Important – removals checklist before you move to another country

Once I decided to relocate, I knew I had to prepare for moving abroad. The administrative tasks were quite daunting, so I prepared a removals checklist – and cheered whenever I could cross off a job done.

Top tip

Keep a special notebook, and computer file (backed up!) Also an e-mail file. Note who you spoke to and when, and what about. File all correspondence.

My Check List

1. Sell my house.

2. Find a reliable removal and storage company.

3. Notify HMRC.

4. Bank accounts

  • Keep UK bank – leave enough money for storage and transport of furniture
  • Open a bank account abroad
  • Possibly open an international bank account to avoi currency exchange fees

5. Pensions

  • Notify providers
  • Ask for a pension Health check

6. ISA and savings – get professional advice.

7. Prepare for moving abroad by getting together the information to inform your new country about all your assets.

8. Medical matters

  • Apply for European Health Insurance card for short term medical cover.
  • Inform my GP – and if possible get a copy of their computer record.
  • Get a copy of hospital notes – PCT – cost about £50.

9. Visit the vet about 3 months before the move and ensure rabies vaccination, microchip and all vaccinations up to date for your pets relocation. They need their own passports.

10. Driving licence – ensure up to date. When I move get the European licence.

11. Check the rules of the road. Make sure I have the requisite items I have to legally carry in the car.

12. Ensure my will up to date – and be prepared to make another one out in Belgium as intestate rules may differ.

13. Sort out the actual move – buy tickets, prepare pet carriage and define route.

14. Inform utilities company that you are preparing to move abroad.

15. Inform local authority -I actually got a rebate!

16. Arrange for post to be forwarded.

This was my list – and it did seem adequate, although the preparation for moving abroad was quite a complicated business. I was often glad of my little notebook, to remind where I had got up to in my preparation for moving abroad.

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