Moving to Spain? Moving Abroad Means Extra Preparation

(This is a guest post from our friends at Moving To, sharing information if you’re planning a move abroad. Enjoy!)

With it’s great weather, vibrant culture and relaxed way of life, Spain has always been an extremely popular destination. This country of 47 million inhabitants has a variety of major cities and cultures within the country itself – from the Basque country and Catalonia to its major cities like Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia and its popular coastlines like the Costa Del Sol and the Costa Brava. Spain continues to attract thousands to its cities and shores not only to visit but to live.

If you’re moving to Spain, then you need to make sure you don’t forget anything in the build up to your removal day. There’s so much to do, and this can be very stressful. Moving home can be especially stressful if you’re moving abroad. You’re not just settling into your new house, but you’re also adapting to the culture of a new country. On top of that, there’s so many practical issues you need to get sorted and not just regarding your house.

For instance, be sure that everything which needs to be done regarding your car documentation is in place. You should also be aware you can’t register your new Spanish address on your license, so it’s advisable to change your license to a Spanish one. To do this you will need to contact the local traffic headquarters of the area you’re moving to in Spain. This is often located within the local police station.

It may also be a long journey to Spain if you’re driving down and you’ll need to stock up on plenty of liquids, foods and other refreshments. However you’re getting there, it’s often best to buy these within the country you’re travelling in. Different countries have different rules about what can be allowed to be taken into the country and in addition, inspection of them by officials can be time consuming.

Packing is especially important when you’re moving abroad. Take as much care as you can because with such a long journey ahead of you, items have more chance to be damaged or lost. Many removal firms have packing services and it can be a wise move to use this service when moving to Spain.

Likewise, if you can, try and make an inventory of everything you’re taking to Spain. All this should be done in the weeks leading up to your house move. It may be a busy, not to say stressful time but the more you can accomplish in those six weeks or so leading up to your removal day, the more you will appreciate it once you’re in Spain.

Remember as well that the less you can take, the better. It may be tempting to take every book you have for instance and you may wish to do so but these are just some of the items which can take up a lot of space. You have a variety of options nowadays for those belongings you’re not wanting to take. Storage space for example is widely available and even for the short-term can be an excellent idea for those items you’re not quite sure what you’re doing with.

There will be many other things which specifically may need to be done when you’re moving abroad. The more prepared and organised you are, the more you can relax during your journey and after your journey. Doing this will also mean your new life is Spain will get off to the best possible start.