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So You Want to Move Abroad

Whether you are looking to begin a new life abroad, start your career elsewhere or retire overseas, there can be lots of advantages to selling up and moving away but there are also lots of factors to consider before you make that decision. Whatever your reasons are, many people are choosing to move abroad with nicer weather or perhaps a new culture. It can certainly be exciting, but you will need to research your legal responsibilities which could include visas as well as how you go about selling your property in the UK and buying overseas. Laws are very different wherever you go so don’t expect it to be a straightforward process. There are different types of paperwork, different methods of putting in an offer as well as the general conveyancing process for each country. You will also need to consider schools or education if you have children, along with banking and healthcare and any state benefits you currently have or may be entitled to in your chosen country of residence.

The costs involved with moving can also prove quite high, so you will need to budget extremely careful and have a financial plan in place as well as a contingency. In some countries you will also need to prove you have the means to take care of yourself and your family financially before you are able to obtain a visa or citizenship so it is important to check with their laws first. It is a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to prepare too, as it can be a long process. If you are going to sell your property in the UK first before moving then you can use that time to thoroughly research your chosen country but it is best to avoid committing to anything before your property is sold in case of anything falling through. If you are in a rush to move, due to work commitments, you could opt to get a quick home sale in the UK or arrange for your property to be dealt with by a management company or estate agents who will organise viewings and exchange of keys, but you will need to instruct a solicitor or conveyancer to arrange paperwork and deal with the buyer.

You can get lots of advice and information from forums online that have expats from all over the world who can help with details of finding work, organising schooling or healthcare. Government websites also help with moving abroad and can help with any questions you have. Companies in the UK can also help with finding property abroad as well as anything related to finance, languages, laws and culture. It might also be a good idea to take advantage of short trips to your chosen destination, where you can experience life there and speak directly with people that can help you with the transition. For many people, when reality sets in it can be too late and a lot of people become homesick or unhappy, finding it difficult to settle in. Make sure you keep in contact with friends and family, and don’t isolate yourself wherever you are. But providing you do your research and take your time, you could be selling your home quickly and be overseas in no time, enjoying the diverse culture and having a fresh start.

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