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12 months to go
*Make sure you have at least 2 years left on your passports.
* Dig out all your personal paperwork, including birth, adoption and marriage certificates, employment refeences, driving licences and qualifications.
* Update your CV to make it suitable for the Oz/Kiwi market place.
* Get your finances in order, consolidate bank accounts and reduce debts.
* Talk to your children’s schools about your plans and ask them to prepare hand-over files
6 months to go
* Get quotes from removals companies and flights and get them booked.
* Sell any unwanted items of furniture and clear out cupboards.
* Clean and paint any garden tools and furniture you plan to take. Items with soil on will be denied entry at customs.
* Ensure you get your P45.
* Ask your doctor, dentist, optician for your hand-over files.
* Open an Oz/Kiwi bank account
* Set up a trading account with a currency broker.
* Request credit references from your bank, building society or any other lending agent. * Identify temporary accommodation in case your house sells sooner than expected and you have to move out.
* Contact the Inland Revenue. * If you are on PAYE and are leaving before the end of a tax year, it’s likely you’ll have overpaid tax. This is because the earlier in the tax year you leave, the less your tax-free allowance will have been factored in by your PAYE payments. Claim a refund of the overpayment. Also contact National Insurance. You can choose to keep making payments if you wish to.
2 months to go
* Inform the DVLC of your move – perhaps give them a relative’s address to write to. Hold onto your British driving licence. You’ll need it until you get a new driving licence at your destination. (If you move overseas, the DVLC will not update the address on your licence to an overseas location.)
* Track down temporary accommodation in Oz.
* Register children in new schools.
* Organise all birthday cards and presents for the next 3 months.
* Request up to date statements on any endowments, pensions and investments. * Confirm the removal firm are booked
1 month to go
*Give your change of address to your bank, passport office, DVLA, pension company, inland revenue, insurance brokers and accountants. *Bring council tax and utilities up to date and cancel accounts for TV, internet, phone and insurance.
*Go to a car boot sale to sell any items you don't want to take with you, or donate them to a charity shop.
*Arrange all your post to be redirected to a friend or relative.
*Transfer funds to Oz.
*Start packing non-essential items.*Collect all hand-over files from doctor, dentist, optician, schools etc.
*Arrange some private health cover for Oz/NZ if required.
*Pay off any outstanding debts.
*Close any surplus bank accounts and destroy unwanted cards.
*Shred any personal records you are not taking and dispose of.
*Ensure all your relevant paperwork is in a handy travel file.
*Cancel any redundant direct debits or standing orders.
*Ask for a copy of your No Claims Bonus from your insurance company.
*Contact your car insurer – tell them you’re moving and ask for written confirmation of your no claims bonus because this will often be accepted overseas, enabling you to get cheaper insurance after you’ve moved. *Cancel remaining time on your car insurance for a refund.
*Contact your life insurance company. You’ll probably want to continue payments so it’s important they know your new address.
*Have your mail redirected. You can have it redirected to an overseas address – if you have one arranged. Alternatively, have your mail redirected to someone in the UK who can then forward it to you
*Arrange for gas, electric, telephone, satellite, internet provision etc to be disconnected. *Do make sure you pay all your bills before you leave.
*Debt collection agencies operate worldwide. The last thing you need is for your credit record to be spoiled and debt collectors chasing you in your new country.
*Cancel child benefit.
1 week to go
Cancel satellite TV subscriptions.
Sell your car, bike, van or any other transport you wont be needing.
Cancel car insurance.
Buy some currency for each destination on route to Oz
Pick up a copy of "On Arrival" magazine at the airport; it contains lots of ideas, information and helpful websites.
Collect your hire car and check into your accommodation.
Contact people back home to let them know you have arrival safely.
Try not to sleep through the day.
Set up a Pay-as-you-Go mobile phone to start your off - you can buy a cheap SIM card and use it in your UK phone
Find your nearest internet cafe for property and area research.
Take a few days to get over the journey and explore the area
1 Week later
Get a tax file number (TFN) for Oz or an IRD number for New Zealand. Explore the area or suburb you think you would like to live in and ask the locals as many questions as possible.
Meet with rental agents and start reviewing some accommodation property options.
Find a solicitor to help with rental or purchase contracts.
Consider buying a car sooner rather than later. Used cars are cheap if you don't yet qualify for credit.
Get car insurance.
Register at a local school
Get a landline installed and set up internet access.
Invite your neighbours around for drinks and focus on making new friends for you and your children.
1 Month later
Review your financial position and transfer more funds if required.
Set up standing orders for utilities.
Register for your local doctor and dentist, and for Medicare (Oz).
Meet with mortgage brokers to understand your borrowing capacity.
Visit your children's schools to ensure that they have settled in ok.
Identify a reliable plumber, electrician and mechanic in your area.
Consider re-writing your will.
Start to attend social functions or join a sports club.
Establish a routine and settle into your new life!