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Moving to Spain … an Expat Guide

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Becoming an expat and moving to Spain is a thrilling adventure – Click for Map Guide

There is nothing more exciting than taking the plunge and deciding to become an expat. It really is an exhilarating adventure, and there aren’t many experiences in life that effect you in quite the same, glorious way that emigrating does.

Once you commit to moving to another country, there’s no looking back. As daunting as this may sound, the reality couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Becoming an expat isn’t going to be as difficult and as scary as you think it is, and we here at Indalo Transport can say that with some authority because we’re a team of expats ourselves.

We know exactly what you’re feeling, and what you’re about to go through, so you’ll be relieved to hear that there’s only fun, opportunity, and excitement ahead.

As you start making preparations for your removal from the UK to Spain, don’t panic! We’re here to help you keep calm, so that you can carry on.

We’ll help sort out all the things you need to do to keep your epic, logistical challenge right on track.

Whether you choose to use our removals service or not, we’ll be here, always on hand to answer any of your queries about becoming an expat. And to start things off, why not check out our handy infographic?

It’ll tell you all the important things you need to know as an expat moving to Spain, plus we’ve thrown a few tips in at the end for good measure.

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So you’re thinking of moving to Spain

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What will my new life be like in Spain?

It’s going to be fantastic!

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Garrucha – Almeria

Spain is an absolutely beautiful country. It has tranquil, old-fashioned villages which are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and panoramic views.

It has awe-inspiring coastal towns, with exquisite beaches, and it has modern cities which are bustling and trendy.

No matter where you go in Spain, you’ll find that the place just oozes with history, tradition, art and fashion, and that the country as a whole has been infused with the very best bits from a variety of exuberant peoples and lavish cultures.

Family, religion and a laid-back attitude seem to be the most important things in Spain. You’ll find that nobody likes to rush.

Most places have a siesta in the afternoon, pretty much everything is closed on a Sunday, and banks close for the day at 2pm just after lunch.

You’ll also find that everyone seems to do pretty much everything as a family, and everyone actively keeps up old traditions, not just for posterity, but for the sheer fun and enjoyment of the celebration.

And the Spanish, they love fun! They love any reason to party, and each village, town and city has their own unique way of celebrating, with their favourite, time-honoured local fiestas.

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Puerto Banus

People fall in love with Spain because it has the perfect combination of warm weather, undemanding days and exciting nights.

It’s a bright, colourful country, and the Spanish are a very vibrant and passionate people.

This passion is quite infectious, and we think that you’ll fall in love with Spain in no time, and that you’ll be proud to call it your home.

Indalo Transport’s Top 4 things you need to do to prepare for your move to Spain

1. Decide on which region you’d like to live in

Spain is a huge country, it has over 15 different regions and they couldn’t be more disparate from each other. That’s why it’s a good idea to sit down and have a long, hard think about what type of an area you’d like to settle down in.

Are you looking for somewhere peaceful near the beach, or does the sound of living in a bustling, ‘big city’ appeal to you?

Do you want to be surrounded by other expats and tourists, or do you want to go off the beaten track a bit?

There are a lot of questions you can ask yourself in order to find out where your heart truly desires to live, so it’s well worth donning your deer stalker and pipe, and investigating each and every region.

We have an article all about the Spanish regions, and it may help you whittle down your choices of where you want to move to.

2. Book your removals to Spain from the UK

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And there’s lots more to go!

When you have a moving date, and you’ve gone through all your belongings and worked out what it is you’d like to take with you to Spain, contact several removals companies for quotes.

After you’ve got your quotes, do a little background research into the firms you’ve contacted and check out their customer reviews to see if they’re really as good as they say they are.

Check to see if the company is fully insured and are members of any professional associations.

Find out whether they offer a packing service or can provide you with advice and guidance on becoming an expat.

Once you’ve taken into consideration all these things, book with your chosen removals team as soon as possible, to make sure they’re still available to help you move.

Whilst you’re here, why not have a look at the services we offer, and our glowing customer reviews. Maybe we’ll be your first choice of getting your things safely to Spain from the UK.

3. Make sure you and your pet have all their documents

As Britain is a member of the EU, you and your family don’t have to worry about filling in copious amounts of customs paperwork, or having to obtain a work permit or visa. You can enjoy living and working in Spain for up to three months without having to apply for residency.

All you need to hand is your passport, and if you have one, your driving licence.

If you have pets, there are a few things you need to do in order to make their journey, as well as yours, as smooth as possible.

