If you have decided to relocate in Spain, take enough time to choose your removal company. This is an important step not to be taken lightly. Set up an appointment with a relocation counsellor for an in-house estimate. It is advisable to make a list of all the objects that require special care (glass, mirror, piece of art, special packaging etc.) and to specify to the mover what you will do yourself (dismantling furniture, packing dishes etc.) To find a carrier or a mover, use the Internet, consult the yellow pages or get a free quote and find your mover in Spain now.
Regarding the estimate, several key points are to be considered such as:
• original address – where removers will pack and load your belongings
• destination address in Spain – where removers will unload your belongings
• the volume or weight of your stuff
• the types of transportation (by air, train, truck, ship)
• the nature of the services – terms and conditions – insurance damage
• the prices and payment plans
Usually, removal companies unload your belongings directly to the destination address. However, some removal companies unload your belongings in warehouses and you have to pick them up yourself afterwards, implying additional costs. Check your moving contract carefully!
Cataloguing your belongings
Make an exhaustive inventory of your belongings so as to establish a “declaration of value”. The declaration of value is an important document that sets the compensation amount you could receive in case of loss or damage of your belongings.
Complete the declaration of value yourself by stating the overall value of your property and the value of certain particular precious items. Read the terms and conditions of your contract carefully in order to find out more about transportation and handling of fragile objects. This statement is particularly important because without it, an estimate cannot be established, which will obviously affect your relocation and your organization.
Insuring against potential damage
Accordingly, an damage insurance will be proposed by the carrier. This insurance automatically covers non-predictable damage associated with the transportation of your belongings up to the value indicated in the declaration of value. The cost for the insurance depends on the overall value of your belongings. The removal company must issue a certificate of insurance in any case.
Finally, you must sign the “waybill” before loading and after delivery of your belongings. The waybill is a document that specifies the terms and conditions of the contract, the mode of transportation, the volume or weight carried by the removal company, the name and address of both the customer and the carrier. By signing the waybill, you definitely agree to these terms and conditions and give permission to the removal company to go ahead!
Regarding removal payment plans, a deposit is usually to be paid before loading and the balance must be paid upon delivery. A payment plan must be arranged with the removal company in any case.
In general, carriers handle custom paperwork for you (customs clearance etc.) For more security, opt for a carrier affiliated with the FIDI (International Federation of International Movers).
Good to know:
Contact the Spanish embassy or consulate for more information about: relocation in the country, customs, prohibited items etc.. Feel free to enquire with your movers as well, especially if they have already performed relocations to Spain in the past.
What can you leave behind?
Consider selling a few things in your home country before moving. You can then buy these once you have relocated in Spain. Take the time to look into items that might be available at your destination. This will help you make some space and avoid carrying too much weight. Note that you can find most products that are available elsewhere in Europe in Spain as well, be it electrical and electronic appliances, baby accessories, etc..
Good to know:
You’ll find IKEA, Fnac, Media Markt, Carrefour and of course Amazon in Spain to buy furniture and kitchen appliances and you can always look on Wallapop or milanuncios for new and second items