Tips for a Successful Move to the United Kingdom
Are you about to pack up and move to the United Kingdom to start a new job? If so, don't be fooled by the lack of a language barrier - the U.K. and the U.S. are two drastically different countries, and you'll still need to plan ahead to make the transition as smooth as possible.
A smart first step is to get the right international insurance ahead of time. Policies can provide financial protection for your belongings during the move as well as your vehicle upon your arrival and your health, among many other expatriate needs. In addition to coverage, here are a few more useful things you'll want to consider before you move to the United Kingdom.:
Find a place to live
If you already have a job lined up, the next step is to find a place to live. According to the blog InterNations, a real estate agent may not always be your best bet, as fees quickly add up. Instead you could opt to search local classifieds on your own for a flat or a small house. The Internet is your friend at this stage.
Get used to driving
You are likely aware that you are supposed to drive on the opposite side of the road in the U.K. but you might still not be ready for that change. InterNations explained that you should keep this in mind if you want to bring your current car abroad, as the steering wheel will be on the wrong side. You can always use public transportation, which is fairly expansive but can be costly. Learn more about the differences in driving between the U.S. and the UK and motor insurance.
Consider buying new furniture
It is understandable that you might want a little taste of home while living abroad, but it doesn't always make sense financially. For example, if you take all of your furniture in your move to the United Kingdom. - especially if you're coming from the U.S. - it can actually be more expensive than buying new furniture when you’re there, according to the expat blog Expats Plaza. Do your research ahead of time to avoid wasting money.
Plan for education expenses
Do you have kids? If so, their education needs to be a priority. Standards in the U.K. can vary, according to ExpatArrivals. You can send them to public, government-funded institutions, but their education could be of a lower quality compared to a private school. It’s important that you determine what you want to do and plan accordingly.
If you’re planning on moving abroad, be prepared with our international moving checklist. Before traveling to the UK, it is important to look into safety and security and other potential dangers. If you are interested in learning more about UK, make sure to visit United Kingdom risk assessment guide.
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