Whether it’s for a new job, in search of a warmer climate or simply for a change of scene, moving abroad is one of the biggest moves you can make.
Yet, the extent of success of this once in a lifetime opportunity and your new life abroad often comes down to how well you plan for it. In order for moving abroad to be a smooth affair, there are several important points to consider:
1. Do Your Homework
As obvious as it might sound, do as much online research as you can before you go. By asking questions in online forums, emailing bloggers and connecting with others who have lived there through expat community resources or Twitter, you can glean plenty information about your destination and get a feel for the area.
2. Save Up
Moving abroad costs money – and a lot of it! Consider all the cost implications of moving and living abroad including travel there, visas, rent, living costs, new possessions, transport etc taking into account exchange rates and the tax implications of your move. Ideally, save up as much money as you can before you leave, and don’t assume the costs will be the same as in the UK.
3. Don’t Rush Into Buying Abroad
Consider how long you plan to be there and take time to visit the area and a range of properties nearby. Perhaps it would be wiser to rent and it could be a costly mistake if you make the wrong decision.
4. Check Your Paperwork
And check it twice! Make sure you have all the necessary documents in place before you leave and take copies of important paperwork. Errors and omissions can be costly in terms of time and money and much harder to sort out at the other end.
5. Plan For Your Health
Make sure you are covered in the event of an accident or illness. The rules for accessing healthcare abroad will be different to the UK and so it’s imperative to sort out insurance in advance to avoid an unnecessary bill – before you are ill.
6. Familiarise Yourself With Local Laws and Customs
Failing to do this could see you getting caught out and facing costly or undesirable consequences. Equally, integrating into the local community will play an important role in helping you settle into the new area. Try not to isolate yourself and make an effort to learn the local language.
7. What About My Stuff?
Whether the move is permanent, semi-permanent or only for a short time, a final consideration is what to do with your belongings when moving abroad. With the cost of international shipping, it is nearly always cheaper to put your possessions safely into storage at home and buy new when you arrive.
As storage specialists we can help you in this area and remove the stress of moving abroad. With a huge range of affordable storage units in Camden, Wandsworth and Southwark available for as long or as short a period as you require, you can rest assured that your possessions will be stored safely and securely while you are away.
So, with the right planning and organisation, you can look forward to this new chapter of your life and new adventures of the unknown. Good luck and bon voyage!