Relocating to an overseas country involves a lot or determination and focus as well as a lot of drive in order to get all of the planning involved in the move taken care of as well as going through with the actual move. Everything needs to be considered and thought through to ensure that the move goes according to plan.
Have you considered your residency in Spain? Where you will work? As well as where your bank account will be and how you will pay for aspects such as tax and insurance? It is highly important that you don't leave things to the last minute and that you plan through every part of your move to make sure that everything goes according to plan.
Below is a list of examples of some of the things that you should ensure that you do before your move to Spain:
• Take a basic Spanish course; learning the national language is essential if you are going to be living in the country, you can't just rely on English
• If possible find a job before moving to Spain, you will then have peace of mind that you have a steady income to make sure you can support your family
• Renew your driving license/passport if they are due to expire soon
• Move for the right reasons, hot weather may be a major attraction but don't move for this alone
• Be prepared for a slower lifestyle
• Purchase boxes and bubble wrap for when you are packing your belongings
• Put labels on each box that list the contents of the box
• Make sure you have a sufficient amount of cash on you when you arrive in Spain
• Notify your bank etc of your new contact details
• Check your passport and travel documents before you head out
The above are just a small handful of the things that you need to do when it comes to moving to Spain. One other consideration that you should do when it comes to moving to Spain is taking out travel insurance. This is money well spent as it covers all of your household goods and personal effects, including your motor vehicle. If you have travel insurance and your luggage vanishes or your car is stolen with all of your belongings inside you would be covered for it.
One other aspect that many people don't think about is forms that you may need in the future. When you really think about it in Spain there won't be forms available for you to renew your passport; because of this you may want to make a trip to your local post office and collect several forms that are used to renew your passport or to replace it if you lose it. You also need to make sure that before you move to Spain you have a full ten year British Passport that you should make several photocopies of, one of which should be kept in a safe place.
If you are struggling with your move to Spain you should get in touch with a professional advisor or talk to your moving company as they will help you in anyway that they can.
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