Moving from the UK to the USA: The Practical Considerations

Making the move to the USA is incredibly exciting: you and your family are likely buzzing with anticipation – I know we were! There is a lot to look forward to in your new, destination home: people to meet, local amenities to explore, and communities to engage with.

One of the things to remember, however, is that there are a whole host of practical concerns that accompany a decision as big as this. Take care of these, and you free yourself up to embrace and enjoy your new home and its environs.

With that in mind, here are some of the practical considerations when you’re making the move from the UK to the USA.

Finding a home

This may seem ridiculously obvious, but finding the right home can take time and you need the right agent working on your behalf. Once we made the decision to move, I made sure to contact an agent who knew the local area and who would work tirelessly for me. In fact, this was such an important part of the whole process that I pledged to provide the same quality of service to others making the big move across the pond.

Store or ship?

We got some mixed advice on this one, but I am confident we ultimately made the right decision. Some people encouraged us to ship our belongings gradually, taking the vital things initially and then seeing what we would actually need from the remainder. I wanted to get everything done in one swoop as shipping is not cheap but doing so in bulk is cheaper than smaller quantities in over a few shipments. We basically loaded everything into a large shipping container and that was that. Within a few weeks we had our belongings in our new home, which helped bring some familiarity to the new surroundings, especially for the kids – I stand by our decision!

Health Insurance

Let’s be honest, Health Insurance will be a bit of a shock to the system for anyone relocating from the UK! We went from simple, affordable coverage, to hefty monthly bills in addition to out-of-pocket charges for care. It still confuses me that I pay a monthly charge and still have to pay when someone in the family needs medical attention! But, the system is here to stay, and should be factored in as an additional expense to monthly budgets. Make sure you do your research and find out what you and your family will need when you move. I can help with recommendations here in the Boca Raton area, and the national healthcare website is a good place to get more information about plans and what they will cost.

Bringing your pet(s)

Pets are members of the family – so you’ll need to plan their trip too! This process can be complicated, and there are horror stories about beloved pets being kept in quarantine in certain countries. Not here though! When we travelled, our dog walked off the plane with us and out into the fresh Florida air. There are a host of options for making your pets flight more comfortable – for example, we had our dog’s crate sprayed with a hormone to induce relaxation during the flight, which certainly helped (although I still can’t say he enjoyed the trip!). As long as you do your research and are prepared for the processes and procedures, you will be fine, as will your pet! Again, please reach out for first-hand advice if it helps.

That should be enough to get you started!

As I mentioned before, I have been through this process and I’m happy to answer any and all questions you have! Get in touch if you’d like to chat.

Take care and best of luck!

Paul Ross
Property Matters