Moving property: how to stop the stress

By : Nick Marr

Europe is a big place, but you never quite realise how big until you’ve relocated across borders.

Despite the European Union (EU) allowing the free flow of its citizens from one country to the next, the application processes to live in a new country can be a real headache. Add to this the inherent stress in upending your previous life and the veins in your head will almost be ready to pop.

You’ll have to deal with authorities from where you’re moving to and where you’re moving from, pack up all your belongings, lose cash in the currency exchange rates and try to find connections in a strange new city.

It’s no wonder people regularly claim that moving house is one of the most stressful activities they’ve ever had to perform. While it might not compare with entering a war zone or jumping out of a plane, it’s still enough to pump up your blood pressure irreparably.

There’s no such thing as an easy fix to your moving blues – but there are ways keep yourself organised.

Here are just a few.

Snail mail that never fails

Removal companies are a pricey bunch when they’re being used to haul your goods in the same city – just imagine their exorbitant rates when you’re moving countries.

Indeed, people shell out unnecessarily large sums of cash when they move. But there’s a vast range of choices available to you.

For instance, why not send your smaller items by mail? You might be sending a courier to Australia or Dusseldorf, but the price can still be right. Use a delivery company comparison site to find the best options and you’ll lighten the load of your removal vans.

Help from the law

No matter where you’re moving to, you’ll have to break through a large amount of red tape if you want to settle down. Many working visas or entry forms have been stalled thanks to muddled forms and applications.

To fully understand your responsibilities during a move, hire a legal advisor who can guide you through each and every hoop. With them by your side, the admin will be a cinch.

Avoid the culture shock

The internet has become a glorious tool for people on the move – now they can make friends in their newfound home before they’ve even booked their flights.

Many networking sites exist geared towards expats. They’ll give you the opportunity to make friends with similar interests in your area. It sure beats showing up to your new home and feeling lonely.