So here it is, you have read through all the information about Camposol and surrounding Spanish areas that we have provided, and after deliberation, you’ve decided moving to Spain is for you! Absolutely excellent news, and we can assure you it won’t be a decision you’re going to regret.
We’ve compiled a check-list of things you should do or at least consider before you move to Spain and when you are eventually in Spain. If like many of us, you’re rather forgetful and unorganised you can print out this page and stick it somewhere you will see it often, such as the fridge. Doing this will be a constant reminder you must get the essentials sorted, probably in advance so the whole situation seems a lot less rushed and stressful.
Before the move | In the UK:
- Find a location that is suitable for you and any other persons you are making the move with, maybe visit a few areas.
- Research what type of properties are available, the guide prices and figure out what you can comfortably afford.
- Make an informed decision on whether you want to buy or rent property, or rent with a view on eventually buying.
- Research information regarding local schools and health care establishments.
- Begin to learn the lingo, don’t limit yourself. It is particularly important to get your children learning the language.
- Ensure your passport, driving license and EHIC cards are not about to expire.
- Open a trading account.
- Save as much money as possible, preferably enough to live on for 6 months. It may be more difficult than expected to find a job.
- Consult with your bank to see if you will be allowed to keep your account open once you leave England, if not transfer to one that does. It may come in handy to have an English bank account – for example, if you’re renting out your property in England.
- Begin sorting your belongings in advanced. This WILL undoubtedly take longer than you think. Sell or give away anything you don’t want to take to Spain.
- Find a long term solution for any
- If you are taking a car with you, get it MOT’d and check if your insurance covers you driving in Spain.
- If you are taking a car, find out the process of legally importing it and remember to display tax, insurance and ownership documents.
- If you are moving to Spain before April, you may have a tax rebate to collect. Fill in a P85 form and send it to your nearest tax office.
- Obtain estimates from at least 3 different removals companies for packing, shipping and storage solutions.
- If packing equipment isn’t provided by your chosen removals company, buy boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newspaper, marker pens.
- Begin packing items you won’t need until after your move (ornaments etc) and check them off your inventory.
- Decide which international removals company is best for you, book a date and confirm a price.
- Arrange transport or kennels for pets, or keep them with friends for a few days while you sort out the house.
- If the removals company doesn’t include insurance, check to see if your house insurance covers items during the move.
- Consult with a financial advisor about banking and currency exchange in Spain and see if your bank provides Spanish service.
- Pack and mark clearly on the box any items you will need as soon as you arrive at your new home – kettle, mugs, tea, coffee, towel etc.
- Prepare meals to eat throughout the moving process.
- Make sure you have cash in your local currency and Spanish currency.
When you arrive | In Spain
- Firstly, make the removal men a cup of tea! …with the contents of that ‘urgent’ box you packed in the UK.
- Carefully examine all of your belongings upon their arrival and note any damages on the removal company paperwork.
- Don’t get in the way of the experts, but do oversee the unloading and unpacking and direct where they should be going.
- Before you use any appliances, read the gas, electric and water meters and take a note of the readings.
- Put away anything you may not want the removal men dealing with – clothes and the likes.
- Open a Spanish bank account.
- Register with the utility companies and pass on the readings from all the meters.
- If applicable, apply for state healthcare and register with a doctors and dentist. You can never be too safe!
- Insure your property, household contents and car.
- Take numerous photocopies of each document and neatly organise them into folders.
- Meet with an assesor, tax consultant or financial advisor to discuss your finances and the best solutions for you.
Now is the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new Spanish lifestyle.