With an amazing climate, friendly faces, beautiful food and stunning scenery, Spain is a very popular choice for many people looking to move abroad. However, when moving day comes, making the leap to a new life from the UK can be a daunting prospect. And yet, the idea of migrating to a warmer climate and escaping the British winter has never been more appealing for people of all ages and demographics.
Before you relocate to Spain, it is important that you take time to consider what items and belongings you wish to take with you, and how you will move them.
Removal companies are your best option with regards to this. Professional movers will package and transport your personal belongings safely to Spain. Reputable businesses also have insurance to protect your belongings. There are a wide range of moving firms available to work with, who offer removals to Spain part loads. These companies can transport all your belongings in one go, or they make can several trips depending on your needs.
The most important thing to consider when selecting movers for international relocation, is your level of liability and the reputation of the international moving company. Ideally, the firm in question will offer some form of guarantee for the safe transport of your goods. And, they should have a policy in place to ensure all goods are packaged properly.
Good communication is also important. Many people move to Spain and leave their possessions with the moving firm. This shows a great deal of trust. If this would work for you, then the moving firm should communicate with you properly. They should always answer the phone and be ready to provide updates should you request them. This way, you will be able to enjoy Spain without worrying about moving.
The moving firm you choose should provide a service to all the main Spanish towns and cities, with permanent staff and depots based in Spain. Goods should also be returnable to Britain using either returning vehicles, or they can be stored at the depots in either Spain or the UK until they are ready to be collected. A weekly service to and from Spain with English speaking staff, as well as secure storage in Alicante and Malaga, would be a bonus for anybody looking to relocate to Spain full-time.
In terms of their fleet, smaller vans should be available for the jobs that are difficult to get to, and pre-agreed collections for deliveries on specific dates should be made. For difficult cargo, it might also be beneficial to work with a relocation firm who can offer a part loads service, where items are dispatched separately.
Good advice for relocating to Spain
When moving to an area where there are few English speakers, or English is not the mother tongue, it is advantageous to learn the language, or at least the phrases needed for everyday life. Learning good manners will help to bridge the cultural gap with the locals and putting in the time and effort will really help to get the best from a new life and become fully immersed into Spanish society. In terms of renting or buying a property, Spain follows similar rules to Britain, the only difference being that the Euro (EUR, E) is the currency. Typically, a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre will cost around 500 a month, and a three-bedroom suburban house will cost around 615.
Switching to a Spanish way of life will take a little time. There are different routines in Spain, which revolve around the amazing weather. Spanish summertime can be relentless, and most businesses trade from 10:00am until 2:00pm, when people will traditionally take a nap, known as a 'siesta'. Shops and services then reopen around 5:00pm and continue to trade until 9:00pm. In non-tourist areas, it is difficult to be seated in restaurants before 8:30pm. Customers prefer to eat when the temperatures are cooler in the evening, rather than during the day when it is hot.