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Sorry Mr Dog, a dog licence isn’t the same as a driving licence!

  • Get your pet microchipped.
  • After your pet has been chipped, book them in as soon as possible for a rabies vaccination. The reason why you need to do this asap is because you must wait 21 days after it has been done before moving abroad.
  • Some vets only give one course of vaccinations, but some advice to give two courses, therefore, the sooner it’s done, the sooner you can move.
  • Ask your vet for a Pet Passport. Just like our passports, this is a little book, complete with photo page to help people identify your pet. It is also a handy record of when your pet will need to get revaccinated for rabies.

Luckily, Spain doesn’t have a list of banned pet breeds that aren’t allowed to enter the country.

However, dog breeds which demonstrate certain ‘dangerous’ characteristics, like the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler or Akita, or breeds which weigh over 10 kg, must be registered within three months of being in Madrid.

Vets are not permitted to administer any vaccinations to any new dog listed as a dangerous dog breed without a stamped letter of registration from the local Town Hall.

If you are travelling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above and have endorsement from the government agency that regulates the import and export of animals. You will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system.

4. Research.

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You might want to start learning about Spain before you actually get there!

If you haven’t already got a place to move to, now is the time to start perusing the internet for your new home.

If you don’t have a job to go to, and you need to work, now is the time to start looking for jobs.

If you’ve got the time, now would be a good time to start learning a few simple Spanish phrases and words.

Now sit back, relax and start planning your wonderful, new life!

 

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Moving to France … an Expat Guide

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A new dawn, a new country – Click for Map Guide

So, you’re moving to France. Congratulations on deciding to become an expat, what an absolutely amazing decision! It’s one that you won’t ever regret. Emigrating is one of the few life-changing experiences that can genuinely change your life for the better. If you need help with the removal to France, click here for a free quote from us.

As you set off on your adventure, there’ll be a lot for you to do, and a lot for you to think about, after all, moving to another country is in a whole different league to moving somewhere within the UK. But don’t start thinking that you have to tackle any potential issues on your own.

Many of the team here at Indalo Transport are expats, and our personal experiences of relocation mean that “we know what it’s like”, we know exactly what you’re going through. If you need any help getting to grips with becoming an expat, or if you have any questions about removals from the UK to France, we’re always here for you, at the end of the phone or by email.

To help ease any anxieties that you may have about the start of your epic adventure, here’s Indalo Transport’s handy little infographic which tells you all the important things you need to know as an expat, as well as a few tips which you may find useful in preparing for your upcoming removal to France from the UK.

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So what will my new life be like in France?

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Not to be confused with Blackpool Tower

In short, absolutely amazing!

France is an enchanting melting pot of different cultures, and it ticks all the boxes for healthcare, culture and climate. People fall in love with France’s grand, bon-vivant lifestyle and no doubt you will too.

Its cities, whilst hectic, are cosmopolitan, and their people very fashionable. There is beautiful architecture to behold everywhere you look, there’s history in every nook and cranny, and no matter how long you live there, France always manages to find ways to keep surprising you.

It’s safe to say that the French appreciate a trendy and opulent lifestyle, but who could blame them with the cornucopia of culture, arts and fashion available to them? And whilst the French do enjoy living the high-life, the things they love more than anything else are being able to spend time with family and friends, savouring rich and delicious foods, whilst drinking superb, local wines.

Ahh, bliss. Really, what more could you want from your new life abroad?

Indalo Transport’s Top 3 things you need to do to prepare for your move to France

1. Book your removal to France from the UK

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This packing malarky might not take much time …

When you have a moving date, and you’ve gone through all your belongings and worked out what it is you’d like to take with you to France, contact several removals companies for quotes.

After you’ve got your quotes, do a little background research into the firms you’ve contacted, check out their customer reviews to see if they’re really as good as they say they are. Check to see if the company is fully insured and have a look in to whether they offer a packing service or can provide you with advice and guidance on becoming an expat.

Once you’ve taken into consideration all these things, book with your chosen removals team as soon as possible, to make sure they’re still available to help you move.

Whilst you’re here, why not have a look at the services we offer, and our glowing customer reviews. Maybe we’ll be your first choice of getting your things safely to France from the UK.

2. Make sure you have all your documents

As Britain is a member of the EU still, you and your family don’t have to worry about having to obtain a work permit or visa, or having to fill in copious amounts of customs paperwork. You can enjoy working in France for up to three months without having to apply for residency. All you need is your passport, and your driving licence, if you have one.

