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.

We are partners in the Government's Know Before You Go campaign, helping you to know your rights and responsibilities when moving and living abroad.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Britannia Bradshaw can help your move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote, or by calling 0161 877 5555 (Manchester) or 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham & Coventry) and speak with one of our removals specialists.

How are our appointments carried out

In the current times you might prefer that we don't visit your house in person to carry out a survey. This is fully understandable and we can just as easily undertake the survey by video call, using whatever method you're comfortable with, usually FaceTime or WhatsApp.

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Reasonable price. Seemed very professional from the quote

Why did you choose to get a quote from us and where did you get our contact details?
Internet- contacted a number of companies Bradshaws were the first to respond

How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
10/10

How would you rate the survey that we carried out?
8/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Reasonable price. Seemed very professional from the quote

How would you rate your move team?
10/10

Would you like to tell us anything about your move team?
They were very considerate

How would you rate our communication?
10/10

How can we improve our service?
Nothing from what I can see

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
10/10

Paula Tarran

Brilliant, pleasant, professional and fun to be with

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Your service has been first class from start to finish and we could find no fault whatsoever.

This process has been very difficult and protracted for us so to get such good support on the actual move itself was so comforting. The guys were all brilliant, pleasant, professional and fun to be with. All good Black Country lads. Please pass on our appreciation and reward them appropriately.                               

Andrew Skinner

Quick, efficient, clean and careful

Why did you choose to get a quote from us and where did you get our contact details?
Previous experience

How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
10/10

How would you rate the survey that we carried out?
10/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
You provided a prompt quote and were able to accommodate us on the dates we wanted

How would you rate your move team?
10/10

Would you like to tell us anything about your move team?
Quick, efficient, clean and careful and they were polite and pleasant

How would you rate our communication?
10/10

How can we improve our service?
I have no suggestion to make.

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
10/10

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your move?
Never again but that has nothing to do with your team

Vincent Verzijl

a good team who clearly knew their stuff.

Why did you choose to get a quote from us and where did you get our contact details?
Found you on-line

How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
8/10

How would you rate the survey that we carried out?
9/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Fair price based on a thorough initial survey

How would you rate your move team?
10/10

Would you like to tell us anything about your move team?
Friendly, reassuring, efficient, thorough - a good team who clearly knew their stuff. 

How would you rate our communication?
9/10

How can we improve our service?
Would have liked to know your team’s eta on day 1 of the move out.  Phoned the office - they checked with the driver and I was then kept well informed.

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
9/10

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your move?
Your team were reassuring & substantially eased the stress of our move.

Barbara Hedley

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