Moving anywhere is a big upheaval, but when it comes to moving abroad it can be a completely overwhelming procedure with regards to what you need to know and what you might need to plan for.
Moving to the UK is no different, and it can take time and careful planning to ensure you are fully prepared and set up for your arrival. Moving countries is daunting, but with this helpful checklist you should have the big things covered.
- Check for Visa’s: If you are travelling from an EU membership state you have the right to reside and stay within the UK, but if you are moving from further afield, depending on where that is, you might need a visa to reside in the UK. Check the UK Governments website for more information about whether or not you will need a visa. It might seem obvious, but while you are sorting your visa’s ensure your families passports are all valid and in date.
- Keep an eye on costs: Property in the UK is usually considered slightly more costly than other countries, and with property prices booming this is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. That being said if you have a good budget along with a deposit for a property you stand in good stead for finding a property to suit your needs.
- Budget: You will need to set a budget and ensure you consider all of the costs associated with buying. If you need a mortgage you will need to make enquiries with UK lenders. There may be more stringent checks and the process might take a little longer than for nationals.
- Invest in a good lawyer: If you are intending to buy a property in the United Kingdom, a lawyer well versed in the law and language of that country is an absolute must. On average, depending on the length of the chain, purchasing a house in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can take around 3 months, so if you want to move straight into a property you will need to start the process early. In Scotland the rules are slightly different and the sale of a property usually takes around 6 weeks.
- Consider renting: Renting is a great way to start and will help you get a feel for an area and whether you want to buy a property there. There are many options for renting in the private sector, ranging from small studio apartments, through to larger flats and houses. Rent in the private sector can be pricey but you will almost certainly be able to gauge the local area for a short amount of time before settling into buying a property.
- Have a back-up plan: Moving time frames are never set in stone whereas your other plans will have to be. You will have to book your plane/ferry tickets in advance as well as your movers, so it is a good idea to have a back-up plan for when you arrive in the UK, whether it’s a short term rental home, staying with friends or relatives or booking into a hotel.