If you’ve been asked to relocate for work purposes, there can be a lot to take in and plan for. Not only are there numerous things to be done before leaving the UK but you might also be thinking about the first few months in your new country. Here are some handy tips for dealing with a relocation abroad:
- Understand the visa requirements for the new country you’ll be residing in.
- Depending on how much your employer is sorting out for you, you might need to decide whether you’ll be renting or buying a property. Many businesses choose a professional company to deal with all aspects of this often-confusing process, who are experts in Employee Relocation services. For more information, visit Employee Relocation Services from DT Moving
- Spend some time researching the local area you’ll be moving to help you settle in. Find out about local community activities and events so you can get to know some of the people in your new area.
- Find out what the tax requirements are for the UK while you’re spending time living abroad.
- It’s also vital that you understand and meet the tax requirements for your new country of residence too.
- What will you do about your present property in the UK? A rented home is easier to deal with. Will you be keeping your property, or might you need help with selling it?
- If you have any family pets, you will need to arrange care for them in your absence or enquire about the process of relocating them with you.
- You’ll need to make a comprehensive list of all belongings you intend to place into storage and those which will be coming with you.
- Check any existing insurance policies, such as home, car, life and travel to ensure you continue to comply with their terms and conditions.
- Find out if you will be able to drive in your new country of residence. Will there be any additional tests or licenses you’ll need to apply for?
- Make a list of any utility bills you currently have and make arrangements for them to be finalised and turned off for the duration of your relocation.
- You’ll want to arrange a mobile phone, a landline telephone and internet connection for your new home preferably in time for your arrival.
- Get to grips with any financial planning options you have and think about what to do with any bank or building society accounts you have while you’re away.