A Place in the Sun California
It’s almost everyone’s dream to find a place in the sun California and for many people this is the ideal place to relocate. If you are considering a move to California, it is essential to do your research so that you can avoid any costly issues.
Before you go ahead and make the move, you should make sure that you have:
• Researched your destination, and the local customs and laws
• Obtained independent legal advice
• Researched the tax regulations
• Made plans for your health cover
Once you have taken the decision to relocate to California, you will undoubtedly need to enlist the services of an international moving company to ship your goods overseas and to help manage your move. White & Company can provide a top- quality and efficient removal service to any international destination and as founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI; you can rest assured your move will be in safe hands.
White & Company is the proud winner of the 2016 British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition, reinforcing the high level of service they provide to all their customers.
Founded in 1871, they are one of the UK’s largest international moving companies:
White & Company Removals Storage & Shipping
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A Place in the Sun California – About California
Moving to California is a thrilling opportunity, but also one that requires dedication, plenty of organisation and time to research what is available. Thinking life will be one long holiday is a usual mistake. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the physical, psychological and financial factors of moving.
California stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. Its cities include Los Angeles, the centre of the Hollywood entertainment industry, and San Francisco, home to the Golden Gate Bridge. California’s diverse geography ranges from the Sierra Nevada in the east to the Pacific Coast in the west, from the redwood–Douglas forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert in the southeast.
The city of Los Angeles has a reputation for golden beaches, trendy nightlife, a relaxed lifestyle and beautiful people. Unfortunately this all comes at a price and by contrast there are large ghettos with high crime rates and underfunding in local schools. LA city has a very mixed business sector, reflected in every area of the American economy as well as in overseas markets. Work is more relaxed than you would expect to find along the east coast although job opportunities are still very competitive
A Place in the Sun California – Buying a Property in California
As a general guide you will find property prices in California are influenced by location and demand. Your choice of location will be influenced by your place of work. Local agents will be the best place to start. The process of buying any type of property or land in California is strictly regulated. The services of certain professionals are required for the process. The local estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer will be responsible for when they become the owner.
You can expect to pay $2300 per square metre for an apartment in a city suburb. A similar property on the outskirts of a city would cost $1600 per square metre.
Here is a list of real estate agents, which may prove helpful in your search for a property:
A Place in the Sun California – Education and Schools in California
Education standards in California are extremely high and the state has a good selection of schooling options:
International School of Monterey http://www.ismonterey.org/
GAIS: The German-American International School http://www.gais.org/
Woodside International School https://wissf.org/
International School of Los Angeles / Lycée International http://www.internationalschool.la/
A Place in the Sun California – Travel in California
Most people will want to own a car in California. Car prices are less than in the UK and the price of petrol is also cheaper; although bear in mind that you will probably end up driving a lot further!
Public transport around California’s larger cities and communities is easy and you will have plenty of choice. Do what an increasing number of locals do and hitch a ride on a bus, subway, ferry, or light rail system. Travelling in this way can be an efficient, affordable, safe, and an eco-friendly option, particularly in areas where traffic is heavy and parking difficult. Many transport systems let you buy multi-day passes; check ticket options online for the best deals.
You can also uses buses to take longer trips around the state. The Greyhound bus is the nation’s primary long-distance transport company and offers routes linking all the large cities with more rural destinations.
If you are moving away from the UK and looking at moving overseas.
White and Company are also proud winners of the British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition 2016.
Foreign Currency Exchange
When moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White and Company has an exclusive arrangement with The FX Firm (foreign exchange company). Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account. White and Company/foreign-exchange
Whether you need to arrange monthly payments to service an overseas mortgage, or wish to protect yourself against exchange rate fluctuations and fix the rate for up to a year, we will be able to suggest the most suitable way to do so. Open your free, no obligation account in as long as it takes to stop for a coffee.
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