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Top Tips To Help Your Prepare For Your Move Overseas

Overseas removals

Moving abroad can be a hugely exciting time. Once you have made the decision to relocate to a different country and secured a fantastic property out there, your thoughts will no doubt turn to your moving day.

Moving can be stressful enough when you are moving locally. The idea of packing up all your precious belongings and furniture and transporting them thousands of miles can be daunting. However, keeping organised, staying calm, and enlisting the help of a professional, reputable, friendly overseas removals company can help!

Here are some great tips that you can use to make a moving abroad checklist which will ensure that you have everything in place to make your move overseas as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Learn about the culture

Every country has its own culture and traditions, so before you move abroad, it is advisable to learn a little about where you are moving. This will help you settle into your new way of life as quickly as possible.

Learn a few key phrases in the local language, explore the food and discover the history of the place – this will only get you more excited about moving day and all the things you have to look forward to!

UK tax

Make sure you tell HMRC that you are planning to move abroad. If you don’t, you may face unnecessary charges which is the last thing you need when trying to settle into a new home. Filling out a P85 form notifies the tax authorities that you are leaving and will make sure you are taxed correctly after you have left the country. There are, of course, other taxes you need to be aware of, for example if you are receiving interest from savings or keeping a property in the UK you will still need to pay UK tax on these.

More information about tax when moving abroad can be found on the government website


Bringing beloved pets across to your new home abroad isn’t as simple as just transporting them there. You need to ensure that your pets have all the right vaccinations before moving and that they have a pet passport to let them into the country too. Plan well in advance how you intend to transport your pets to your new home so that they have the safest and most comfortable journey possible.

Medical insurance and health care

Understanding what you need to do with regards to medical insurance and care when moving abroad is imperative, and something you should organise before you arrive in your new home overseas.

If you are moving within Europe, it is a good idea to get a European Health Insurance Card to cover you for the short term until you register for that countries health services. If you are moving further afield, you should find out how to register with the local social insurance system or take out private healthcare and insurance cover.


Familiarise yourself with the driving laws of the area you are moving to, especially which side of the road to drive on! Check you have all the correct documents to enable you to drive in that country too.

Bank accounts

Opening a bank account in your new country of residence is probably a good idea, otherwise, you could face unnecessary charges and be subject to currency conversion rates that could add up to a lot.

A local bank account will be easy to manage and will help with your everyday banking and financial transactions in your new area. Alternatively, there are international and ex-pat bank accounts specifically available to help foreigners manage their money overseas.

Don’t forget…

To inform your utilities companies you are leaving, and make sure you have set up mail redirection with the post office – you can ask them to redirect your post for up to 12 months. Let your local authority know you are leaving too so you can make sure you are up to date with your council tax payments before you leave.

As you can see, there is a lot to put on your moving abroad checklist before you get out there and start enjoying your new home!

Finding a reputable and professional international removals company to help take the stress out of your move is so important.

At Lix Removals, our dedicated international removals team can create tailored moving solutions for customers who are relocating overseas. We can help you plan your move, and get organised well in advance of moving day.

With our expert services, and experienced friendly team, we can take the stress out of moving abroad, so all that’s left for you to do is get excited for the start of your new adventure.!

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