Moving From The Uk To Greece Practical Planning Tips

Moving From The Uk To Greece Practical Planning Tips



for​ most people, the fun part of​ moving their life and​ family to​ Greece is​ definitely in​ the early days of​ the decision. When long weekends are still being filled by impromptu trips to​ idyllic Greek islands in​ search of​ the perfect new home, it's hard to​ put a​ damper on​ things by thinking of​ the practical planning that such a​ move will require.

Practical planning though, is​ the key to​ a​ smooth move from the UK to​ Greece, so as​ soon​ as​ the decision​ has been made, the search should begin​ to​ find a​ home removals company that can safely transport your​ belongings to​ your​ new home in​ Greece. Unlike many other European countries, Greek geography is​ complex because almost one sixth of​ the country is​ made up of​ its 2,000 or​ so islands. it​ makes sense therefore, to​ use a​ removals company that know the country inside out, not only the mainland​ areas but also the many islands, as​ their local knowledge will be invaluable at​ the Greek end of​ your​ move. When talking to​ removals companies, do discuss in​ detail the location​ of​ the property to​ which you​ are moving and​ ensure that they are equipped to​ access the it, particularly if​ it​ is​ located at​ the top of​ a​ steep hill or​ in​ a​ remote village. a​ reputable company such as​ K & a​ International, who are specialists in​ UK to​ Greece removals, will be able to​ offer the support and​ guidance that you​ need at​ this​ stage of​ your​ planning.

The next essential step is​ to​ evaluate your​ current home contents, to​ decide exactly what will be making the move with you. if​ this​ is​ a​ permanent move, you​ will need to​ be more ruthless in​ your​ evaluation​ than you​ will if​ your​ relocation​ is​ temporary. if​ there are items that you​ don't want to​ take, decide whether it​ is​ practical to​ have them stored in​ the UK and​ if​ not, now may be the right time to​ have a​ clear out.

At this​ point, you​ should also give some thought to​ customs and​ immigration​ requirements. it​ is​ usual for​ most countries to​ permit the duty free entry of​ household goods that are more than one year old, but most will not permit duty free entry of​ items that are less than one year old. Certain​ items are also restricted and​ it​ is​ important to​ get up to​ date advice and​ guidance from the appropriate Greek authorities well before your​ move.

Once you​ have decided what items need to​ be shipped to​ Greece, the best plan of​ action​ is​ to​ get a​ survey carried out by a​ professional haulage company. Only then will you​ get an​ accurate quote for​ your​ move, as​ your​ own estimates of​ 'a few crates' will probably be wildly inaccurate. Many removals companies offer a​ packing service, to​ help ease the pressure of​ moving abroad, so if​ this​ is​ of​ interest to​ you, discuss it​ with them during the survey. Selecting a​ reputable company will give your​ precious home contents the best protection​ during the move, but insurance in​ transit is​ essential. It's quite likely that your​ home contents insurance won't cover your​ property during a​ move abroad, so it​ is​ prudent to​ check with your​ insurers in​ good time so that you​ can take additional cover if​ required.

The date of​ your​ move to​ Greece may well be dictated by the start of​ a​ new job, which will give you​ less flexibility in​ your​ choice of​ removal date, but if​ you​ can be flexible, try to​ avoid choosing a​ date towards the end of​ a​ month, as​ this​ tends to​ be the most popular time of​ the month for​ most people making a​ move overseas, so it​ is​ also the busiest for​ all organisations involved in​ the removals process. The local holiday calendar in​ Greece should also be taken into account, as​ national holidays are often different to​ UK holidays and​ avoiding them can help to​ reduce unnecessary delays at​ the Greek end of​ your​ move.

When you​ are planning the shipment of​ your​ home contents, it's easy to​ forget about personal travel plans for​ you​ and​ other family members, but don't leave it​ too late to​ book your​ own flights and​ other travel arrangements, particularly if​ your​ move will be during the peak summer months, as​ flights often get booked up quickly in​ advance by holiday makers. if​ your​ family members include pets, they will need a​ Pet Passport and​ you​ will have to​ arrange for​ their shipment. The Department for​ Environment, Food and​ Rural Affairs can provide you​ with up to​ date advice and​ information​ on​ moving your​ pets abroad.

Official documents such as​ marriage and​ birth certificates, drivers license and​ financial papers should really be packed with your​ personal hand​ luggage so that you​ have everything to​ hand​ if​ required when you​ arrive in​ Greece. as​ you​ will probably arrive before your​ shipment, having all your​ paperwork with you​ will mean that you​ can use the time wisely, to​ sort out the essentials such as​ a​ bank account, car hire and​ medical registrations if​ they haven't been arranged before you​ move.

Careful planning will help you​ to​ keep control of​ your​ move, which in​ turn helps to​ reduce the anxieties of​ moving abroad, leaving you​ free to​ start enjoying your​ new life in​ the sun.




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