Published on April 29th, 2021
Moving is always a big decision, but moving to another country is life-changing in an entirely different way. From visas and vaccinations to paperwork and packing, there’s a lot to get in order.
Don’t worry, though. Here, we’ll take you through the basics on how to move to another country and store your extra items or rent a long-term parking space for your car if you plan to move back to the UK eventually. We’ll even show you how to make some extra money along the way.
How to Move House When You’re Relocating Internationally
1. Sort Out Your Paperwork
Moving into a new place domestically can be hard enough, as you need to sort out bills, redirecting post and so on. When moving abroad, there’s even more to keep in mind.
Key Documents Include:
- Your passport, which should have at least six months until its expiry date
- Any visas or work permits, to prove you’re allowed to enter and stay in your chosen country
- Birth certificates, driving licences, insurance documents, etc.
You should also check if you need any special documents to live and work in Europe.
In addition to all of that, you’ll need to inform the HMRC that you’ll be working abroad. You can choose to pay voluntary National Insurance contributions while you’re out of the country, so you should keep track of your National Insurance number, too.
Top tip: Once you’ve got all your documents in order, find a secure place to store them, keep them organized and make copies. The last thing you need is a frantic last-minute search for your ID.
2. Pack Carefully
Articles like this always tell you to ‘pack only what you need’. But, while that’s decent advice, it doesn’t help you figure out what exactly you need.
This is especially important when moving abroad, as excess baggage fees and shipping costs make it expensive to bring too much.
Make Sure To Keep The Following In Mind Before You Start Packing:
Make A List Of Must-Haves. For added effectiveness, leave the list for a few days and come back to it. You’re bound to come up with a few more things you to add – and if you’re lucky, some things to remove, too.
Prioritise Smaller Items. You obviously don’t want to lug a bed or a sofa over to another country, but you can save space in other ways too.
If you’re a big reader, for instance, investing in a Kindle or audiobook can be a great way to avoid weighing your suitcase down with books.
Research Your Tech Needs. We’re all pretty reliant on our devices nowadays, but you can still streamline your packing by choosing wisely.
Consider whether you really need to bring a phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, games console and monitor, for instance, and cut out items that double up or that you rarely use.
In addition, make sure to research what travel plug adaptors you’ll need – there’s no reason to bring a whole set when you only need one.
If you’re planning on returning any time soon, you should look into storing your stuff with companies like Stashbee. Whether you want a secure long-term parking space for your car or an affordable spot to stash your goods, they’ll help you find the right space for you.
3. Make Money From Your Move
Similarly, you can use businesses like Stashbee to make some money from your move, too. If you own your property in the UK, you’d probably like to avoid selling it – even if you plan to stay abroad for a long time, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Renting your property out as storage or parking space allows you to make a bit of money off it while you’re away, without having to worry about managing tenants directly.
4. Get Your Jabs
On top of all these other issues, it’s always important to keep an eye on your health. Depending on which country you’re moving to, you might need a different set of vaccinations, so make sure to do your research.
Common Ones Include:
- Yellow fever
While countries in North America, Western Europe and Australia tend to be safe, it’s absolutely crucial to be sure. Consult with your doctor once you’ve decided where and when you’re moving, and give yourself plenty of time to get all your vaccinations in.
We should also note the importance of keeping up with all relevant COVID restrictions.
Top tip: Many of the vaccinations listed above are available for free on the NHS.
5. Be Prepared
This final tip is perhaps the most important one: be prepared.
That means sorting all this stuff out well before you go. You might even want to produce detailed calendars and to-do lists, so that you can schedule what you need to take care of and when.
Talk to your friends and family, and check out resources for immigrants to the country you’re moving to.
Moving might be a stressful process, but going abroad can also be one of the biggest adventures of your life. Hopefully these top tips will help you make it as enjoyable as possible.