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She’ll change her mind about the whole emigrating thing once she gets there!

If you have pets, there are a few things you need to do in order to make their journey, as well as yours, as smooth as possible.

  • Get your pet microchipped.
  • After your pet has been chipped, book them in as soon as possible for a rabies vaccination. The reason why you need to do this asap is because you must wait 21 days after it has been done before moving abroad. Some vets only give one course of vaccinations, but some advise to give two courses, therefore, the sooner it’s done, the sooner you can move.
  • Ask your vet for a Pet Passport. Just like our passports, this is a little book, complete with photo page to help people identify your pet. It is also a handy record of when your pet will need to get revaccinated for rabies.

Unfortunately, France won’t allow Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Pitbulls, Mastiffs or Tosas into the country, unless they are classed as guard dogs and have papers to prove that they’re a pedigree dog. This is because France deems these breeds as dangerous dogs.

3. Research, research and do more research

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    Planning is tough, so you may as well be comfy

    If you don’t have a job to go to, now is the time to start looking for jobs, if you need to work. There are plenty of sites you can visit to start applying

  • If you haven’t already got a place to move to, now is the time to start perusing the internet for your new home
  • If you’ve got the time, now would be a good idea to start learning a few, simple French phrases and words.

Now sit back, relax and start planning your wonderful, new life!

It’s really that simple!

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Essential Tips for moving to Spain with your Children

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An expat family is a happy family, capable of anything

We all know how stressful relocating within the UK can be, so imagine what it can be like if you’re emigrating to Spain with your children!

The decision to move home doesn’t just impact us as grownups, it affects our kids in much the same way too. Whether we like it or not, choosing to move means that we’re responsible for how hard we’re about to make our children’s lives. Moving home is a decision that shakes up their very world as they know it.

But before you get your knickers in a twist about how potentially stressful taking your children to another country might be, stop! As an expat, I fully understand what it’s like moving to Spain with your children, but we did it, and I’m still here, and not a grey hair, breakdown or aneurysm was had when we moved.

Although emigrating is full of changes that you wouldn’t ordinarily encounter whilst moving about the UK, the adjustments you do go through are neither big, bad, or scary, especially if you’ve planned your move properly. Speaking from experience, I can tell you that your family’s move to another country isn’t going to be the nightmare that you think it could be.

Natalie Goldberg, a renowned American author once said that
“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency”

which is very true. The things we sometimes find ourselves tearing our hair out for, just aren’t worth all the significance or urgency we put on them.

So to help you have a harmonious move to Spain with your children, here’s my list of the 7 most essential tips to helping your move go smoothly.

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Emigrating to Spain with your children – before the move

Tip #1 – Talk to your kids and involve them in the moving process

Change can be pretty scary for anyone, and even if your child says that they’re excited about moving house, there’s no doubt that they’re still going to experience feelings of confusion, sadness and frustration.

They’ll worry about leaving everything they know behind, their school; their best friends, the comforts of their old home town, their daily routines. Because moving home can sometimes be exasperating, it’s no surprise then that stress can rear its ugly head in many ways. Children and adults alike can throw tantrums, get despondent, or become incredibly anxious.

So talk to your children, keep them in the loop at all times. These conversations don’t have to be difficult. Just focus on all the new, exciting things which lie ahead, rather than highlighting all the things which they might miss out on, or might have to leave behind.

Continuity is very important, so explain that even though you’re moving to a new country which has a different language and different cultures, there are some things which aren’t ever going to change. Reassure them that even though life in Spain will be very different, there’ll be lots of things that you’ll still do together as a family, like have breakfast together every day, or play football together after school.

Another important thing to do is to always comfort your children. “I’m always here for you, and you’re not alone” is one of the best things you can say to them. Actually, it’s something kind to say to your partner too if they’re feeling stressed as well.

It might be hard for you to hear the pain of your children, particularly if they’ve not fully understood what’s happening and are sad and confused, but your attention and dedication will be a major source of consolation for them.

Tip #2 – Learn about Spain, together

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It looks like the young ‘un is way ahead of you!

Learning about your new home with your children is a fantastic way to alleviate their worries, and it’s also a great way to get them super excited about the move. It might even get you feeling more relaxed about the whole process!

A wonderful way of getting your children on board with the move is to ask them to create a scrapbook for you, documenting everything about your family adventure of moving to Spain.Help your kids make the scrapbook by visiting your local library on an exciting research expedition. Search the aisles for interesting books about Spain, take some out, and read through them together.

