You’re busy at work clicking through the travel blogs and holiday sales again. Dreaming of a sunny beach with a fresh sea breeze blowing through your hair puts a smile on your face. Naturally, you start thinking about getting a new sun hat. Just as you’re about to click on that link for some rather fabby looking sunglasses, the boss appears…
Fortunately, all your dreams are about to come true! You will be heading out on a flight to meet up with some business partners overseas. Chances are, it will be a regular occurrence, so lots of chances for sunbathing in warmer climates. Of course, if you are traveling to other countries all the time, it may be sensible for you to start thinking about buying your own property over there.
Relocating is a massive undertaking. You need to spend quality time in your new country to get to know the local laws and customs. Most importantly, you need to get to know some of the local areas you would consider moving to. House shopping overseas is hard work as you may need to navigate language barriers when speaking to property agents or reading up on property specifications. Each country has its unique process for buying a property, and as a foreigner there may be strict rules you need to follow. For example, if you are buying a property in Spain, you need to apply for your NIE Numbers a good couple of months beforehand. This helps ensure you are legally eligible to proceed with the sale.
Removal costs for shipping overseas doesn’t come cheap either. If you work for a big company, part of their job offer package will likely include shipping your belongings overseas for you. This will help a lot. If you undertake the move yourself, you may want to look up some overseas removal experts to help you.
If you are planning to relocate to a foreign country, try and visit the new area as often as you can before making any final commitments. Favorite holiday destinations can be very different places off-season and may not have the same appeal. You may want to do some in-depth research on crime statistics and cost of living too. If you are unable to sustain the same quality of life you are used to at home, it may not be worth going. This may be due to the cost of living being higher in your new country than what you are used to. Check your new wage is appropriate.
You may be relocating quickly and not have much time to pick and choose where you live. You may not be buying a property at all at first because your company is providing a villa or hotel accommodation until you find your feet. Another consideration is the working environment. If you are going to miss your friends in the office, you can ask if you can meet up with your new office mates once or twice before the move. This will help you build rapport, and hopefully someone in the office will help you with the move.