1. The UK has experienced a property boom over
the past decade, and houses can be expensive.
Know your budget, stick to it and shop around
locations to ensure you are getting the best value
2. Decide on an area and stay focused.
Research thoroughly and try to picture yourself
living there. Location is a crucial factor in your
3. Have a flexible time scale. The housing market
is vibrant here and if you lose out on a property,
another one will be available. It will be very
important for you to have a contingency plan
such as the option of renting a property for a
4. Prioritise your housing needs. It will be much
easier for you to manage your search if you know
the relative importance of being close to the
shops, having off road parking, proximity to good
5. Use a specialist agency to conduct your initial
search and develop your short list. If you live
overseas from the UK then making repeat visits to
view potential properties may be neither practical
nor financially viable.
6. When you buy a property in the UK, depending on
its price, you may have to pay a tax called stamp
duty. How much stamp duty you pay depends
on the price of the property. For example if you
buy a home for under £125,000 you will pay no
stamp duty whereas if your new home costs over
£200,000, a 1% charge is added. Ensure you
research how much you must pay before you
agree to purchase the property.
7. Moving abroad with children can be a tough
experience. Make sure you talk to them regularly
about what is happening.
8. Pets are very sensitive to changes in the
household. Prepare as well in advance for them
as you would yourselves! Make sure you visit a
vet well before the move who will carry out the
necessary vaccinations and will be on hand to
answer any concerns you may have.
9. Ask your lawyer to conduct a thorough
investigation of the property before any contracts
are signed. This is your new home, you don’t want
to arrive to find that the roof is minutes from
10. Choose the right movers. Someone who is reliable
and has experience of moving abroad. Research
the company and check their reviews. Remember,
it’s not just your possessions they will be looking
after, it’s your life!