Browse the internet with them, show them amazing photographs of their new town or city, and maybe even contact the local tourist board of where you’re moving to with a list of all your children’s questions about their new place.

Printing off photographs of your new home, particularly the tourist attractions, land marks and beaches, is another good way of helping your children get accustomed to the idea of moving, as they’ll be able to start picturing living there.

It is also a good idea to involve your children in the search for your new home. Looking at properties online with them will get them used to new styles of architecture, as a lot of properties in Spain are apartments.

Living in a colorful, historical apartment is something your children may find novel after having to deal with stairs in a house for so long! After a while, they’ll be able to tell you which of the properties you’re looking at are their favourite.

You can also ask them what they think is important to have in their new house and that you’ll try to find somewhere that has those things, although it may be hard to find an apartment which has a swimming pool, a games room and a garden big enough for a pony to fit in!

Another great way of getting your children excited about moving, is to help them with starting to learn Spanish. There are a lot of bright, colorful apps designed in mind for children to make learning a new language exciting and interesting. Your children will love the opportunity to show up their mum or dad by learning a few Spanish phrases before you get a chance to!

Tip #3 – Let your children pack their own things

Getting your children involved in packing may sound a bit nerve-wracking, after all, us grownups tend to have a lot of valuable items which are also inexplicably breakable! So whilst we may not want them to help pack the kitchen or living room, you can help them pack up their bedroom.

Your children will value being able to pack their own suitcases and put their own things away in their own boxes, and it’s a great opportunity to talk to them if you need them to part with a few things. Rather than being told what they need to get rid of, they’ll appreciate being able to choose what they leave behind, if they have to.

Tip #4 – Throw your children a “see you again soon!” party

It’s very important for your children to have both a positive experience about leaving, whilst at the same time, seeking closure about going. After all, your move abroad is most likely a permanent one, and you might only come back to the UK for short visits in the future. Hosting a party for them, with all the family and their friends around, will provide them with a lasting, happy memory of the UK.

This will, in turn, put them in a positive frame of mind for their relocation to Spain. Remember, don’t call it a goodbye party, because goodbyes are always sad. It’s a “see you again soon” party, because in the future, you’ll no doubt pop back to the UK for a visit to see nan and granddad!

Moving to Spain with your children – during the move

Tip #5 – Make sure they have enough to keep them entertained

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Oh dear, he looks bored. It won’t be long before he starts asking, “Are we there yet?” a million times

Road trips, even in the UK, can be quite tiresome events, as your kids get bored. So whether you’re flying or driving to Spain, make sure your children have plenty of things on hand to keep them

entertained. Letting your children choose the things they want to keep with them is a good way of knowing that they have something which they’ll definitely find stimulating and enjoyable.

Another good way to make sure your children won’t get bored is to make up some art packs for them. You can find a lots of crayons, markers, paper, craft materials and coloring from places like Wilkos or the Pound Shop. These packs will give your children something to do when the journey starts to drag a bit.

Consider buying your children their own digital cameras. They don’t have to be expensive, and there are always people selling second hand ones online, but giving your kids a camera is a great way of making them sit up and take notice of their new surroundings and get excited from seeing new things.

Make sure to have plenty of kid-friendly tunes on hand to fill the car with soothing sounds when things seem to be getting a bit raucous, after all, music tames the savage beast!

You may even be able to find podcasts which talk about the place you’re moving to, which should hopefully get the children interested in spending some time being quiet and listening to people talk about Spain, especially if the topics covered are all about the country’s exciting festivals, or yummy foods. If your kids are starting to get restless or are complaining about being bored, start a sing-a-long, or play family games like eye spy or 20 questions to give your children something to focus on.

The most important thing however, is to make sure that your children’s tablets or games consoles are fully charged, as these are always a sure fire way of keeping the kids quiet!

Tip #6 – Make sure there are snacks aplenty

If you’re driving to Spain, having treats, or even a full blown picnic ready to hand in the car is very important, because even adults get a bit ratty when they’re hungry! Using well-timed snack breaks can break up your journey and they’ll give everyone the energy they need to keep calm and carry on.

