to book GoldFish Moving as soon as you exchange contracts and the
completion date is set. Get at least three estimates from different
firms and don't automatically accept the cheapest; you tend to get what
you pay for. When comparing estimates, make sure you are comparing like
with like. Are packing materials, boxes, cartons and crates and VAT all
A few weeks before the move, the removal firm should send someone to
establish what the move will entail. Now is the time to point out
anything that needs special care and attention, such as antiques,
computers, pictures, etc.
If you're going abroad with your pet cat, dog
or ferret, the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) could help avoid long quarantine
periods when you return. Working guide dogs and hearing dogs may also
travel on the scheme.
The PETS scheme
Pet travel rules, find out what you need to do if you are travelling with a pet on or after 1 January 2012
The scheme is designed to stop the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.The UK has been free of rabies for many years, but mammals are still at risk in some other countries.
If you move abroad, you
can vote in general elections and European Union elections for up to 15
years, but you need to be registered. However, you can't vote in UK
local government elections. You can also vote by post or proxy if you’ll
be temporarily abroad on election day.
Registering as an overseas voterRegistering to voteFollow the link below to find out how to register to vote
If you are a British citizen living abroad who has registered to
vote within the past 15 years, you can apply to be an overseas voter.
Understanding a country's
laws and customs can help you adjust to a new home abroad. Daily life
may be unsettling at first, so any preparation you do could help you
adjust more quickly. Appreciating cultural and legal differences could
also help you avoid potentially embarrassing or difficult situations.
Learn about a country's people and culture before visiting
Before visiting a country, you can learn about its people and be aware of things like its customs, religion and language.
You’ll need to tell the
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) when you are taking your
vehicle out of the country on a permanent basis. If you are taking your
vehicle or a hired vehicle on a temporary basis, you must take the
appropriate documentation with you.
Taking your vehicle abroad for more than 12 months (permanent export)
When a vehicle registered in the United
Kingdom (UK) is taken out of the country for 12 months or more, it’s
regarded as being permanently exported from the UK.
Moving abroad is a big
step. Apart from considerations concerning family and friends, there are
issues around pensions, tax and healthcare costs that you will need to
be aware of. Here's a checklist to make sure you've got the essentials
Moving to the EU?
As a UK national, you have the right to live in any European
Economic Area (EEA) country. If you intend to move to any other country,
you should first visit the British Embassy website of that country for