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If you are going to move to Spain, there are a whole lot of things that you need to know. You may have been to Spain many a time on holiday, but moving there is very different from a two week trip. At Movers International, we can help you with removal to Spain because we go there every week with regular runs, and we also have our own offices in Alicante and Malaga because so many people in the UK choose to retire there. We can move your entire home, or we can just move some items on one of our weekly runs. 
If you are going to move to Spain, there are a whole lot of things that you need to know. You may have been to Spain many a time on holiday, but moving there is very different from a two week trip. At Movers International, we can help you with removal to Spain because we go there every week with regular runs, and we also have our own offices in Alicante and Malaga because so many people in the UK choose to retire there. We can move your entire home, or we can just move some items on one of our weekly runs. 
 
Spain is a very large country, and the climate varies from one area to another. In the North it is much like the UK with mild winters and warm summers, but down in the South it can get pretty hot. 
 
One of the advantages of living in Spain is the cost of living. It is a lot less than in the UK. For instance, it is reckoned that the cost of living in Madrid is around 38% less than in London. Property is also priced reasonably, but as you would expect is more expensive in the cities than out in the countryside. Food is also reasonable, but utility costs can be quite high. 
 
If you don’t already speak Spanish, it is a good idea to take some lessons. You will certainly need to be able to speak the language if you want a job. You can get lessons at evening class, and you can also get a course online. Fortunately, Spanish is a fairly easy language to learn. 
 
Spain does have a national health service, but in order to be registered you have to have a job in Spain, or be paying into the public health scheme, or have lived in Spain for 5 years or more. If none of these apply you will need to buy private health insurance. 
 
You might want to obtain the services of a gestor. This is not a solicitor or accountant, but a clerk who can do some of this type of work. Most importantly, a gestor will liaise between you and all of the Spanish admin that you are going to have to deal with. The fees of a gestor are usually quite reasonable. 
 
If you want to buy or sell a property in Spain, open a bank account, buy a car, or work in Spain, you need to have an NIE number which is a tax ID issued by the police. So, this covers just about everybody in Spain, and indeed, the NIE is used as a general means of identification, even though it has no photo ID. 
 
In order to obtain your NIE number you need to take the following documents with you: 
 
• Your passport and a copy of all pages 
• Passport photos 
• Proof of legal entry into Spain 
• A complete EX-15 form; you can find this online along with English instructions but it must be completed in Spanish. 
• A supporting document stating why you need an NIE (plus a photocopy) 
 
If you are going to find work in Spain, you also need a work permit and visa since we are no longer in the EU. In order to apply for a job, you will need a UK criminal records certificate, a Spanish one, a certificate from the Spanish sex offenders’ registry, and a record of any employment history in Spain. 
 
When you are moving to Spain, we can handle all your removal to Spain including packing all of your belongings if you wish. Our expert packers will ensure that your goods get to your new home in one piece.. 
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