Tip #7 – Take breaks as often as you can

If time allows it on your road trip through Spain, try to stop off at some tourist attractions or landmarks for your children to enjoy and to take pictures of. No-one likes being cooped up in a car for hours on end and just stopping at a motorway garage for petrol and a toilet break can be quite gloomy. If you’ve managed to plan a list of quirky stops along your route, then if you do need a toilet break, you might as well do it somewhere memorable and fun.
So there you have it, my top tips for helping your move with kids to Spain run as smoothly as possible.
Remember, embarking on a new life in a different country is a major step for anyone. It takes a good deal of nerve, enthusiasm and determination to overcome the potential obstacles and stresses this adventure might spring on you. If you’re moving to Spain with your children, you don’t necessarily need these qualities by the bucket load, but you do need to make sure that you plan ahead so that your kids feel genuinely reassured, comforted, excited, entertained and most of all, happy that they’re going to be moving somewhere new.

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It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for The Joneses

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Moving to Madrid … an Expat Guide

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It’s the dawn of your new life in Madrid – Click for Map Guide

When you decide to become an expat, you’re embarking on a truly awesome adventure, and there are only exciting times ahead for you. The lure of a new life in another country is something which humans have found alluring since we had the means to get around.

At the beginning of the seventeenth century we Brits began colonizing America, in the eighteenth century we landed in Australia, and ran screaming from the scary wildlife, and by the early nineteenth century we were sipping Darjeeling tea in India. As our forebears packed up their belongings and braced themselves for a long voyage out at sea to a strange, new world, their anticipation for a new life in an exotic place must have been palpable. Or that could just have been the seasickness.

Luckily, in modern times, we don’t have to endure month long expeditions to move to another country, after all, Europe is now only a stone’s throw away.

Unlike our ancestors, you don’t have to worry about how you’ll get all of your possessions abroad, because Indalo Transport have that covered. We specialize in removals from UK to Spain, giving you peace of mind that your belongings are safe, sound and fully insured by a team who genuinely love helping expats move to Spain.

Below, you’ll find a handy little guide, part of our series of guides about the villages, towns, cities, provinces and regions of Spain, which you may find useful in preparing for your upcoming removal to Madrid.

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So you’re thinking of moving to Madrid  —  Nice choice!

Madrid is the capital city of Spain and it’s also the largest city of the country, with nearly 3.2 million inhabitants. It is an elegant city, filled with beautiful boulevards, expansive, manicured parks, fashionable shopping areas, historical quarters with picturesque streets and rich repositories of European art.

Its landmarks include the Royal Palace, the Temple of Debod, the Almundena Cathedral, the Bernabeu stadium, the popular El Rastro market, a botanical garden, a zoo, an aquarium and a plethora of art and history museums.

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A typical Spanish market stall

Madrid is an international commercial hub and political capital that still has deep Spanish roots, steeped in tradition. Expats needn’t worry about the pressures of a high-speed lifestyle that they may have experienced in the big cities of the UK. It is beyond doubt that this city is the place to go to for those looking to further their career whilst capitalizing on an attractive quality of life.

It is true that the economic climate in Spain suffered badly during the recession, but it is making a substantial recovery. Madrid is the best city to find a job in the country as it plays host to an array of large multinational corporations with direct foreign investment. That being said, you should realize that the average salary in Madrid, and all across Spain, are generally inferior to other major European cities. However, the cost of food, eating out and drinking is also significantly lower than it would be in London.

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A typical Spanish apartment block

In terms of accommodation, it can be quite hard to find housing in Madrid, because the process of buying and renting a house is so different from how things are done in the UK. The main thing to do is research, in-depth, the apartments and houses for sale in the area of the city you would like to live in, as prices and quality can vary dramatically.

Even though us Brits aren’t strong on the subject, negotiation is key to making a deal quickly and efficiently with estate agents in Spain. If you can demonstrate that you have a strong understanding of the local market, you won’t get stung on the rental or sale price.

In regards to renting, make sure that you’ve saved enough for the first month’s rent, plus a deposit, which is equivalent to a month’s rent, and the agent fee, which can also be the equivalent of the first month’s rent.

Once you’re settled however, you’ll find that Madrid is a melting pot of cultures, as there is already a sizeable overseas community established in the city. Nearly a fifth of its inhabitants have immigrated from abroad. You’ll also find that the city’s healthcare system is considered to be one of the best in Europe, and there are an impressive number of private schools with a bilingual or full English curriculum available to children.

The only downside of Madrid is that it is not a coastal city, like Barcelona or Valencia, so you won’t be able to chill out at the seaside, unless you travel nearly two hours by train to the East coast. With Madrid almost at the geographic center of Spain, and quite high up, winters are cold compared to other parts of the country, with average temperatures about 7 degrees, the coldest month being January.

