Moving is always a stressful process. Add a new city or country to the mix and it can be utterly overwhelming. Not only do you have to deal with all the packing and deciding which belongings you will keep, there might be language barriers, cultural differences, different council rules, visa applications and international travel involved. I am here to tell you it doesn’t have to be very scary – read my top tips to make preparing to relocate to anywhere a bit easier.

Finding the Right Estate Agent

Even if you are moving within the UK, it can be so tricky to know which estate agents and companies you should actually trust and which ones you should avoid at all costs. A good start is always Google as it will help you determine which companies are out there. Don’t just search for estate agents but also research residential developments to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities. For example, the Lodha Group is a reputable property developer with various locations, including Lincoln Square in London. Once you have a list of companies, make sure to check reviews on channels like Facebook or Google. When people have had excellent or disastrous experiences, they have likely shared them somewhere. These reviews will provide a great start to narrowing down your list of agencies and companies. Alternatively, join a local Facebook group and ask for feedback on local estate agents.

Language Barriers

Moving to a completely new country is daunting; there is no other way to spin this. But it will always be a fantastic adventure. If you have to deal with language barriers, you can prepare yourself by following a language course ahead of the big move. Sounds simple, but plenty of people will find that making the time for this is actually a little harder than initially anticipated. Research local language courses if you do better with regular sessions and other like-minded students. Obviously, in this day and age, you will also be able to find an app that will help you pick up new vocabulary and grammar. Take your pick from apps like Duolingo, Babbel, TripLingo and many more. You will be spoiled with choices. Depending on your budget, you can try free or cheaper apps or jump straight in and pay a bit more for the Rosetta Stone app. You will have to schedule your own time though.

Visa Applications, Cultural Differences & Council Rules

Figuring out where to look when you want straight-forward information on visas, culture or local council rules can be very confusing, especially if you don’t speak the language. A great resource can be university websites if you are locating to a city with a major learning institution. Universities will often compile useful information on life in the city so new students will have less trouble adjusting to this new environment. This information is often not only useful for students but anyone looking to move. The resources will include details on council tax and other charges, estate agents, banks, insurances and other key information. Save yourself some time and browse these resources, which are often readily available on university websites in various languages.

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