Moving to another country is something that many people do – it might be that you have always wanted to live in a particular country, you may have decided to pursue a relationship with someone who lives elsewhere, or you might have a great career opportunity abroad.

Whatever the reason, if you are planning a move away from the UK, then there are lots of things to think about and sort out before you move.

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First of all, you need to consider what you are going to do with your home in the UK. If you own a home, then you might want to sell it to fund your new life in another country, or if you want the security of being able to come back or are only going for a year or two then you might want to rent your home out. This will generate an income for you as well as ensuring that your home is not standing vacant for a long period of time.

You also need to decide how much you are going to be taking with you and how you will transport it there. If you are going for a long time or plan for the move to be a permanent one you might want to take a lot of your furniture with you so you will need to find a company who can transport it internationally. When you are moving overseas, the cheapest option is usually to send it all by boat in a shipping container. Items are loaded onto a ship and the container will be closed with a security seal like this to ensure it is safe.

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You also should think about the arrangements that you have in place when you move to another country – do you need to find accommodation there? What about a job? If you are moving for work, your employer may be able to help you with a lot of the arrangements.

You also need to make sure that you have all the required documents with you for the country that you are going to live in, so be aware of what is required and make sure you have it all before you go.