Preparing for Your Move Abroad- From Choosing a Property to European Removals
So, you’ve made the life changing decision to move to a different country on the continent. Now that your mind is made up, there are lots of equally important things to arrange. From choosing a property to booking European removals, here is a step by step guide to making it happen.
Check Out the Area
No doubt you will already have narrowed-down potential locations and will have a good idea of where you want to live. Precede your move with as many visits as you can, as online research and reading can only get you so far. Having first-hand knowledge of towns and districts will be invaluable when it comes to your property search.
Another benefit of frequent visits is that you will know where the most desirable areas are in terms of schools, if you have kids, and jobs, should you be continuing your career. If retiring, you can also get a sense of the community and its residents in advance.
This is the time to decide, too, whether you will be happy renting furnished accommodation or if you will be moving the contents of your home with you.
Find a Property
Even in the early stages, subscribe to local estate agent’s property listings and keep browsing. You will then get a clear sense of where to find suitable properties within your price-range.
Even if it’s far too soon for buying, view properties when you visit the area and start making a comprehensive list of locations and features you like. Having a tick-list will save you huge amounts of time and ensure that later viewings are fruitful.
Learn the Lingo
Moving abroad need not be an isolating experience, and the best way to integrate into any European community is to make a real effort with the language. Learn as much as you can before you head out, and read-up on local culture and custom.
During your visits, practise your language skills and strike up conversations. Not only will this make things easier for you when you move in, but you may also gain local help with finding property, jobs and services in your chosen area.
Arrange Home Removal
After months of hard work to find the property of your dreams and get to know the community, all that’s left to do is make the move. There are loads of European removal companies that offer a range of services from the transit of a small number of goods to moving the entire contents of your house.
Contact companies and arrange for a move manager to visit your property and assess your needs. They can also advise you on what to take, how much it will cost, and the additional services offered. Having the company do your packing, for example, can be a huge help when such a large quantity of stuff is involved.
And remember…no one knows more about the whole process than other ex-pats. Visit forums for answers to absolutely any questions you have and to make contacts with other people who have relocated to your chosen destination.