In recent years the appeal of emigrating has become ever more attractive for thousands upon thousands of British citizens.
Fed up with exhausting long working hours, an ever increasing cost of living and rainy unpredictable weather; disenchantment with life in the UK is currently higher than its e ver been.
This unhappiness has left many unsatisfied Brits yearning for something better. It’s this feeling that already drives hundreds of thousands of Brits each and every year to leave their homes and families in the UK and forge new lives for themselves overseas.
After all, who doesn’t like the idea of living in a country which allows one to spend our leisure time the way they want to spend it; and with weather they can rely on?
Taking off the rose-tinted glasses for just a second, it’s worth pointing out that emigrating in itself is not a cure for the ills of life in the UK. In fact the process of emigrating is likely to be one of the most important decisions, and mentally and physically draining experiences, that you will ever undertake. By committing yourself to the long-haul effort of emigration, you’re opting to face practically every major life decision at the same time. The good news, though, is that many emigrants do tend to find a pot of gold at the end of the emigration rainbow.
Researching each and every component of your new life is vital. Even before you start to make firm plans on relocating you’ll need to check that you are able to obtain a residency visa for your desired destination – fairly simple if you’re looking to stay within Europe; not so much if you’re looking further afield. Depending on your individual situation, engaging the services of a registered migration agent is a worthy consideration.
You’ll need to check out first-hand schools, house/rental prices, living costs, job opportunities, the area itself… everything. As obvious as this may sound, you’d be amazed by how many emigrants decide to ‘just go for it’, arguing that they simply can’t afford to undertake such fact finding missions. (These emigrants tend to overlook the fact that having to return back to the UK after deciding they can’t actually settle in their new homeland is even costlier still).
If you’re going to do it right, and give yourselves the best possible chance of settling successfully in your new homeland, then expect the emigration process to cost you a fair amount. This is where getting your finances in order long before you leave is essential. In fact, it should be one of the first steps you take along the long and winding emigration road. There will be many big decisions to make early on. Are you going to sell your house in the UK or keep it and rent it out? What will you do with any investments you may already have, such as pensions, ISAs, rental income, etc?
Other decisions include; what are you going to do with all the belongings you currently already own?
What can you actually take with you when you emigrate? Will you have to say goodbye to your pets? Will that big, flashy television that you’ve only just purchased even work in the country you’re moving to? What about your cars, motorbikes, fine wine collection – can these things go with you? Help is out there and we have the experts to advise you.
There’s little doubt that making the decision to emigrate is life changing. But take your time, research everything thoroughly, and speak to our experts throughout the process, and you can be confident that it will be a change for the better.