Tips for a Stress-Free Move to Spain
October 31, 2012 2 Comments
Guest post by Jennifer D’Angelo.
Moving to Spain can be both an exciting and a daunting experience. Heading to a new country is never easy, but there are some ways to make this move as stress-free as possible. You need to know what needs to be done and when, as well as what to expect as you are getting things done.
Getting the First Things Done
If you are coming from the US, you will need a Visa. These are not granted overnight, so it is important that you get started earlier gathering the paperwork and documents that you will need to get your Visa. It is important to start early, be patient and make sure that you have all of the paperwork and documents together before submitting your application.
Getting a Place to Live
You want to get a place to live before you head to Spain. Call and email local realtors and talk to them about what you want and which neighborhoods would be best for you. You want to make sure that once you arrive that you like the place you will be living.
The majority of rental properties in Spain are fully furnished. This means that you will not need to worry about shipping big pieces of furniture or rushing around to find new furniture. Talk to the landlord and real estate agent about what the apartment comes with so that you can plan. You will still need your personal items and decorative items to get to your new place. You can choose to have these items shipped. This can be a bit pricey, but it is a convenient way to get boxes full of stuff to your new place without having to do all of the lugging yourself. Of course, you can choose to carry your items with you via whichever travel method that you choose, but this can be pricey too, especially if you are flying and have to check multiple bags.
Think about the smaller things that come with choosing a new home too. For example, do you have pets that you want to bring with you? Some rental properties may not allow pets, so you will want to ask about this, as well as any additional costs associated with bringing a pet along.
What You Bring Matters
Things like electronics may or may not be included with your new home. Most electronics will work in Spain, but things like televisions may not get the channels that you need. Ask your realtor if televisions will be part of the included furnishings.
Before getting to Spain, take to the Internet and research the neighborhood that you chose. Get to know where things like the grocery store, restaurants, medical clinics and other important places are and how far they are from your new abode.
How Will You Get There?
Many people will choose to fly, of course. If you are having most of your items shipped, flying is probably the best choice. You will get there in a day or less and can meet the rest of your stuff. Some will also choose to head to the UK and then take a ferry to Calais or Santander and then drive to Spain. These are not short drives and you will want to drive through Spain during the day since it is new to you and night lighting is not the best. If you choose to drive, make sure you have your passport, driver’s license, insurance proof and all other important documents that show who you are.
About the Author: Jennifer D’Angelo is a real estate professional in the United States who has spent time living and working in Spain. Click here for more information about Jen’s work.