Helping You Build a Life Overseas

Settling In

Do you have questions about renovation, education, kids, transport, healthcare and more.  Within the 'Settling In' section we cover anything and everything to do with owning a property and/or living abroad.

 


Top 5 tips for buying a property/living abroad

When it comes to buying a property and living abroad, there are certain things which are more important to remember than others. Remember these tips and you will avoid many potential problems abroad. 1) Legal matters. No matter what your estate agent or anybody else tells you, always hire a solicitor. This applies in countries that work on a notary system too; the notary cannot offer legal advice and is there to check correct procedures are followed, while a solicitor will  More...


What property best suits you?

If you are thinking about buying property abroad, do you have a certain type of property that you are looking for? Or are you open to suggestions? Different people have different tastes, and of course, the property type you choose will be specific to your individual requirements. For example, if you are moving abroad for a year, or perhaps you will be living in the house for a short period of time each year, then a sprawling 5-bedroom luxury house might not be what you need. That said, if  More...


Some things can go wrong…how to avoid

Moving to a country with a slower pace of life, sun, sea, beaches, friendly people and a better quality of life is an idyllic dream for many, and for many every year that dream comes true. Sometimes however, things do go wrong. Things usually go wrong due to a lack of research, forward planning, or knowledge. Here are some of those things and tips on how you can avoid it happening to you. Removals: Too often, many people don’t realise the  More...


How surveys work abroad

Whilst you wouldn’t dream of buying a property in the UK without first having an extensive survey done; this is not the case in many foreign countries. In many places, the people tend to use a local builder to inspect a particular aspect of a property i.e. the roof. The builder can also give a written estimate of how much the repair work would cost, if any. Whilst this does work for most of the locals, as a foreigner buying a property, it can be a lot of hassle. You will need  More...


Making the most of your viewing trip

No matter which country you are planning on buying a property in, one thing is for certain; view before you buy! This is even more essential when buying in a foreign country, as you may not be aware of the area or certain legal proceedings that country operates. Plan a trip abroad specifically to view properties, and go prepared! It is really helpful to make lists of important qualities you want in a property, as well as what you don’t want. Then perhaps make a list of  More...


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