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How to Save for a Move to Hawaii


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Moving to Hawaii is an awesome opportunity for you to explore new places and experience new things. Nevertheless, moving to an entirely different country (or island in this case) can present several challenges.

If you’re struggling to get your finances in check for your move to Hawaii, don’t worry. Here are five easy tips to save for a move to Hawaii.

Tip #1: Consider Decluttering Your Home

If you’re still holding on to that box of paperclips you’ve had since high school, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to say goodbye to them. It’s common for people to hoard items because they believe they’ll be useful down the road. Unfortunately, that’s rarely ever the case with most people.

Instead of lugging around decades worth of hoarded items, consider selling some of these items before your move. You can make a ton of money by selling some of the possessions that you no longer use. These could be an extra set of kitchen utensils, an extra cabinet that you’ve long forgotten in the shed, or even clothes that you’ve already grown out of or won’t be able to use on a tropical island like Hawaii, maybe even on Hawaii’s Northshore.. 

If you don’t like the idea of selling your things, there are other ways you can lessen the load to bring along during your move. You may consider donating your things to charity or giving them to close friends and family. 

Tip #2: Shop Around for the Right Shipping Partner

You obviously won’t be able to carry all your possessions by hand. Some of them (e.g., precious furniture, your car, some appliances) will have to be shipped to your new location via a shipping company. 

Deciding which shipping company to work with can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. You want the best providers to take care of shipping your car to Hawaii, so you can relax and feel at ease during your trip. 

Luckily, there are certain features that you can watch out for that indicate if a company is the right one for you. Consider the following when looking for an auto shipping company:


You want to work with a company that’s considered an expert in their industry. Check their website to see what customers have to say about their services. Furthermore, find out how long they’ve been in business, what type of cargo they usually ship, and what countries they’ve delivered items to. 


You need to look for a company that has a reputation for high-quality services. One of the best ways to determine this is by checking customer forums to see what previous and current clients are saying about your prospective company. Keep in mind that customers tend to exaggerate some of their experiences, so take what you read with a small pinch of salt. 

Good Pricing

This is not to say that you should go with the cheapest offer. But if the price is way over your budget, it’s best to abandon it instead of going over what you originally plan to spend. Moving to a different country will present you with many challenges. The last thing you want to be is financially ill-prepared for emergencies. 

If the price isn’t right with a provider, start your research again and look for a company that’s willing to meet you halfway. 

Tip #3: Use the Right Packaging Materials

There are right and wrong ways to pack your things. If you don’t want to lose any of your possessions during your journey overseas, using the right packaging materials can help. 

Losing important items such as gadgets, furniture, and appliances during a move can cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars in replacements. To avoid this financial pitfall, you may want to invest in the following packing items: 

  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent marker (for marking)
  • Packing peanuts
  • Cling wrap

Wrap breakables and other valuables with bubble wrap before storing them in a box. This will prevent them from getting jostled around during the move. If you need more help with packing items, there are dozens of articles and video tutorials online that you can use as references. 

You may also consider hiring a professional moving company to take care of all the packing for you. 

Tip 4: Move During the Off-seasons

The cheapest time to move is normally during late fall, winter, or early spring. Winter is the cheapest, as the demand for professional moving services is at its lowest. On the other hand, the most expensive time to move is any time between May and September. This is when most people are moving from one place to another, taking advantage of the great weather and climate. 

While it’s impossible to predict how much moving companies and travel companies will charge you on any given day, remember this single tip can help lower your expenses significantly. 

Tip #5: Avoid Overbuying for Your New Home

The excitement of buying new items and accessories for your new home can be overwhelming. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging your desire for nice furniture and pretty decorations, it’s wise to limit yourself to only a few items, lest you end up burning a massive hole in your finances. 

Make a list of essential things you need to add to your home, e.g., some new appliances, clothes, beddings, etc. You can leave out other things like gadgets and accessories for later when you have a more stable budget for everything. 

The Bottom Line

Moving to Hawaii can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t let yourself get carried away by your elation and leave the important things—like budgeting—to the winds. For a better experience, create a relocation plan that will help your move go more smoothly. 

Declutter your house and sell the items you’re less likely to use in your new home. Get the right shipping services to help you safely move precious possessions overseas. Hire the right people to help you with packing and unloading your things so you reduce your risk of property damage. 

Enjoy the journey to your new home!

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