Tips for international relocation to the UK


Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do, when there’s another country involved in addition, this is multiplied.

There’s so much to think about – What to pack? When to move? Who should you ask to help? Visas – do you need them and how do you get them? What will you do about bank accounts? The list goes on and on.

If you are moving to the UK, you will soon learn that there are many rules and regulations and as our reputation goes - the British are indeed real sticklers for the rules.

A key thing to remember is that good preparation will save you time, costly mistakes and a lot of stress. Make sure you do your research on how living in the UK is different to your current location.

Identity Cards

In the UK we don’t have Identity cards, so it can be difficult for UK arrivals to get a bank account or even a mobile phone contract before having secured some accommodation. A home address is the key to becoming a ‘recognised person’ in the UK and therefore able to access services of all kinds. We can help you to do this quickly to help you feel at home as soon as possible.

What should you take?

Furniture – UK houses often have smaller room sizes than the ‘Open Plan’ you may be used to in Australia / the US. Check the dimensions of your new house before you ship your bulky furniture items.

Electrical items – Bear in mind that the UK run on 220-240 Volt AC. Check your compliance labels first and the compatibility of televisions and other such electrical items. You may wish to buy an adaptor to take with you and expect to change plugs for different sized sockets when you unpack.

Personal items –Take everything which is important to you. If you like looking at your old photographs, take them with you. Be prepared for Customs to scrutinise your possessions though regardless of whether they arrive by boat or plane – there may be some delays.

Your pet – It is possible to bring your pet into the UK but you must follow certain procedures such as arranging a Pet Passport and being vaccinated against rabies, please read our previous blog on the subject by clicking here.

Boats, Trailers and Vehicles – If you love your car or boat and can’t bear to think about selling them – don’t worry - specialist transport can be arranged.

I am worried about my belongings being broken

Most people have precious breakables, be they baby ornaments or antiques. There’s no way you would want to leave these behind when you move. So how do you protect them?

The first thing to do is to find a well-regarded, experienced international moving company who will guide you through the process and help you with customs, insurance and shipping.

Make sure your service includes packing and unpacking, because this will ensure that your belongings are covered by the removal company’s insurance. Any packing you do will invalidate this insurance, so you can put your feet up, at least for this stage!

Try not to let the excitement of your new adventure, moving to the UK, be overshadowed by the stresses of moving.

Relax, do your research and ask for help from the experts.

For further information about how we can assist you in finding, acquiring or renting your new home please contact us by calling 01962 793100 or email