be worth sending some by air freight but arranging for the bulk of items to arrive by sea.

Money Matters
When it comes to moving your funds to Canada, a really useful tip to help save money on the move is to use a currency company rather than using a bank to do the transfer. Currency companies are able to beat the exchange rates offered by banks and have no hidden fees. There can be quite substantial savings to be made by choosing a currency company such as LumonPay or Currencies Direct.

Groupage Services
If you don’t have enough furniture and effects to fill an entire container, your removal company should be able to offer a consider using a consolidation service. This means that you will share a container with other customers who are moving to the same destination. This option significantly reduces the costs of a sole use container, but it will take longer for your items to arrive.


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