A move abroad needs more preparation and organisation than a move within the UK. We have thus compiled this useful guide, which can hopefully help you throughout the moving process.
- Decide where you are moving, when and how – If you are relocating because of a job, you will not even have to make these decisions, and concerns like job, house and the destination will be solved. If this is not the case however, you will need to think carefully about where to move. Research your possible destinations, and you will definitely find it easier to decide – you will have to look into visa procedures, work permit, cost of living, and local lifestyle.
- Preparing for your move- As you are moving further away, and your belongings also have further to travel, you will need more time to prepare for your move abroad. Moving to another country also means that you will have to have some other practical considerations and take care of the paperwork as well apart from the physical move.
- Moving to the EU or outside the EU? – If you are a UK national, you have the right to live in any European Economic Area (EEA) country. If you are moving to another country, visit the British Embassy website of that country for further information.
- Health – If you are moving to a different country, you have to consider a few things to protect your healthcare needs. Most importantly, find out about your welfare rights abroad, about the healthcare system and costs in your new country.
- Taking care of your home and family – If you own a property in the UK, and plan to move abroad for a longer period, you will have to decide what to do with your property. You can for example sell it, especially if you are not planning to return, or if you keep it, you will have to decide if you want to leave it empty or rent it. Notify the utility companies, banks, or any financial institution that you are moving abroad. If you have children, notify the school, and start looking into the education system abroad. These are just some of the most important practical considerations.
- Plan the date you are moving abroad- Leave ample time to prepare for the move, and arrange the day of the removal well in advance. check out this guide
- Packing – As your items have further to travel, you might need more expert packing especially for fragile and precious items. Expensive and precious belongings may need extra care, so you have to pack them with appropriate wrapping.
- Storage – Will you need storage before the move or after you’ve arrived while house-hunting? Make sure to arrange secure storage for your belongings.
- Once you are in your new country – On arrival, you will most probably have to register with the local authorities, apply for a residence permit and you should also open a foreign bank account. If you haven’t already done so, start looking for a new job, and if you have moved with your children, their schooling will also have to be arranged.
10. Cultural awareness – Most probably, you have already gathered some information about your new country, about the local lifestyle, language and norms. Daily life may be stressful at first, so any preparation can help you to adjust more quickly. Try to learn the language of your new country as quickly as possible, take particular care not to offend local laws and norms, and try to be friendly and patient. These steps will all help you integrate quickly, and the moving process will be much smoother.