The summers in Madrid can also get very hot. During July and August the temperature will rarely drop below 30 degrees and during these months you get, on average, 13 hours of sunlight a day. Even in winter, Madrid has about three times more sun than in the Northern half of Europe.

On the whole, you’ll find that living amongst the city’s rich history and youthful enterprise makes for exciting opportunities for individuals and families alike.

Indalo Transport’s Top 3 things you need to do to prepare for your move to Madrid.

1. Book your removal to Madrid from the UK

When you have a moving date, and you’ve gone through all your belongings and worked out what it is you’d like to take with you to Madrid, contact several removals companies for quotes. After you’ve got your quotes, do a little background research into the firms you’ve contacted, check out their customer reviews to see if they’re really as good as they say they are.

Check to see if the company is fully insured and have a look in to whether they offer a packing service or can provide you with advice and guidance on becoming an expat. Once you’ve taken into consideration all these things, book with your chosen removals team as soon as possible, to make sure they’re still available to help you move.
Whilst you’re here, why not have a look at the services we offer, and our glowing customer reviews. Maybe we’ll be your first choice of getting your things safely to Spain from the UK.

2. Make sure you and your pet have all their documents

As Britain is a member of the EU, you and your family don’t have to worry about filling in copious amounts of customs paperwork, or having to obtain a work permit or visa. You can enjoy living and working in Madrid for up to three months without having to apply for residency. All you need to hand is your passport, and if you have one, your driving licence.

If you have pets, there are a few things you need to do in order to make their journey, as well as yours, as smooth as possible.

  • Get your pet microchipped.
  • After your
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    Even your dog will love relocating to Madrid!

    pet has been chipped, book them in as soon as possible for a rabies vaccination. The reason why you need to do this asap is because you must wait 21 days after it has been done before moving abroad. Some vets only give one course of vaccinations, but some advise to give two courses, therefore, the sooner it’s done, the sooner you can move.

  •  Ask your vet for a Pet Passport. Just like our passports, this is a little book, complete with photo page to help people identify your pet. It is also a handy record of when your pet will need to get revaccinated for rabies.

Luckily, Spain doesn’t have a list of banned pet breeds that aren’t allowed to enter the country. However, dog breeds which demonstrate certain ‘dangerous’ characteristics, like the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler or Akita, or breeds which weigh over 10 kg, must be registered within three months of being in Madrid.

Vets are not permitted to administer any vaccinations to any new dog listed as a dangerous dog breed without a stamped letter of registration from the local Town Hall.

If you are travelling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above and have endorsement from the government agency that regulates the import and export of animals. You will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system.

3. Research, research and do more research

 

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Preparing for your move to Madrid

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  • If you don’t have a job to go to, now is the time to start looking for jobs. There are plenty of sites you can visit to start applying:
  • If you haven’t already got a place to move to, now is the time to start perusing the internet for your new home:
  • If you’ve got the time, now would be a good idea to start learning a few, simple Spanish phrases and words.

Indalo Transport’s Top 3 things you need to do once you’ve settled in to your new home

1. Sort out your NIE

If after three months of living in Madrid, you do decide that the expat lifestyle is for you and you want to stay in Spain permanently, then you will have to apply for residency. You will be asked to prove that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself and any dependents and you may also be required to provide proof that you’ve taken out public or private healthcare insurance. Therefore it’s very important that by this time you have a job or can demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself.

2. Find a Doctor and a dentist

It is important in Madrid, once you have your NIE, to get healthcare insurance.

Whilst Spain does have a public health system which provides free or low cost health care for those contributing to Spanish social security, much like the NHS, the system is over-burdened.

To be insured, you must have a Social Security number (that you get usually through your work).

If you have paid regular National Insurance contributions for two full years prior to coming to Madrid, then you are entitled to public health cover for a limited period from the date of your last NI contribution.

3. Register your car

If you travelled to Spain in your car, it’s nice to know that you’re allowed to use it without any worries for the first six months of you being in Madrid. However, if you’d like to keep using it beyond six months, you must register the vehicle with the Spanish government.

In order to register your car, it must undergo a safety inspection, similar to the UK’s MOT test. You will also have to pay a registration fee on the car, a tax which is based on your cars average market value.

After a successful removal to Madrid, now sit back, relax and start enjoying your wonderful, new life!

 

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Ahh, soaking up the rays in sunny Madrid, bliss!

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Loading for the UK

I hope you like this behind the scenes time lapse video I took of the process of loading a van for my UK trip this month.

