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Here are some top tips if you have decided to relocate to Spain. Don't be in a rush to choose your removal company. Take your time. Look through classified ads and browse the internet. Read customer reviews then draw up a shortlist of companies to call. Explain what you need and ask for an idea of how much it will cost. 

Many relocation companies will be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote. 

Among the factors that will contribute to this estimate are:

  • The pickup address where removers will pack and load your belongings.
  • The volume of your possessions (how much space they will take up).
  • The type of transport needed, i.e., air, train, truck and ship.
  • Insurance covering your items during transit.

Catalogue your belongings

Assess what items you want to bring to Spain. Make an exhaustive inventory of your belongings to establish a 'declaration of value'. This important document sets the compensation amount you could receive in case of loss or damage.

Insuring against potential damage

It is vital you have international removers insurance to cover any damage your items could face. Some carriers will offer policies, some won't. If they don’t, shop around.

Sign the waybill

You must sign the waybill before loading and after delivery of your belongings. This document specifies the terms and conditions of the contract with the removal company, the mode of transportation, the volume or weight of your goods and the name and address of both the customer and the carrier. By signing the waybill, you definitely agree to these terms and conditions and permit the removal company to go ahead!

 Important:

In general, relocation carriers will handle all the paperwork, such as customs forms. For peace of mind, choose a carrier affiliated with the FIDI (International Federation of International Movers). 

 Good to know:

For more information about relocation, such as customs regulations and prohibited items, contact the Spanish embassy in your home country. Your removal and relocation carrier should also be able to answer your queries.

What can you leave behind?

Moving home is always a good excuse for a clear out. Sell or give to charity items that you are not going to need. Consider leaving electrical appliances such as televisions, toasters and washing machines which may already be in your new home. This will save space when you're moving your belongings abroad. You can also go on a shopping spree for new items once you are in Spain.

 Good to know:

If you want to buy furniture, appliances and other items for your home in Spain, you'll be spoilt for choice for shops, department stores and websites. For example, IKEA, Amazon, Carrefour and El Corte Ingles. Consider Wallapop and Milanucious for second-hand items.

 Useful links:

FEDEMAC - Federation of European Movers
FIDI - International Federation of International Removers
Milanuncios
Wallapop

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