Your relocation to London is going to take up a large amount for your time from the moment that you decide that you’re moving to the “Big Smoke“. As delightful as it sounds, you can’t just pack your bags and head for the airport.
A successful relocation to London will mean work on both sides of the Atlantic and at the very least; you should get some professional advice on the logistics of a transatlantic move before you start the process.
Top international relocation tips from the professionals
- Never sign a lease on an apartment or new home in London without having seen the property yourself. If you are going it alone in the hunt for property in London, you absolutely cannot leave it to chance. There is no MLS in the UK like there is in the USA, Canada and many other countries. Each realtor or estate agent works for themselves and will only show you properties on their books. This could mean that you are a) pressured into something that doesn’t suit your needs exactly and b) you don’t get to see everything that’s available in your price range.
- If you’re using a relocation agent be sure to tell them EXACTLY what you require from your new neighbourhood. While you can compromise on a style of home, it is vital that you have the amenities that you want in your neighbourhood. If you are planning your relocation to London with a young family then schools will of the utmost importance. Community amenities need to be figured into your planning and a little bit of forward planning goes a long way towards ensuring success..
- Finding a new home should be your number one priority when you are moving to London from the US or any country in the world for that matter. There is so much that hinges on your lease agreement. Opening bank accounts, cell phone contracts and any form of credit will be based on the fact that you have a permanent address in London.
- You don’t have to take everything with you when you are moving to London: When it comes to appliances especially, it is always advisable to purchase them when you arrive. Apart from the obvious electrical compliancy issues, many London homes are just not able to accommodate large appliances. This last point is especially pertinent to people moving to London from the US – appliances and furniture made in the US are often just too big for London homes.
It can be daunting and challenging to make the move to a new city, new job, new life and new home all at once. The process starts at home and ends up in your new home thousands of miles away.
London Relocation offers a fully inclusive service that starts with a comprehensive Needs Assessment and ends with our unique Settling In Service. We’re not an estate agent so we work directly for our clients and guarantee the best homes, apartments and lease negotiations for certain success.