 

The video shows how a lot of care is taken over loading, to make sure the vehicle is loaded as tight as possible, with everything heavy and robust lower down, and very fragile items placed on top.

Taking time over packing helps to keep everything protected from moving and being damaged by rubbing, and also enables full use of the space available, which is important on such long trips.

I didn’t have to load the trailer as well for this trip, as I’m delivering a brand new Horse Box to Devon instead, which was manufactured right here in Almeria.

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Geneva Trip Photos – Removal from France to Spain

Well, not really Geneva, actually about 50km South, but still very close!  This is a photo record of the stunning scenery close to Thones, where I recently went, for a removal from France to Spain. Final destination was Villaricos, on the Mediterannean Coast in Almeria.

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Be careful who you book for your removal – Walsall family left with nothing after Facebook ‘man with van’ drove off with belongings

 

Whilst the power of the new social media channels like Facebook cannot be underestimated, this heartbreaking story is a reminder that you still need to be very careful when choosing who provides you with services, especially if they only advertise on social media.

Mark Higgins and Becky Szenk booked their removal with a ‘man and van’ on Facebook, who collected the contents of their flat in Bilston, and was supposed to deliver everything just 8 miles away in Walsall the same day. However, the van never turned up for the delivery. The Facebook profile was then taken down, and so the couple have lost virtually all their belongings, including furniture and white goods.

Miss Szenk said “For us it’s been a big lesson to learn. I just hope others can be more careful about trusting people they book over social media as I would hate for this to happen to anyone else.”

Here is a link to the story in the national media.

I suppose it’s easy to be wise after the event, but this highlights that you should always do the following checks before you book or use any sort of service through Social Media.

  • Does the business have it’s own website. This is a big tick as it points to a more established company
  • Is the service linked to any sort of professional association or trade body – this again is a big tick that the company can be trusted
  • Check that the advertising page on social media has been active for several months – avoid anything recent
  • Are there comments from previous clients – if so, you could contact them and ask about the service provided
  • Is it a page or profile (on Facebook) – pages must be linked to a personal profile (which you can check) whereas profiles can be made up (and deleted) much easier
  • Before you pay for or use the service, take copies of any linking profiles or info that will help you to find the person if the advertising page is taken down
  • If you can’t find any proof that can be checked, alarm bells should be ringing!
  • If the price seems too cheap, ask yourself why that is – would you do that job for the same price?

Often times in life, if it seems too good to be true, it will be.

Just because someone advertises on Facebook or another social media channel, don’t automatically assume they can be trusted.

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Good news for your next removal – They let me join Move Assured!

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Have you found it difficult to pick a removal company, because there are just so many out there?

How you guarantee that you’ll get brilliant service at the best possible price?

Just because they are at the top of Google, does that mean they are good?

Well, I’ve found a way to help you ensure that the removal company you choose has customer service as its main motivation.

It’s an organisation that lets you tell everyone how good (or bad) your removal firm is.

And they have checked me out and let me join!

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Indalo Transport has been striving, from day 1, to put you, the customer, first:

  • To make sure you have the best experience possible when you move.
  • To make sure everything goes without a hitch.

However, we find that many people can’t tell this just by looking at our website.

So I wanted to find a way to prove to you that my service is worthy of your consideration.

I’m pleased to tell you that I’ve found something to help you believe me when I tell you that I am a professional remover, with the highest standards of service, and with a proactive interest in making your removal day exciting rather than stressful.

What I have found is an organisation that enables you the customer to leave feedback on your move for the whole world to see.

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Being continuously monitored through membership of Move Assured helps to make sure that you get the very best service on your next removal.

The organisation’s website is a place you can go to leave feedback on your experience with Indalo Transport, to share it with those booking a removal in the future, thereby helping them to make the right choice of removal company.

The organisation is called Move Assured.

They have rigorous checks, to make sure that all their members have up to date goods in transit insurance and public liability insurance.

Move Assured is where professional dedicated removers are proud to be part of a new type of organisation, which is monitored, accredited and where the members provide a personal service to ensure your removal day goes smoothly and without any stress.

I am very proud to have been accepted into the Move Assured family – It is further assurance of a successful move if you choose Indalo Transport.

To find out more about the Move Assured organisation, click here

For a quote for your next removal click here

Thanks for reading.

Mick Cox

P.S. If you have used Indalo Transport for your removal, I would love you to visit the Move Assured website and leave feedback for me. Just click on this link, go to the bottom of the page and fill in the details. Thank you!

 

 

 

Save Time, Money & Hassle when you send anything to Spain

Have you found a really good deal on Ebay and want to find out how to ship it out to Spain?

