People move to the US from the UK all the time. Whether to start a new life, take up a new job, or stay close to family, it can be a life-changing move.
Though both are developed countries with excellent amenities and public utilities, the US has slightly better weather. The US also offers more space (square feet) per dollar for those looking to buy property, perhaps for retirement.
Why Move to California?
If you’re thinking about migrating too, California on the west coast would be an excellent destination. Here’s why;
- Large economy: The state of California, by itself, is the fifth largest economy in the world. At $2.75 trillion, it’s even bigger than the entire UK economy ($2.6 trillion).
- Jobs, jobs, jobs: California rarely experiences a shortage of jobs. Being home to some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, Apple, and Facebook, there’s always work if you need it. The hotel and tourism industries are also buzzing in California.
- Live on the beach: Although the UK has beaches too, the sunny weather makes California’s beaches a lot more enticing. The southern California (SoCal) area is particularly very attractive.
- Diverse culture: California is a melting pot of diverse cultures, and that’s reflected in the diverse foods, cultural events, and rich music scene.
How Much Does It Cost to Move from the UK to California?
You should expect to pay around $8,500 to $13,000 (equivalent to about £6,000 to £9,000). However, the exact price will vary depending on where exactly you’re moving from and where you’ve chosen to live within the wider California.
The cost will also vary depending on the volume of your items. Moving to Los Angeles costs about $2,800 to $5,000 for a one bedroom house and up to $13,000 for a 4-bedroom house. Whichever the case, expect the move to take at least seven weeks.
What Do You Need to Move?
Since moving to California from the UK is essentially immigration, you’ll need a couple of things. For instance, you need a visa. You’ll also need to arrange for packing and storage. If you’re bringing the car along, you also need to arrange for car shipping. Fortunately, most long distance movers can arrange car shipping on your behalf. You don’t have to worry about driving in the US, though, as the UK driving license is valid in the US for up to three months.
Two other things to keep in mind are social security and health insurance. Everyone moving from the UK to the US needs a Social Security Number (SSN). It serves as proof of residency and is mandatory for employment.
The issue of health insurance is critical because whereas the UK has the trusted public NHS system, Americans need to purchase health insurance privately – unless your employers providers the same.
Find a Great Mover
Once you’re ready to move, you need to find the best international mover. We always stress two things; licensing and insurance.
- Is the mover licensed?
All the best national movers in the US are licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You can check the FMCSA website to verify whether the mover you’re considering is licensed.
- Are they insured?
Although most movers take a lot of caution to ensure the safety of all your items, sometimes damages happen and items are lost – and this is when insurance becomes invaluable. An insured mover will replace broken or lost items without much fuss.