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Know before you go - moving overseas
Know your rights and responsibilities when you're moving to a new country. Living abroad is an exciting and interesting experience, but the decision to make the leap shouldn't be taken lightly.
Familiarise yourself with your new destination before moving
Understand the different laws, regulations, and customs abroad. What applied at home may be completely different in your new home.
Don't forget to budget correctly to take into account currency fluctuations.
Find out the health care coverage and system in your new home, so you're not hit with unexpected charges or worries and confusion in an emergency.
Contact the local education authorities about the education system in your new home. Most countries also have English or international schools which you should be able to find on the internet.
If you are considering buying property abroad, research thoroughly in advance. Keep in mind that property laws and customs in many countries are different from those in the UK and you may encounter problems with ownership rights due to these differences.
Contact the Department for Work & Pensions for more information about collecting your pension abroad.
When you arrive in your new country
Register with the local authorities as soon as you arrive in your new country, if required. Failure to do so may be a crime in some countries, and registering may give you access to health care and welfare services.
If you are moving within the EU and Switzerland, register for a residence permit within the first three months of your arrival. Failure to do so may be a crime in some countries, and registering will give you access to health care and welfare benefits.
Register with the local Embassy/High Commission/Consulate in your new country.
Keep your passport up-to-date, and include contact information for friends or relatives on the appropriate page.
Contact your local Embassy/High Commission/Consulate for information on preparing a will, as laws vary from country to country.
Check to see what you need to do to continue driving in your new country. In some cases, you can exchange your driving licence for a new one, however, in some countries you may need to sit a driving test before being allowed to drive.
To vote in UK elections your name must appear on the electoral register as an overseas elector. Contact the local electoral registration officer at the local council where you were last registered in the UK.
How can we help with your overseas removal?
Britannia Bradshaw can help your international move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote or call 0161 877 5555 (Manchester), 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham) and speak with an international removals specialist.
Are you thinking of buying property abroad?
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has produced a very informative video with insights and some excellent advice on buying a property and living abroad. Before you make a move abroad, be sure to view it.
Know Before You Go - Moving Abroad
Information on buying property abroad, moving abroad, and international relocation from the government
Our removal customer reviews
We are proud of the removals service we provide for our customers
Our removal and storage reviews are taken from our Customer Care Survey, which is sent to every customer after their move is completed.
Removal Service9.8 out of 10
based on 478 ratings (478 user reviews) as of 27 June 2017
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The removal men were FANTASTIC! I cannot recommend them enough! How can you improve perfection?
Written by: Robert Dawson
Date published: 24/05/2017
10 / 10 stars
The best removals experience of all the companies we have used
We have moved home a number of times over the past ten years and this was the best removals experience of all the companies we have used.[We chose Britannia Bradshaw because of a] personal recommendation, excellent internet-based customer reviews, the helpfulness of Diane, who came to quote, and on the competitiveness of the price.
Mike and Martin were extremely professional. They worked very hard over both days to ensure that all the packing, loading and moving went smoothly, whilst consistently taking a "can-do" attitude. They were very polite, took excellent care of our belongings, and not a single element of the job appeared to be too much trouble. Absolutely brilliant.
Written by: Stephen Rwathore
Date published: 07/04/2017
9.7 / 10 stars
The move was everything that was promised
Why don't you have an eleven rating [the removal men] would rate it
We needed a full service so looked for a larger company who could supply this and had seen your vehicles around so gave you a chance, after your home visit I was fully confident that you would deliver what we needed and looked no further. The move was everything that was promised and after the delayed move date we were glad that we took up the insurance option, when the delay happened your office staff were on the ball and kept us informed without promising something that might be delivered but managed to deliver anyhow. My wife was left to handle the day due to work commitment and she felt confident with all the lads.
Written by: Kevin Smethurst
Date published: 13/04/2017
9.8 / 10 stars
Considerate, friendly & helpful
From our experience I don't think there is need for improvement. The removal crew was brilliant, they were very considerate of what we needed to do and they were very friendly and helpful. They did everything we asked in a timely fashion and given the complexity of what we needed to do e.g. moving contents from two separate sites they were very efficient. Just to thank the crew for their help and for making what could have been a very stressful experience less so. Thanks a million.
Written by: Henry Rogers
Date published: 10/04/2017
10 / 10 stars
Absolutely brilliant- they made a potentially stressful experience go extremely smoothly- thank you so much
Written by: Clare Powell
Date published: 08/02/2017
10 / 10 stars
Went above and beyond
[Britannia Bradshaw] was recommended by a friend. Very hard working - went above and beyond to help service - exellent
Written by: Adelina Tirone
Date published: 06/02/2017
9.8 / 10 stars
Brilliant work again
Used them previously - always happy with the service provided. The guys were absolutely brilliant. Brilliant work again - thank you for making our move as smooth as possible!
Written by: Gladys Swaim-Rutter
Date published: 31/01/2017
10 / 10 stars
I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone
The move day experience far exceeded our expectations. Considering moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do, we were relaxed for the whole two days with plenty of time to make a cuppa! We had every confidence in the removals crew. Jay and his team were professional, helpful and kept us organised without being obtrusive. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.