Whether you are considering moving to the UK yourself, or relocating an assignee, there will always be some apprehension, as well as excitement for the journey ahead, especially if moving the whole family as there will then be more people to please!
Get it right, and it can be a fulfilling and amazing experience, as well as a huge benefit to the company.
Whatever the reasons for moving, the challenges and stresses can be hugely reduced by using a relocation company an industry that is sometimes under utilised. They can offer ‘independent’ expert advice on locations, properties and schooling, and negotiate the best possible terms on your behalf. They add that element of common sense, along with practical support and a friendly ear to help reduce stresses and worries. And with evidence showing that the financial impact to a company for a failed relocation can be as much as 2½ times the annual salary cost of an assignee, it is imperative that the relocation succeeds and all parties are on-board.
Although things may initially seem overwhelming, it’s surprising how much falls into place once the process starts. The internet is great for research and information gathering prior to arrival, especially as agents are now adapting their processes to provide more on-line virtual viewings. Beware though, as many UK property websites are not up to date and often advertise properties that are no longer available. It is also worth remembering that the agents are obviously working for the landlord so will be in full ‘sales’ mode when promoting an area or property.
Pets, especially cats and dogs, can also pose a problem as many UK landlords do not allow them, so this will significantly reduce rental options.
Before any plans can begin, there are visa and immigration requirements to consider, and the time implications for this. Nobody can enter into a rental agreement or house purchase in the UK until they have the correct documentation to pass referencing and ‘right to rent’ checks. We now also have the added consideration of possible quarantine restrictions for travellers arriving into the UK as the COVID 19 situation continues, so please continue to check government advice as short-term accommodation may be required upon arrival.
Opening bank accounts can also be tricky as most high street banks insist on a permanent address before this can happen. Not ideal when you need access to funds to make crucial payments, so being prepared is key.
Deciding on an area to rent or buy can be taxing with an array of choices, but can equally be fun! Prices vary considerably from area to area and even street to street, and with London for example, being the 3rd most expensive city in the world, this can prove a challenge. Things to consider will clearly be budget, property size, safety, travel connections to work, property type, schooling and the life style you are looking for. Depending on where you are relocating from, people are generally shocked at how much smaller properties can be in the UK compared to what they are used to, so have to really think about what furniture they may bring, if any. If there are children to think about, obviously education will be paramount. State v independent/private schooling options is also something to take into account, and if it’s the state school route you choose, be aware that applications cannot be made for a school place until you have proof of your permanent address and the children are actually in the country. This ‘chicken and egg’ dilemma can be worrying for those wanting some certainty before agreeing on an area and is often the a ‘sticking point’ for families.
Rest assured however, with the right support and approach, a relocation to anywhere in the UK can be rewarding and something to be embraced and enjoyed by all.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss our bespoke services and how we can help you.
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