Was there ever a time when so many of us were so desperate for a change of scene? Get out of the city, get out of the town, get out of the country? Change is good, change is invigorating, but it’s also challenging. That old saying about acting in haste and repenting at leisure is worth bearing in mind. Especially if you are considering uprooting the family and moving abroad to Europe.
5 Things To Consider Before Moving Abroad To Europe
Here are 5 points that you need to think through before you put up that ‘for sale‘ sign.
1. Family and Friends
It’s so easy to underestimate the importance of having family and friends nearby.
Of course, Europe is not the moon.
There are good transport links, people can come and see you and you can go and see them.
But as recent events have shown us, you can’t count on a future of continued cheap and easy travel.
You will of course meet new people and make new friends, that’s part of the attraction of moving.
But they won’t be like friends you’ve known since school days, they won’t be family.
2. Can you afford to move abroad to Europe?
Once you start to look at property in Europe you quickly realise that there are huge variations in price within a given country.
A much wider variation than you are likely to find than in the U.K.
If you are thinking of moving to France, for example, you might well think of Provence.
With its golden sunshine and fields of lilac… But you’ll find the property much more expensive than a lesser well-known area such as the Limousin. An area of central France, equally beautiful in its own way.
Capital cities will always be an expensive choice.
One of the most affordable is the beautiful city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal.
However, if you want a real Portuguese bargain, just look at the house prices in Portalegre.
3. Can you guarantee the same work opportunities?
Don’t assume that your professional qualifications will be valid in the country to which you are moving. Do your research before you commit yourself.
If you are thinking of pursuing that popular dream of running a gite or bnb, make sure that the market isn’t saturated and that where you are thinking of buying is on a tourist route.
4. What is the climate like?
In some countries, baking summers are complimented by freezing sub zero winters.
Make sure that you know what you are letting yourself in for.
A rural property may well be idyllic in the summer months, but it may also be bleak and isolated in the winter.
Much as we complain about it, there’s a lot to be said for our temperate British climate.
5. Consider the infrastructure
Make sure that you have explored the local provision of all those services which we take for granted in the U.K.
Do not assume that you will have electricity, wi-fi, or mains drains.
Where is the nearest doctor, dentist or hospital or school?
What are the transport links? How convenient are they? How expensive are they?
I didn’t write this article to put you off what could be the best move you ever made. But do make sure that you know what you are getting into. Thinking this through will put your mind at ease and make your move so much more enjoyable.
Good luck with your move abroad!