Spain is one of the most popular countries that British expats move to, often because they have been there for their summer holidays for years and they love the weather and the laid-back way of life. Having said that, the weather in Spain can vary considerably. Down south on the Mediterranean it is hot in the summer, warm in the winter, and the sun shines for 320 days a year. Central Spain tends to have extremes of hot and cold, while in the Pyrenees, of course, you can go skiing, as you can on the Sierra Nevada. 
One of the advantages of living in Spain is the cost of living. If you live in London and move to the capital of Spain, you will find that you are saving around 40% of the money that you needed to live here. That is a big reason for many people to move to Spain. Buying a home is also reasonably priced in many areas, although as you might expect, property in the main cities and popular tourist areas is more expensive than elsewhere. 
 
However, one thing to note is that utility costs are quite high, and this is especially true if you need bottled gas. Food prices are also reasonable, away from the main tourist hubs and cities. 
 
If you are thinking of moving to Spain, an important thing to do is to learn the language. Although many Spaniards speak English, and of course there are many expats from Britain living there already, you will really be able to get on much better if you speak at least basic Spanish. If you are getting a job in Spain, then it is essential to speak the language. You can either go to evening classes, or if you don’t have time to do that you can take a course online. 
 
As we are no longer a member of the EU, the rules for moving to Spain have changed. There is a lot of admin to deal with when you first arrive, and a useful tip is to get a gestor. This is a clerk who is not a qualified solicitor or accountant, but who has experience and good contacts. For the relatively low fees involved, a gestor will help you with all of the paperwork that is involved. 
 
If you want to buy a property, you will need a solicitor with a good command of English and who specialises in conveyancing, because their land law is very different from the UK. When you buy a property, you have to create a will to cover disposal of assets when you die, and you are also responsible for any debts associated with the property that are left by the previous owner. 
 
When it comes to shipping your belongings, at Movers International we have got you covered, as one of the foremost removal companies to Spain. We move so many people to Spain that we have two depots there of our own in Malaga and Alicante. We also do regular runs there every week, so if you only have a small number of items to move, they can go as a part load on one of these trips which will save you money on your move. 
 
You can, of course, talk to us about customs documentation and the rules with which you have to comply, because as one of the major UK removal companies to Spain we keep up to date with any changes in the regulations. Our intention is always to get you and your goods and chattels to Spain in a totally stress-free manner. 
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