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First things to consider when planning a move abroad

Amy Baker

So you have made the bold decision that your days in your current country are numbered, and the time is nigh to move abroad! Good for you. Now comes the hard bit, sorting it all out. 

Obviously this can be a daunting task, especially if you have never moved abroad before and can’t really fathom all of the elements involved in it logistically. Here’s where we come in! As you know, we help people with every aspect of their moves, or property purchases, abroad – therefore, pick our brains! Just pick up the phone and call us on 0207 898 0549 – we’re a friendly bunch!

Although the to-do list will be long – there are some things that it pays to think of as early as possible, before you’ve even started the process of perusing those property sites for your dream home...


Visas

First things first, can you legally move to the country? Different rules apply to different nationalities so to save yourself any heartbreak, make sure that this is the first thing that you check. After all, if it isn’t possible, you will need to set your sights on elsewhere. In addition, visa applications can take a while so it is best to make the application as early as possible and then once it is secured, you can really get the wheels in motion with the other aspects of your move.

Currency

At some stage you are going to need to transfer money to your new country to buy a property or to help you to get by whilst you get settled in. We always advise enlisting the services of a currency specialist rather than just using your high street bank – this is because banks cant secure the best rates and often charge rather hefty fees on top – this can all add up and when you are trying to budget for your move, the savings that you can make by using a currency expert could really mount up. Surely you’d rather keep the money that you would be forced to pay out in fees and put it into something more fun – like a car, a swimming pool or for dining out when you are adjusting to all of the new cuisine. 

It may seem ludicrous to contact a currency expert so early on in your journey but it’s free to sign up and when you do you gain access to expert knowledge from the traders who can advise on what the currency markets are likely to do and how you should act to save the most money. The information that they can provide you with is invaluable. If you are keen to get this aspect of your move sorted ASAP, you can sign up free of charge with Smart Currency Exchange, our recommended currency partner today or call the team on 0808 163 0102.

Schooling

As you want the best for your children, we always recommend that people investigate the education options when they make the move abroad. You need to ensure that there are spaces at the schools that you want them to attend and that the education will be up to the standard that you require. You’re moving to improve your future and that of your family so this is a vitally important first step.


Healthcare

If you receive regular treatment you need to make sure that you will be able to receive the same treatment in your new country. Health is the most important things, so you should always work out what you will be entitled to and if it will be sufficient.

The Ireland Buying Guide are happy to advise on all of these matters – give the team a call today on 0207 8980 549 or drop them an email at Ireland@overseasguidescompany.com.


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