You have made the decision to relocate to Europe, but where do you start to get everything organised? Moving to Europe can have so many benefits, but it also comes with many challenges, so any European relocation tips are more than helpful. Being aware of and tackling them for a smooth transition, will take the stress out of what can be a life changing decision.
We, at Compass Moving Services, strive to make the planning and logistics of relocating to Europe as practical as possible, so lets look at what you should expect and give you some helpful european relocation tips.
Firstly let’s look at our expertise, European removals. Obviously you will be looking for a removal firm that has the expertise and experience to take care of the most physical part of your move.
It is important that you do your due diligence. Contact some International removal companies to get a free quote, something any reputable company will offer without question, some company websites will even offer a free online estimate, so be sure to take advantage of this.
The next step will include a visit by a European moving specialist to fine tune your moving needs and answer any questions you may have. Once the quote has been tailored and a date agreed you can relax knowing this important part of your European relocation is covered, leaving you to concentrate on other factors of your European move.
There are some things you can do even before you arrive in your new European home.
European Relocation – Planning Ahead
- Now I know English is spoken all over the World, but to rely on that would be a mistake. Take time to familiarise yourself with the local language, understanding and practising common words and phrases. Your new community will really appreciate the fact that you are making an effort to integrate. Hugo publish easy courses for the language of your choice.
- You can drive in the EU with a UK driving licence, but you will have to exchange it for an EEA licence after you have gained resident status. If you are moving to a non EU country an International Driving permit will be needed and this is something you will need to apply for before you leave the UK.
- Make sure you also check that your insurance is up-to-date and that you follow the relevant traffic regulations which may be different to the UK.
Once you have arrived and unpacked there are two further important European relocation tips.
European Relocation – Once You’re There
- Find your nearest British Consulate, not only might they be needed in an emergency, but they will also have information on British clubs and associations in your area, which you may want to join.
- Understand the local transport network. It is useful to know locations and times of the bus and rail networks, and you will be able to practice your newly learnt language, building your confidence and making you feel part of the community.
There are many more tips to help your transition into your new European home, too many to cover in this post but these European Relocation tips will give you a solid foundation to build on. For further in-depth guidance Expatica are a great resource of information…