As far as big steps go, moving house is up there with some of the most significant decisions that people will make throughout the course of their lifetime - it can be a long, drawn out process, and often comes with its fair share of financial stress.

Yet while searching the domestic property market and deciding on your perfect location can be a daunting task, choosing to up sticks altogether and move overseas is a completely different prospect, so it's important to get it spot on.

And alongside sorting out foreign mortgages, securing second home insurance and applying for the appropriate visas, one expert advises that you also have to take into account some of the more practical aspects when deciding what country you're going to live in.

"Make sure that you plan well ahead and begin to research job opportunities, local schools and areas to live before you move," says Kimberley Millhouse, senior move manager at Crown Relocations.

"Think about what you would need to setup if you were moving house in the UK - for example, utilities, phone lines, bank accounts, et cetera."

Considering these are most likely among the top priorities for any family thinking of moving house in the domestic market, it's vital that these factors do not get overlooked when we're thinking of leaving for sunnier climes.

Indeed, the excitement of moving overseas can sometimes lead us to forget the most important aspects that should play a role in where we eventually decide to live, so remembering to think of the future when leaving home shores needs to remain a key consideration.

Whether it's job opportunities, the proximity of local stores or the performance of nearby schools, there's a lot of research that needs to be done before living abroad, so make sure that you avoid the temptation to rush the process.