How To Move Overseas From Germany On A Tight Budget

Expat Moving Overseas From Germany

There will be a time, sooner or later, when you will decide to leave Germany, whether you are moving home to be with family or simply going on an adventure. What can you do to make your next international move easier?

 

 

Remember, it’s not just the move you’ll need to prepare for. There are lots of things you’ll need to settle and finalize in Germany before you embark.

 

 

Here is a guide to help you remember everything you’ll need to take care of on a tight budget (because moving overseas can get expensive!).

 

 

 

Give Proper Notice to Landlord

 

 

As a general rule, you should start with this step. Fortunately, German law protects tenants well, so termination of your rental agreement should be no problem for you. However, you must generally provide your landlord with three months’ written notice unless your tenancy agreement mandates otherwise. 

 

 

If you were renting short-term or have a fixed-term contract, the rules would be different. Check your agreement if you are unsure. 

 

 

 If you cannot honor the notice period, the landlord may charge you a fee, but he may waive this if the landlord could quickly find a suitable tenant. In all cases, the termination notice should be in writing.

 

 

You will be expected to leave the premises in a clean condition, and many leases stipulate that there will be renovations. You will need to terminate utilities and conduct a final meter reading. Additionally, it is a good idea to keep your German bank account open for the time being in order to deal with final settlements.

 

 

At the time of your move-in, you probably provided the landlord with a deposit equivalent to several months’ rent. Should this be the case, you should receive the money back with interest. Landlords may deduct a portion of the deposit for any necessary repairs.

 

 

 

Make a Budget Plan

 

 

It’s impossible to move abroad on a shoestring budget, which means you need to come up with a plan to stay within your budget. Before working with a moving company, find out how much you can afford to spend before you approach them.

 

 

A move abroad without an estimate of the total cost will most likely cost you more than your budget allows. Plan the entire move keeping your budget in mind so that you don’t incur any unnecessary expenses. It’s best to have a general understanding of what your options are so you’re not surprised when your adjustments don’t work.

 

 

 

Obtain Quotes From International Movers

 

 

Prior to choosing a moving company, you should find one that offers the best value for your money, rather than the cheapest. It is important to check out at least three or four international moving companies and compare their quotes before deciding on a moving company. 

 

 

Make sure you check reviews to make an informed decision as well. You will have a smoother move if your moving company is efficient and experienced.

 

 

 

Examine affordable shipping options

 

 

Air and sea shipping options are available for international moves. Choosing sea freight over air freight can help you reduce the cost of an international move significantly if cost is your main concern and you do not face any time constraints.

 

 

You can also choose between Full Container Load (FCL) and Less Than Container Load (LCL) with sea freight. LCL can be used when the cargo size is less and you only need to pay for the used space, thus saving space for other loads in the container.

 

 

Be sure to consider all the available shipping options and become familiar with their pros and cons before making a final decision.

 

 

 

Get Rid of Unnecessary Items Before You Move from Germany

 

 

A great way to move abroad at a lower cost is to sell everything you don’t need. Because shipping costs are determined by weight, you save more by bringing less. It does not mean you must give up your most precious possessions.

 

 

There’s a pretty good chance you won’t need to pack all your jackets and coats if you’re moving to a warm country from chilly Germany. Organize and decide what to keep and what to discard from your belongings. Get some extra cash for your move by selling things on eBay, Letgo, and Facebook Marketplace.

 

 

 

Timing is Important With Moving Overseas

 

 

When you move abroad, timing is arguably an important factor that determines the final cost. Whenever you are planning on moving abroad, avoid the peak moving season as well as any festive occasions in your host country. It is often more expensive to move during these times. Second, book a moving company as early as possible since you will have sufficient time to organize everything at home and enjoy great potential discounts.

 

 

While you are planning your trip, keep in mind that it will be helpful to keep the flight and hotel booking costs low if you book your flight tickets and hotel rooms at the appropriate time. Never wait until the last minute!

 

 

 

Make sure your documents are ready

 

 

It will be a good idea to prepare yourself well in advance if this is your first time moving internationally. Prepare all of the documents you will need ahead of time for your international relocation. You may have to pay hefty fees in order to expedite passports, visas, and work permits. In order to save money on your international move, you should avoid situations like this.

 

 

A US passport can be processed within four to six weeks, while the renewal process can take up to eight weeks. Visa processing times vary greatly between countries. 

 

 

As an example, the processing time for a UK visa ranges from 24 hours to 15 working days, while the processing time for an American visa can vary from 60 days to 6 months. 

 

 

It is typical for countries to apply for the documentation on a case-by-case basis, making it prudent to apply for the documentation sooner rather than later to avoid additional costs.

 

 

 

Moving from Germany with UPakWeShip EU

 

 

Our shipping specialists will make helpful suggestions so that your quote price is as low as possible. You can choose the size of the shipping container that best suits your needs.  

 

Packing yourself is one way to save money. Moving materials are available from UPakWeShip EU to make packing easier. When your container is ready for collection, UPakWeShip EU will take it to its destination (your home or a port).

 

Contact UPakWeShip to start your quote. Get assistance in moving internationally from a member of our team. With confidence, rest assured that your new adventure will be your smoothest, easiest, and most economical move yet.

 

 

Mark Nash
Mark Nash
"The Moving Doctor", Mark Nash has been in the moving business for over 33 years and currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers (IAM).

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