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Guide to Moving to Europe

As well as all the usual chores involved in moving home such as notifying your utility suppliers, re-directing your post and cancelling your milk order, you will also have to worry about moving your belongings over a huge distance, getting acquainted with a completely new culture and even learning a new language!
To help you through the moving process, we’ve put together a helpful checklist of things to think about and organize when you are moving to Europe.

As early as possible:

  • If you haven’t done so already, start researching your new destination thoroughly.
  • Make sure all passports are up-to-date.
  • Start sorting through all your belongings and decide what you want to take with you, what you’re going to store and what you’re going to dispose of.
  • Meet with your European move co-ordinator and arrange a date for your move. If you have children then you might prefer to move in the school summer holidays.
  • If you don’t already speak it, start learning the local language.

6 weeks before moving

  • Check and confirm all your travel arrangements such as flights, trains or ferry reservations.
  • If you’ve got a long journey ahead organise any temporary accommodation or hotels on your route.
  • Don’t forget to advise doctors and dentists of your move and obtain your medical records. If you are moving to Europe, apply for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC) (you can pick up an application form from the Post Office) and check to see if you are covered for emergency health care in the country you are moving to
  • Notify your local council and check if you are due a Council Tax rebate.

4 weeks before moving

  • Go over your move with your European move manager
  • If you are travelling in your own car, make sure your driving license and insurance covers you in your new country and make sure your MOT is up-to-date.
  • Arrange insurance cover for the move
  • Make a list of what you intend to take with you
  • Cancel any club memberships or subscriptions
  • Arrange to have your mail redirected
  • Make sure all your finances and credit card payments are in order

3 weeks before moving

  • Clear out your loft, attic, shed or garage and dispose of or recycle anything you aren’t taking with you.
  • Speak to your move manager to arrange storage at home or at your destination.

On Moving day

  • Before the removal vehicle leaves, double check all your rooms, cupboards, loft, shed, garage etc to make sure that that everything you want to move is packed away.
  • If no-one is moving into your old home, turn off the power and drain or turn off the water supply, lock up and and hand over the keys to your estate agents.
  • Relax and enjoy your move while we look after the rest!

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