European Removals: Tips for Moving Cross Continent
Let’s face it, moving is stressful – and when moving across seas and continents, the To-Do list to tick off, the costs to pay and the plans to make can soon overwhelm even the most collected of individuals. After years in this business, we know what it takes for such a move to be a success. Here’s how you can prepare for a brand new life, over in another European country, without losing your mind, possessions, or both.
1. Leave the move of your items to the professionals
Starting a brand new life abroad is going to demand a lot of planning – the last thing that you should have to worry about is hauling your worldly goods along with you (and in all likelihood, unless you have limited personal effects, or have a special truck licence, you’re going to struggle with this challenge in any event). And beyond removing the stress of transporting your items, using a specialist European removals company also means that your items will be insured, protecting them from damage and loss (our premium service also means that we can even handle the packing of your items – ensuring that they’re professionally protected for the long journey ahead).
2. Map out your own journey
With your possessions looked after, you need to plan your own route ahead. Whilst the EU currently has very open borders in many areas, there are other countries where you may need specific documentation. The Europa website can help you in understanding what you’ll need, when and where.
3. Consider your health
In the UK, we’re lucky enough to have our health needs handled by the NHS, for free. When moving, you’ll need to consider how the country approaches healthcare and whether you’ll need to enrol in a privatised healthcare scheme.
4. Undertake a little cultural research
Get off to a great start in your new life by learning more about the country, its customs and the specific locality you’re moving to. Throwing in a few key phrases in the native mother tongue can also help you to connect with locals on arrival (although given that English is almost universally spoken well in Europe, this is less about being able to communicate, and more about showing willing). Other things you may want to consider are: weights and measurements; climate and the jobs market/cost of living.
5. Search out other expatriates before your big move
Expats who have ‘been there and done that’ can help no end in preparing for a move – and will advise on things that you may not have even considered (such as what meals you can create from the typical supermarket shelves in your country of choice).
There may already be online groups, forums or websites for expats in certain countries; a quick Google search should set you on the right path.
Any form of home move is stressful, however when you face a move across a continent, the organisation and logistics become all the more imposing. Our York home removals team look after home relocations Europe-wide – removing some of the stress and strain that is naturally associated with such a move. Find out just how affordable this peace of mind is – use our two-minute online quote tool for your big move; alternatively you can phone our team on 07931 849 112 or 01904 375 995, email us via [email protected].