Moving abroad can feel very daunting. Taking a few moments to think about all you need to do to move your entire life abroad can feel like enough pressure to even change your mind completely. But by creating a list of all you need to do can help relieve some of this pressure so you can chip away at the list one day at a time. To make things a bit easier on you, we’ve put together a quick checklist of ‘How to move from the UK to Italy’ for some items you may need to consider before your exciting move abroad.
We know this list looks overwhelming, but as a UK-based company with exciting new sites in Italy, we’re happy to help you along every step along the way for a hassle free move. And when you’re waking up to the sunrise coming up over the Tuscan hills, you’ll see it was all worth it!
- Sell/rent home country property
- Decide what to do with belongings: What to put in storage, what to sell, what to ship
- Hiring an international moving company
- Choosing best country/city/neighbourhood to move to
- Restrictions or taxes on shipped household items
- Easy access to pensions
- Open international bank account
- Research cost of living
- Import taxes for high-value items
- Credit and Debit cards without foreign transaction fee
- Bills: Cancel old & start new – Utility, cell phone, internet, water, gas, etc.
- Taxes home country + new country when moved abroad
- Medical/Dental records
- Vaccine requirements
- Medication needed before moving abroad
- Register with new Health System upon arrival
- Driver’s license, international driving permit if needed
- Learning a new language
- Cancel subscriptions and forward mail
- Insurance: Cancel old and start new – home, travel, life, care, car, etc.
- Visa requirements
- Making travel arrangements
- Preparing important documents: Passports, birth and marriage certificates, proof of citizenship, vaccination records, medical and dental records, driving license, insurance policies, academic records and diplomas, employment records, proof of residence
- Relocating pets (vaccines, quarantines, and transportation)
Moving abroad can feel like a daunting task, with many things needed doing before the move. But it’s VERY worth it. When you’re sitting on your balcony looking out to the Italian hills with a glass of wine in hand, you’ll think to yourself, ‘I don’t know what I was so worried about. A life like this is just what I’ve been wanting and needing’.
What do you think about this moving guide? Are there any items you would like to add?