Moving, it’s often deemed quite stressful. And moving abroad? Phewee, that’s a whole new ballgame. So use this free moving checklist 2021 to help make things easier.
Many websites like to make light of “epic fails” when a move’s gone badly. However, it’s sometimes tragic to read stories which tug on your heart strings because nice people have got themselves into bother.
But we here at Indalo Transport are providing a practical solution!
As experts in the removals industry and a team made up of expats, we know a LOT about moving. This is not just from helping others relocate, but from personal experience too. People wanting to become expats don’t want horror stories about moves that have gone wrong. What they need at a time like this is, drum roll, please … a Checklist!
Now it may not come across as a glamorous solution, but this humble list will work wonders for your move, just like Bob Geldof at a Live Aid concert.
This essential and free moving checklist 2021 will help you to plan the last three months before you move. It will help you to do all the important jobs, when moving, in the right order.
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Indalo Transport’s Indispensable Free Moving Checklist 2021
Our handy and free checklist covers every possible angle of making your move the dream it can be.
Click on the checklist picture above to
- open it in a new window as a printable pdf file, and
- save to your computer to print out whenever you want.
After you’ve used our free checklist and the last box is ticked, we hope you’ll feel relieved. And also happy and excited about boarding the plane, or driving onto the ferry, to start your new life abroad.
Below you’ll find that we’ve gone into more detail about some things which we consider important when planning a move.
Obviously, we believe that the most important things to get right is choosing the right removal company. We are a bit biased for obvious reasons! Read on for other important things to consider.
There are two certainties in life …
And yes, tax is one of them! It’s very important that you notify the tax authorities, i.e. HMRC, that you’re planning to relocate abroad. If you don’t contact them, you may have to pay additional taxes which, as an expat, you’d be exempt from otherwise.
So don’t waste money, use the government’s handy online service, or alternatively pick up a P85 form from your local Post Office and complete the required information. Don’t miss out on your tax relief!
Driving in a European Country
If you’re planning to hop on a ferry and drive to meet your belongings at your new home, it’s always worth finding out what the local driving laws are for each country you drive through. Most European countries require you to have the following items in your car at all times:
- GB Sticker on the bumper/back of your car (now needed even if car’s number plate has the GB flag on it)
- 2 Safety Warning Triangles
- High Visibility Jacket (must be kept in the car, not the boot)
- 2 Breathalyzer Kits – for France only
- First Aid Kit
- Headlamp Adjusters (some newer models of car can be adjusted so their headlamps don’t shine in the faces of European drivers, others you can buy special headlamp stickers which reflect the light away)
For more information, the AA has come up with a very handy, country by country guide.
There is also an useful Indalo Transport blogpost detailing the legal requirements for Spain
So there you have it, a handy checklist which you can print off and keep in your moving binder, and some very useful information on driving abroad, how to get a health card which you’re entitled to claim for free, and some info on dealing with finances as an expat.