Moving abroad? Here’s your four-week checklist of jobs to complete before the big day
So you’re moving to a different country, which seemed like a good idea to start with but now you haven’t got a clue how to begin packing up your life in the UK in advance of starting a new one abroad. There’s a whole host of things that you need to remember to take care of before you leave – this should be a fairly comprehensive list but you never know what else might crop up to be dealt with…
4 weeks before the move:
- Throw out, give away or donate the possessions you will not be taking to your new home.
- Clear out the attic, basement or garage.
- Make sure your passports, international driving licenses (if required) and visas are valid and in order.
- Inform your solicitor and ensure that you have copies of your will, medical and dental records.
- Inform your bank and change accounts if necessary.
- Find out about potential quarantine regulations if you’re taking pets with you.
3 weeks before the move:
- Cancel your newspaper, magazine and general mail subscriptions.
- Arrange for electricity, gas and telephone services to be cut off.
- Tell schools and ensure that copies of reports and certificates are obtained.
- Collect work permits, tax records and other relevant documentation.
2 weeks before the move:
- Put aside valuable or personal items you wish to carry with you during the move.
- Return any rented or borrowed items.
- Dispose of any toxic chemicals (oil paints, aerosol cans) and pack garden tools according to regulations.
- Dismantle large furniture.
1 week before the move:
- Start emptying fridge and freezer.
- Go through details of the move with your representative.
- Get your foreign currency.
- Begin packing personal luggage.
On the day of the move:
- Double-check all of the rooms to ensure nothing has been accidentally left by the removals team.
- Liaise with your representative to ensure there are no more tasks to be completed.
- Switch off power and water.
- Hand over your house keys to the estate agent.