Concern over the on-going Brexit debacle is encouraging wealthy Europeans who have made their homes in the UK to get the movers in. Anthony Ward Thomas, London’s prestige removals company, handled 296 moves away from Britain in 2018, an increase of 82 per cent on the previous year. Customers are typically wealthy, mostly European Union citizens, moving with their families and retirees seeking more stable political systems.
Anthony Ward Thomas, founder of Ward Thomas Removals, says: ‘Brexit uncertainty is persuading a growing number of people to leave London for overseas, with favoured destinations including Paris, Brussels, Zurich, Geneva, southern France and Majorca. The timing suggests a reaction not so much to Brexit itself but the handling of the negotiations.’
While any house move is stressful, moving overseas adds an extra level of complexity. Anthony Ward Thomas offers the following tips for those taking the plunge:
- 1 Do your research before you go. Visit your new town or city at least once, but ideally a few times more. It’s advisable to buy a property in an area you are familiar with, otherwise rent until you are convinced that it is the place for you.
- 2 Read up on the rules and regulations of purchasing property in your chosen country. Some have restrictions on foreign ownership, lots of red tape, and costly fees. Some countries are notorious for allowing long, drawn-out waiting periods to get approval. Independent legal advice is a must.
- 3 Check visa requirements, as the last place you want to find yourself in is the interview room at Customs. Some countries are laxer with regards to visitation periods, others are stringent and difficult to extend. If you’re unsure about visa requirements, contact the UK embassy in the city you are considering moving to for up-to-date information.
- 4 Choose your removals firm carefully, ideally one like Anthony Ward Thomas which makes thousands of moves to Europe and further afield every year. Our specialist team can guide you through every step of the process, making sure your move is as smooth as possible. If you don’t have a personal recommendation, online reivews are a good place to start, such as Google Live and Trustpilot, to find out what previous customers thought.
- 5 If English isn’t the native tongue, start learning the local language now. There are lots of apps and traditional online learning platforms, in addition to night classes. Being able to communicate is a crucial part of integrating into your new location. You will feel more confident and ready to ask people questions, plus you’ll make new friends quicker.
If you want to book London’s prestige removals company for your overseas move, get in touch today.