Try to find out as much as possible about the country you plan to live in, so you can be sure the culture and lifestyle will suit you.
Before committing to an area, consider renting a property first. This will help you see what daily life is like at different times of the year.
If you decide to go ahead and buy a property, make sure you speak to an independent legal advisor and understand local inheritance laws.
Before buying a property abroad, consider the following:
- Will you need to learn a new language?
- Are there local amenities within easy walking distance?
- Are there good public transport links nearby?
- Will you have any neighbours? They are often a vital source of support.
- Will the property be easy to maintain or adapt should your needs and abilities change over the years?
- Do properties in the area sell quickly and easily?
- Will you be able to travel back easily to see friends or family if you want to?
- Will you have to apply for a local driving licence or re-take your driving test?
- If you have any pets, will you be able to take them with you?
You can retain your right to vote in general and EU elections for 15 years after leaving the UK. This may give you the opportunity to influence the level of support and services offered to UK nationals abroad. The Electoral Commission has more information.