Moving to southern Spain to live can be a stressful time, but there are many helpful removals firms and self-contained storage companies on the Costa del Sol who can ensure everything runs smoothly.
Many new residents to the Costa del Sol decide to rent a property for six months before deciding on a permanent move, to give themselves time to find the right property in the right location before buying. This is a sensible option, and also gives jobseekers the chance to check out the local employment situation whilst house hunting.
Eye on Spain is one of the best websites to seek help about all aspects of moving to Spain, including health care, getting a Spanish National Insurance Number (NIE), and finding the best legal advice. You can post on the forum and receive invaluable advice from people who have moved to Spain and know the pitfalls.
Make contact with a good lawyer before coming to Spain, who can advise you on all legal matters including setting up a business, the best way to transfer money to and from the UK, bank accounts, taxation and most importantly, the most secure way to buy property.
If you are using an estate agent, then it is always advisable to employ an independent lawyer to safeguard your interests.
Many of the local newspapers, including the Sur in English, are also available online, and useful articles are published regularly giving advice on taxation and legal issues, plus situations vacant in the area where you will be residing – it is advisable to look through these before even leaving the UK to give yourself a good idea of the Andalucian way of life and what it holds in store for you.
Schools are many and varied in Andalucia, and whether you choose to send your children to a state run Spanish school or a British School, most of these can be found on the COBISEC (Council of British International Schools) website and on the NABSS (National Association of British Schools in Spain) website. Information about state schools can be obtained from local town halls.
Ensure that you use a reputable removals company when transporting your goods from the UK. It is also important to use a trustworthy storage company on the Costa del Sol to receive your goods, especially if they are scheduled to arrive before your moving-in date.