The UK is a highly desirable location for many people looking to move internationally for a new adventure. Home to a variety of different locations from the bustling London city life to the quaint towns in Dorset, there is sure to be something here for you. However, whether you’re moving to the UK for the first time or returning home after years abroad you’ll need to understand the steps needed for an easy move. Which is why we created the moving to the UK checklist to help you along the way. How to make the transition as stress-free and positive as possible 1. Moving company One of the first things to plan when you are moving to the UK is how you are going to ship your belongings. Allow yourself time for planning the move and think about contacting and international moving company. 2. Finding a home Buying a house in the UK can take up to a year, so make sure to arrange a temporary place to stay for when you arrive. The market moves quickly, and it’s always easier to look for a home from inside the country. 3. Healthcare Make sure you settle all outstanding payments in the country you are moving from. If possible, have your health and dental records sent to the UK. You may need an official translator for this, depending on your country of residence. 4. Pension If you are returning home to the UK and you paid contributions in more than one country, you may be entitled to separate pensions from these countries. Contact the International Pension Centre to let them know about your situation and for further information. 5. Taxes If you are returning to the UK, you become a resident again, which means that you are subject to the same rules as someone who never left. You will pay taxes on UK income and gains and any foreign income and gains. Contact the HMRC as soon as possible to find out more. 6. Bank account If you kept your British bank account open while you were gone, you have nothing to worry about. However, if you are planning on opening a bank account, don’t forget that you will need a document to prove your identity and another one to prove your UK address. 7. Schools If you are moving with children, contact the education authorities in the UK responsible for the area you are moving to. They will advise you on the steps required to enrol your children in a British school and the documents needed. 8. Get ready for changes Moving back home after months or years of living in another country is not easy. A lot has changed, so make sure to set the right expectations for your return. If you are moving to the UK for the first time, we often start to miss the things, people and experiences we were previously accustomed to. Remember that this is all normal, and give yourself time to adapt. Join local groups and expat communities, in no time it will feel like home! Find out more about cities of UK at our destination guides.