Shipping Furniture To England: 5 Money Saving Tips

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October 4, 2021

Shipping Furniture To England: 5 Money Saving Tips

Shipping Furniture To England

Moving abroad is both exciting and confusing. As more and more people seek to move abroad, companies have popped up to help you achieve your dreams without the hassle – but it can still be expensive. 

 

One thing you need to consider when moving abroad is how you will ship your furniture without spending a fortune. While it won’t be cheap, there are several ways to save money on shipping furniture to England when you’re ready to make the big move. 

 

Keep reading to learn how you can save money and start living in your new country surrounded by the furniture that makes you feel at home! 

 

 

How to Save Money Shipping Furniture to England

 

We’ve compiled the best tips to help you save money on your big move. Let’s take a look at the top five money-saving ideas for international shipping! 

 

1. Choose The Right Company 

 

The reason for this is that shipping companies can get good deals on shipping costs because they ship things so frequently. It’s similar to ordering in bulk.

 

Additionally, they also have better ways of shipping such as offering containers on boats that you can fill rather than trying to cram your furniture into a box. This prevents damage to your items and saves you money due to the nature of the shipping industry.  If you haven’t yet decided where to live in England, check out this list of the best places to live

 

2. Pack Everything Yourself 

 

Sometimes you can save money by packing your furniture yourself. You might use fewer materials and less labor. It’s a good idea to look up examples for how to pack furniture so you can properly protect your valuables. 

 

However, if you have very expensive furniture or family heirlooms it may save you money in potential small repairs to have the company pack it themselves. They have more expertise in the type of movement your furniture will experience and can prevent scratches or wearing from furniture rubbing against each other. If you’re interested in having a company pack for you, check out UPakWeShip Plus

 

3. Choose Container or Pallet Shipping

 

While there are companies that will help you ship several individual boxes overseas for cheaper, it’s often difficult to do with bulky items like furniture. You can save even more money by using a pallet or container. 

 

The reason these are often cheaper is that it doesn’t go by weight (as furniture is often quite heavy and traditional shipping normally calculates the cost by weight) but rather size. If it fits, it ships. All you have to do is decide how large your pallet needs to be or how many cubic feet a container needs to be. 

 

4. Choose Boat Shipping Over Air 

 

You’re probably thinking to yourself that something being shipped by boat is going to take forever. And you’re not wrong. Depending on where you are shipping from it could take several weeks. 

 

Despite this, it is often easier and far cheaper than shipping via air. Space on cargo planes is at a premium due to the fact that planes are simply much smaller than boats. If you only have a few pieces of small furniture or boxes then air shipping may get some of your essentials to you faster. 

 

Overall, however, you can expect prices to be anywhere from 5 times the cost and up. Regulations of what can be shipped are also much more strict. If you have something that might be considered hazardous to fly, such as equipment with batteries in it, you may not be able to ship via air. 

 

5. Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis on Your Furniture 

 

If you have decided to go with pallet or container shipping it is a good idea to do an estimate of how much of your furniture will fit before you get bumped to the next size. If just a few pieces are pushing you over it may be time to think about the relative value of your different pieces of furniture. 

 

For instance, there are IKEAs in the UK. You won’t have any problem replacing some of your cheaper furniture once you move. Even furniture that is easily replaceable might be a good idea to donate locally as long as you don’t have an emotional attachment to those items. 

 

Especially when it comes to larger electronic furniture like massage chairs, it can be far better to sell your items and buy new ones once you get to England. Different voltages and plugs can make setting up your old electronics somewhat messy. 

 

Sometimes it can be hard to realize that most likely England will have everything you have at home. But you should absolutely prioritize your family heirlooms and pieces that hold sentimental value for you. There’s no point in buying something new if it won’t hold the same memories. 

 

What Else Should You Know? 

 

Now that you know all about saving money while shipping furniture to England, you’re probably wondering what company to choose from point number 1. Luckily, there is a shipping company that is there to help you with all of your international shipping needs. 

UPakWeShip is a company that specializes in pallet and container shipping. They can do it all, from helping you pack to helping you share a larger container with someone else to save money. Get your international shipping rate today to start your international moving journey!

The Moving Doctor
The Moving Doctor
"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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