Watching those programs about expats moving to sunny destinations?
Are you panicked by the sheer logistical nightmare that following your dream to live in the sun could be? Relax, breathe and remember that every journey begins with a single step.
Your dream of moving abroad begins with opening one wardrobe. Keep it simple, so you don’t overwhelm yourself: Use a pair of boxes labelled “give” and “sell” if you’d like to make a bit of money on unneeded items. If you’ve no interest in selling on eBay, Preloved or other UK sites or car boots-fabulous! Donating is simpler.
Put every item through a 4-question test, asking yourself:
It’ll become easier to dismiss clothes and objects as you delve into areas of your home where you’ve stored items “just in case they’re needed”. Use online motivation, enlisting family and friends in your quest to purge yourself of everything you can do without.
Just a few benefits of having that proper clear out:
Removals to Spain
When you contact a removals company, they’ll give you an estimate of the total volume of the contents of your house. An average 3 seater sofa or double bed is about 60 cubic feet.
Most removals from the UK to Spain are transported by road, taking just over 2 days to get from London to Valencia. Barcelona and the Balearic Islands travel by road and ferry, costing slightly more. Removals to The Canary Islands go by sea, taking longer.
Standard Size Loads and Prices
Removals companies charge more if both residences don’t have good access for a large removal vehicle to park 25 metres from the front doors. Taking items up and down stairs and moving pianos or snooker tables costs more.
Rates for collecting and delivering, without packing or unpacking, from London to Valencia:
You’d need to pack your own things, providing a full inventory to the company. Adding packing costs about £10 a box. Removals rates vary by company, so compare quotes. Don’t be shy of negotiating because competition makes this a buyer’s market.
Save by taking a smaller volume with a groupage service. You’re sharing a vehicle with other loads that’ll be delivered once the vehicle is filled, so it takes longer, and costs less.
What’s Essential to Bring to Spain?
Removals companies can bring your pets, using a professional pet transport firm, adding their fees. Each of your dogs, cats or ferrets needs a PETS passport. Apply at least 22 days before they can travel.
Spanish furniture is slightly smaller than UK sizes. Beds are shorter, as are chairs, settees and loos. You can’t do much about the loos, but if you’re tall or full-sized, or your knees are tricky, expats suggest you bring your beds, linens and favourite comfy chair.