Written by Amy Baker,
Last Modified: 16th March 2017

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Moving house is stressful enough, but when you add a transatlantic move to a new continent the stress factors add up. One way to make it easier is if the cost is brought down. Here are the USA Property Guide’s four top tips to save


Emigrating to another country can be a costly business when you factor in visa costs, relocating all of your belongings and purchasing property. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can cut costs over the course of your emigration journey:

Smart Currency Exchange can help you lock in an exchange rate that you’re happy to trade at for up to a year.

1 – Enlist the services of a currency expert

The minute you decide to emigrate to the USA, we recommend signing up for a free, no-obligation account with our trusted partners, Smart Currency Exchange. Once signed up, you will have access to your own personal trader who will be able to listen to your time frames and establish how best to save you money on each of your currency transfers. One of the major mistakes we see people making when buying abroad is not having an effective currency strategy in place. As currency markets are constantly fluctuating – the price of your property in the USA could be spiking up and down by the second. One minute your property could be within budget, the next it could be too expensive. Smart Currency Exchange can help you lock in an exchange rate that you’re happy to trade at for up to a year. This effectively secures the price of your property and means you’ll know how much you will get for your pounds every time you transfer funds to the USA over the course of the move. To find out how much you could save on your currency transfers, click here today or call the Resource Team on 020 7898 0549.

2 – Don’t overdo the leaving party!

This one might be tricky. You want a proper send off. You want to visit those places in the UK that you never got to. Remember, however, that every penny you save in the UK you can spend on enjoying your new life in the USA. Work out where else you can cut costs. For a start, don’t buy anything new when you will only have to take it with you, and America is the retail capital of the world. Maybe ditch the Sky subscription and read those books you don’t want to take with you? Establish where your money goes each month and be ruthless when it comes to cutting out the activities you don’t actually need.


Containers being unloaded in Miami. Shipping can be expensive, so take the chance to declutter? conejota / Shutterstock.com.


3 – Rid your house of clutter

Over the years you’ve grown fond of all the knickknacks you’ve accumulated. But do you really need to take them thousands of miles with you? If you haven’t had a go on that pogo stick since your daughters were still living at home, perhaps now’s the time to give it away? You’re paying for everything that you ship, and shipping is expensive. There is no point transporting all of your worldly belongings to the USA just to stash them in the attic again. We always recommend seeking at least three quotes from removals companies before making a decision to ensure you secure a competitive price. To be put in touch with a removals company today, contact the Resource Team on 020 7898 0549.

There is no point transporting all of your worldly belongings to the USA.

4 – Sell it!

As Americans say: “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Take a look around your home to see what you can sell. Electronics, art, furniture, clothes and handbags could earn you a good amount if you sell online. Why stop there? Before you pile everything into bin bags and set out for the charity shop, consider trying to flog them at a car boot sale. If you earn enough for a celebratory dinner on the night you arrive, or some new beachwear – that’s a saving worth making!

To chat through your plans to emigrate to the USA or to buy property there, contact the Resource Team on 020 7898 0549 today.

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