Moving to a new city can be a stressful experience, so you can imagine what it’s like to move to a different country. The Woods Removals team are always looking for ways to help our followers prepare for their big move. That’s why we’ve put together some essential tips for relocating to Europe or Internationally. Then you can use this blog as your guide when planning your upcoming relocation overseas.
At Woods Removals, we pride ourselves on being able to take on any removals job. No matter how big or small the job is, we move hundreds of customers in and out of Dorset every year. And by any type of removals job, we also mean people are relocating to Europe or further afield. Whether that’s picking you up and transporting you to Germany or helping with the paperwork for a move to Thailand, we’re here to assist you at every stage.
Tips on Moving to a New Country –
We’ll start with the same advice we give all our customers – if you can do something now, don’t put it off. It’s time to get online and do as much research as possible. One place you should get the contact details for is the British Consulate in your new city. They will help with any issues that might arise, and they can connect you to the correct municipal departments.
One of the best pieces of advice we were told by a customer who lives abroad is to start learning the first language of the country you’re moving to as soon as possible. Although you’ll discover more by living and hearing it every day, the sooner you can ask basic questions, the easier it will be to begin.
Another solid piece of advice is to visit the area you’re moving to at least once, several times if you can afford it. It’s not a good idea to submit a bid for a property if you don’t know the city or town you’re moving to. Your visit will also be an excellent opportunity to test out your conversation skills and to visit the British Consulate in person.
Get a reliable estate agent, hopefully, one that is fluent in English and the first language of your new city. This will help you filter out unsuitable properties before you start viewing. They’ll also help you with any differences in property-related law or inspections. And last but not least – remember to cancel all utility bills and local council rates before you move. You don’t want to find out is that you’re still paying your utility bills or council tax.
Choosing the Best Removals Company –
Relocating to another city is a challenge for anyone, let alone to another country. This is a big change in your life, and it will take proper guidance to do it properly. Most removals companies offer international removals as part of their range. But few can do it to a high enough standard to give you enough confidence to let them get on with things.
You might ask why there’s such a disparity between moving companies when it comes to service delivery. Essentially, it comes down to experience and a network of partners. It’s true that for local relocations, it might be better to work with someone nearby. This may also be true if you’re moving within a relatively short distance away.
However, the moving provider might struggle when you scale up if they don’t have associates to work with. That’s because moving abroad often has complications to deal with, especially in our current reality of a pandemic and stricter border controls. It requires a level of expertise smaller movers often don’t possess and specific removal tools.
That said, using larger chain removals franchises comes with its problems as well. They tend to do the opposite of local moving companies and provide an impersonal, one-size-fits-all ethos. At Woods Removals, you can enjoy the best of both situations because we can perform at scale and give you a more personalised moving experience. We’re part of the Master Removers Group, which provides us with access to removal and storage depots all over the UK and Europe.
Self Storage when Staggering a Move –
There are a lot of things you’ll probably know about moving overseas because they’re more prominent. Hopefully, some of the points in the next section will be familiar to you already, giving you a bit of a head start. If they are, you’re on the right path to a successful international relocation. Like everything, though, some aspects don’t get enough airtime.
When we envisage a relocation, we think of it as something that happens in one motion. You pack the boxes and container, put them into a van, and then it’s off to the new home. However, because of the complex nature of moving internationally, things might be slightly different. And many people leave possessions in the UK for several reasons.
Unfortunately, not all relocations abroad work out, and people return within a year or two of the initial departure. Other times, the move was temporary for work purposes, and the contract period ends. Regardless of why, you’ll need to factor storage into your plans, even if it’s just for costing purposes. So, discuss this with us, and we’ll provide you with a free quote and a suggestion of the most suitable package.
There are storage options to suit all periods of stay – both for short and long-term needs. We’ll arrange to collect your items for self storage with our Man & Van service. For long-term storage, our team will bring an empty container to you on a special lorry where we’ll pack the unit and seal it onsite. When choosing storage, it usually depends on access needs, and we’ll assess and provide you with a professional evaluation.
Visas, Buying Property & Other Information –
It goes without saying that you’ll need to do research well in advance of the big moving day. The task of getting a visa is an ordeal, where you’ll have a wedge of documentation to find and submit. And it extends to everyone in your family, not just on your information. You might also find restrictions on what work your spouse/partner or older children can undertake, so be mindful of this.
Our advice is to speak to an emigration specialist about this. It does involve an extra cost, but it’s worth it to avoid any obstacles. You don’t want to have issues when entering the country and finding you don’t have the correct visa. Also, look into the regulations for property ownership now. Even more developed countries in Europe have problematic rules for this and a seemingly unending amount of red tape.
Ideally, start speaking to an estate agent now who has ex-pat clients and knows how it works. They’ll be able to assist and might have facilities to perform virtual viewings to save you travelling over for this. Similarly, start costing this out fully and know your budget back-to-front. If the move links with employment – seek assistance from your new employers and delegate duties to them wherever possible.
Learning the Language and Integrating –
Integration is the key to how successful the relocation will be concerning your quality of life. If you can establish a connection with the local area and people, you’ll want to stay because it will feel like home. That means learning all about their culture and history before you arrive. Also, learn their language to the level of holding a conversation.
You’ll absorb more when thereby being in that environment and hearing their language daily. But it’s crucial you have a basic understanding and can begin conversing straight away. Even if you’re struggling, people will respect the effort and do their best to help you. It’s a good idea if you find a pocket phrasebook to carry with you.
Our suggestion is to try putting in thirty minutes or an hour each day to practice. There are loads of apps available for your phone or tablet. You can read the best ones on this list to see which is compatible with your mobile or device. If you need something more hands-on – look for night classes in your area and book up.
Why It’s Important to Use a Reliable Company –
One of the most important things to remember when organising your move is to use reliable companies at every stage. It can sometimes be tempting to try and save money by using price comparison websites. However, with things like international removals, you could fall into the trap of poor service. Finding a moving company that focuses on a high quality of service is always better than those that offer extremely low prices.
The best way to find reliable companies for removals is to check their online reviews and if they have accreditation. By checking Google and Trustpilot, you’ll see what any prospective moving company rates out of five. Similarly, you’ll see written testimonials from previous customers to gauge what sort of service you’re likely to receive.
At Woods Removals, we have BAR accreditation, and we post our reviews on our website. If you’re struggling to find a company’s reviews or testimonials, that’s not a good sign. It’s also vital that you use companies that you can contact throughout the moving process. That means being able to discuss your relocation when you’re still planning, all the way to the big day. A reliable removals company will be friendly and approachable at any time.
Woods Removals – Dorset’s Favourite Company for European and International Relocations –
At Woods Removals, we move hundreds of people in Dorset and the surrounding areas every year. We do every type of removals, and we relocate people to Europe and further afield regularly. The Woods Removals team’s number one aim is to provide the best customer service possible at affordable rates. We rely on word-of-mouth referrals, and people often use us after a family member or friend recommend us.
We’ll take you through our services from your first call or email. We’ll then match the most suitable package with your requirements. The Woods Removals team are happy to discuss your relocation abroad at any stage, even if you’re planning or getting quotes. Providing the best level of customer service is our number one goal, and we go above and beyond for our customers.
Your big move abroad is a brand-new adventure, and we are available to discuss your relocation at any time. Please click here to contact us to discuss our range of services and receive a free quote.