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Emigration is rarely a cheap affair and, as most emigrants regard it as a ‘once in a lifetime’ step, they won’t want to cut corners. Yet, if you’re sensible, you can still enjoy significant cost savings on your impending emigration and have plenty of money left over for the more fun aspects of moving abroad, or indeed, for those inevitable ‘rainy days’!
Calculate your emigration budget carefully
When you decide to emigrate, it’s imperative that you calculate your emigration budget carefully. Of course, there are the more obvious costs, such as your airfare, international removal expenses, insurance, vaccinations and visas. Then there are the other, perhaps unforeseen financial outlays, such as penalties incurred for early cancellation of energy contracts and TV, phone and Internet subscriptions. Directly after emigration, you’ll likely encounter settling in costs too, which can range from the purchase of a new car to paying the deposit on your home. Make a list of all potential costs and keep aside an additional 15 – 25 per cent of your total emigration budget for any unexpected outgoings.
Save on your emigration costs wherever possible
If you’re planning to relocate to a far-flung destination, tickets will likely form an important part of your emigration budget. You can save significantly on airline fares by booking well in advance and by choosing an off-peak departure date and time. So, if you’re going to emigrate to Thailand for example, don’t fly over the Christmas period and if you’re moving to Spain, try and avoid leaving during the summer season.
The removal or shipment of your belongings will also heavily impact your emigration funds. Naturally, the more stuff that you take with you, the higher the final bill, so give some serious consideration to what you really need. Large furniture items that can be readily purchased elsewhere and have absolutely no emotional value can be left with family or friends, sold or donated to a charity of your choice. And there’s no point bringing stacks of typical Dutch products to the United States for example, when you can easily order these online Dutch from supermarkets such as Holland at Home. Make a list of essential items and request quotes from several international movers to obtain the best deal.
Once at your chosen destination, it’s a good idea to move in temporarily with family or friends if possible. This will give you adequate breathing space to find affordable accommodation. If you don’t have the luxury of connections in your new country of residence, then rent budget holiday accommodation in the first instance and begin your search for more permanent housing upon arrival. Never sign a rental agreement on a property that you have only viewed over the Internet, as photos can often be misleading. In addition, you’ll usually find much cheaper and more suitable accommodation by engaging with local estate agents once you’ve moved. Don’t forget that decent housing is one of the most important foundations for a healthy and successful start in your new home!
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?