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Whether you need assistance with removals to America, Australia or China, there will always be one constant – you need to be as prepared as possible. Relocating abroad can be a very stressful and difficult time, not to mention an emotional one, so knowing what needs to be done when and where can really help lighten the load. Here’s what you might want to consider before you leave.

Local laws & customs

Make sure that you know as much about your destination country as possible before you arrive. Read up on all the local customs and regulations so you don’t get caught out early on and so there aren’t any nasty surprises.

Healthcare

You’ll find that there are different rules for accessing healthcare overseas than in the UK so make sure that you’ve got adequate health insurance in place until you’ve registered when you reach your new home.

Notify the UK government

You’ll need to make sure that you’ve told organisations like HMRC, the Social Security Office and the Department of Work and Pensions that you’re relocating, as well as your local GP.

Tax

Make sure as well that you’ve read up on the different taxes that will apply to you once you’ve moved, as well as those back in the UK so you don’t get caught out.

Pets

You may want to bring Fido or Tinkerbell with  you so make sure that your pet is microchipped and immunised at least 21 days before you’re due to set off. Discuss travel arrangements with a professional transportation company as well so you know what you’ll need to do to ensure your pet’s safe journey to their new home.