Tips on moving abroad
With Multi National businesses growing larger, travel becoming easier and countries becoming more multi cultural than ever, the opportunities to move almost anywhere in the world are becoming more of a reality than the dream they once were.
There are specific problems to moving abroad which if you read this guide you will hopefully avoid having. If you are moving abroad to retire, you should also read our article on moving abroad to retire.
The first thing to take into account is that you may well be moving to a part of the world where you don’t speak the language, don’t know your way about, or are not necessarily aware of their culture and customs. These can all make sorting out any problems you may have all the more difficult. For this reason our advice is to be as prepared as you possibly can be.
House hunting abroad
By using the internet, it’s now a lot easier to find somewhere to live abroad than it used to be. But don’t only use the internet when carrying out your research. Images on websites can be deceiving, as can property descriptions. We recommend that you always take references before deciding on which house to rent. Ideally, you should try to talk to some other ex-pats living in the vicinity and get their opinion of the area and the facilities it offers.
If you are moving with a company, you may well have all this done for you, but everyone is different and won’t always be looking for the same things in a area, especially where children are involved. Even if someone else is doing the leg work for you, check things out yourself before agreeing to anything.
If you are looking to buy a property to live in when moving abroad, we would advise you to rent first and give yourself a chance to get to know the area before taking the big step of buying somewhere.
If you are moving overseas, it’s likely that you will be requiring either airfreight, shipping or road haulage services. Read our Guide to international moves by sea, land or air. Whichever service you use, you will need packing cases or storage boxes for your belongings. We recommend that you go for something sturdy enough to withstand the treatment it may receive on bumpy roads, high seas or rough flights. Cheaper packing cases or storage boxes may not deliver your belongings in the condition they left you in. You would also be advised to fully label each case or box with the contents to make it easier to unpack when you arrive at your destination. If some of your belongings are going into storage for a while, double check that you haven’t packed anything in a storage box that you are likely to need. Your storage facility might not be that close to where you are going to live.
Insurance for moving abroad
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t move anywhere without adequate insurance. To assist in any claims you may have for damage or loss, we advise that you use one policy to cover the packing of your belongings at one end, the transit of your belongings and the unpacking of them at the other end. That way if your goods are damaged when they arrive, there will no doubt as to who to claim from.
Upon arrival at your new home, we’d recommend that you look to source your buildings and contents insurance from a local company. They will know more about what type of policy would best suit you as insurance policies differ from country to country.
Documentation for moving abroad
No doubt you’ll be needing an up-to-date passport when moving abroad, but don’t forget to check to see if you require any other documentation. Do you need a visa or a work permit? Is it necessary to have any immunisations? The best way to research what you may need is to contact the county’s enmbassy in the UK or our own foreign office who will have all the information you need. You can the British Embassies across the world here.
The process of moving home to live abroad or just around the corner has many similarities. You therefore might be interested in reading our guide to moving home.
Remember, the more you plan and research your move, the smoother it will go.