Why Shipping Goods (HHG) Might Not Be the Most Economic and Environmental Way to Furnish a Property for Relocation


If you’re relocating to the United Kingdom, it can be an exciting journey. However, an international move can be more challenging than a domestic one, and there are things to consider before your relocation.

One of the primary hurdles you might consider is moving your household goods (HHG) from the United States to the UK. Shipping is likely the first thing that comes to mind. However, while shipping can be a convenient option, it may not always be the most economical or environmental choice.

With this in mind, what are the alternative, inexpensive, and eco-friendly options when relocating for moving HHGs?

Read on to learn more about HHG shipping costs, the environmental impact of shipping, and how rental furniture is a wise choice to furnish a property after an international move.


The Costs of Shipping Furniture & Household Goods to the UK

Shipping your household goods to the UK has a hefty price tag. The average cost of moving HHGs from the US to the UK is $4,000 to $10,000 US dollars or USD (£3,159 to £7,896 sterling or GBP). The cost of shipping HHGs depends on several factors:

  • How far the packages are travelling.
  • The size and dimensions of the packages.
  • The weight of the packages.

There can also be cost differences when choosing the method of shipment (ocean or air). Insurance is also a consideration.

Not only is shipping costly, but delays are quite common.

Trying to move into a home, particularly overseas, with no furniture or household items can be very challenging. Sometimes, HHG shipping can take weeks to arrive, and you arrive well before your items do. Unfortunately, when this happens, there’s not much you can do but wait for them to arrive.

This is where furniture rental can help bridge the gap so that occupants can move in without the stress of having no furniture. Rental furniture contracts are also very flexible as items can be returned or reconfigured, or you can always add more pieces, if needed.

Shipping HHGs also comes with an environmental cost. Whether by sea or air, shipping harms the environment. A boat is the most energy-efficient way to ship HHGs or large cargo. However, ships are still responsible for contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and nitrous oxide pollution. Shipping items also is a factor in air, water, and oil pollution. Shipping fewer items, or opting for furniture rental, contributes to protecting the environment.

Using Furniture Rental Instead of Shipping for HHGs

As previously mentioned, the cons of shipping HHGs are many. The option to rent furniture and other household items at your destination can be a convenient and affordable way to furnish your new home without transporting your items.

Another thing to consider when shipping your items is that they may not fit a traditionally sized UK home or flat. Sizes are different, and you may find your furniture doesn’t fit. Renting once you arrive ensures you can furnish your new space without worry.

Renting furniture can also be a cost-effective option. Instead of paying for the full cost of purchasing new furniture, renting allows people access to high-quality furniture without sacrificing style or breaking the bank. This makes it an attractive option for those who are looking to furnish their homes for a short or long-term temporary need.

Also, you’ll be move-in ready. If a shipment has been delayed, furniture rental can bridge the gap until it arrives. An assignee can settle into their home with minimal disruption and added flexibility.

Why Renting Furniture is the Best Solution

Shipping HHGs can be costly, delayed, and can negatively impact the environment. However, renting furniture and household goods is a terrific option compared to shipping. Roomservice by CORT offers rental furniture from one month onward, so there is always flexibility if you want your items later.

Renting furniture can be a great solution to avoid shipping delays and provide flexibility and cost savings. Next time you're moving assignees, consider Roomservice by CORT as a convenient and practical option to meet all of your corporate furniture rental and HHG rental needs.