Many people are persuaded to move away from their homes in the UK, to countries with a nicer climate and more relaxed way of living. There are many different aspects that need to be considered in order to make the move as smooth as possible, especially if relocating with a family and pets. International moves can be a daunting and difficult process, but there are many things that can be done in advance to help the process be as stress-free as possible.
One of the most important things to remember is that the more you take with you, the more time it takes to pack, unpack and eventually sort out. Make a full list of the possessions you know you want and can’t do without. Looking at the floor plan of the new home will help and thinking about the value (price-wise and sentiment-wise) of the items will also aid your decisions.
Having easy access to important documentation means that whatever you require upon departure from your old home won’t be a nightmare to find when you are in need of it. Making sure yours and your families documents are up to date and accessible is important for travel, and keeping marriage certificates, birth certificates, forms, licences, records etc in a safe place separate from other goods will mean you know exactly where they are and can find them without trouble. Digitally backing up all documents (scanning and storing) can also be very helpful in the long-run.
You will need to notify all Government agencies of the changing of your address, as well as any clients, friends and others who may needs to contact you in the future. This a simple but very important part of moving, as it can result in confusion and the loss of contact with many significant people, who you may need the help of and vice versa, in the later life.
If you are looking to move your pet abroad, it would be best to speak to a specialist pet relocation company to arrange the safe transportation of your beloved furry friend. Some companies require details far in advance, in order to put things into place prior to the move. You will need to arrange and ensure you have all the correct documentation, and check with your vet that your pet is eligible and able to travel long distances.
It is best to do as much research as you can about the country you are moving to, to give you as much knowledge of the culture, the local area, the amenities, routes/transport etc. There are a wide variety of guide books and language classes available for those who want to embrace the new location. It is important to know the locations of banks, hospitals, schools etc, especially when in a country where the language isn’t your strong point.
Your new country may require incomers to have certain vaccinations and health clearances. You will need to check what is needed and arrange having these sorted. After the vaccination, keep records to prove you have complied with the regulations. If you have health insurance at home, it is unlikely to cover you when living abroad. You will need to look into local insurance, as different countries have different rules and laws concerning health care. These also depend on whether you are a national, resident or visitor.
If moving with children, you will need to find them a school in the local area. Do you want them to go to an English school, if there is one, or a local school in an attempt to integrate them into the new culture? Much will depend on the age and needs of the children, and what they would feel comfortable doing. It is advised to arrange and contact schools prior to moving, so everything is in place, meaning one less thing to think about when trying to settle in.
Although it may seem like there is a lot to do, the sooner you can start the better. Taking the time to find out what you need, and preparing well, minimises any stress and will help things run a lot more smoothly. Very soon, you will be enjoying your new life in a new location.
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