Are you missing your favourite foods because you can’t buy them at your local Mercadona?

Is there a beautiful dining table you’ve found in the UK, that you’d love to……………….. sit down to for al fresco meals at your place in the sun?

Are you planning to move to Spain, for a more relaxed lifestyle in the warmth and laid back atmosphere?

In short – Do you have anything you need delivered to Spain from the UK?

Indalo Transport has helped many people improve their lives by delivering to them at their villa or apartment in Spain, directly from Great Britain.

By offering a hassle free, fully insured, door to door service from anywhere in the UK to anywhere in Spain, you have every reason to grab that bargain NOW.

As well as offering a fully insured service, you are given firm dates for both collection and delivery,

And you’ll be kept informed at every stage of the moving or delivery process.

You get to buy the products you love, at prices that can’t be beaten in Spain.

And then you can let Indalo Transport take care of the rest.

This is your opportunity have what you want, even though you live in Spain.

Just check out the website & read the feedback from our customers to see how just how easy this service is.

Join lots of other people who have found out that they don’t have to compromise just because they live abroad.

From a small box of gluten free foods, to the full contents of flat or house, Indalo Transport has the reseources to get your delivery to Spain with the minimum fuss, and in double quick time.

As well as firm dates, the service will give timed collection and delivery whenever possible;  your time is important, so it won’t be wasted!      –       So no more waiting in all day for the removal men.

With regular deliveries to all parts of Spain through extensive trade contacts & regular trips, and through the application of cutting edge technology, you’ll have unbeatable service at the most competitive price.

And with fully insured delivery and removals to fit in with your lifestyle, using this service couldn’t be easier.

Just look at all these advantages you’ll have with the Indalo Transport Spanish delivery experience:-

  • Fully Insured – increased cover, now up to £50,000 per trip
  • Firm Collection Dates
  • Timed Collections for removals – no hanging around!
  • Timed Deliveries – reliable and prompt service
  • You are kept fully informed
  • Clear and transparent Pricing
  • Competitive Quotes
  • Any size Delivery or Removal
  • Save Money by buying in the UK
  • For new purchases or things you own already

So, what are you waiting for,  to take advantage of Indalo Transport’s Superior Service,

Just follow the instructions below to sort out a collection from anywhere in Great Britain.

You’ll soon be enjoying your purchases – in the Sun!

Read the three statements below, and click on the one that fits most closely with the service you want

I want to buy new things, where the seller will deliver anywhere in the UK

I want to fill a box myself in the UK & then get it delivered to me in Spain

I want a full removal or part load removal to Spain

Sincerely,
Mick Cox

P.S. If you’re not sure of your dates yet, we can still be of help by giving you a quote, so that you know how much your move or delivery is going to cost.

Just click on the sentence above that best describes what you want to do.

 

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Your Next Removal – Not Doing This Could Cost you 1,000s

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When you are planning to undertake a major move abroad, to uproot your life and start all over again somewhere that you don’t know very well, it’s important that you keep your stress levels as low as possible, by using services you can trust and rely on. Not choosing the correct removal company could cost you thousands of pounds -but there is a simple way to ensure you don’t have any problems. It’s an aspect of the moving process that very few people really pay close attention to, but you should always make sure that you fully understand whether the company you choose has this or not. As you’re reading this you’re already ahead of the game, and you obviously want to make certain you do things right from the very beginning. Read on for a full explanation of why you should pay more attention to this vital aspect of your next removal.

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We all know that moving is one of the most stressful times in your life, so anything you can do to make things easier for yourself has to be a good thing. The removal company you choose can go a long way to creating a stress-free atmosphere – in fact your choice of removal company is probably the most vital part of the actual moving process. Their professionalism, communication and punctuality all help to smooth the way, and can turn a difficult time into an exciting adventure.

A little mentioned component of a professional Removal Companies’ service is their comprehensive insurance cover, which protects both you and them if things happen to go wrong. With the best will in the world, we are all human, and sometimes things happen in life that are just out of our control. Adequate insurance cover is a vital part of making sure that, in the event of a problem or unforeseen event, you don’t suffer any loss of any kind.

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When you really think about it, if you have insurance for all of your furniture and belongings at your home now, it seems to make sense to cover it during a move to another country as well. This insurance, taken out with specialist brokers dealing in the Removal Industry, is called Goods In Transit (GIT) insurance. It is specifically to cover your belongings whilst they are in the possession of the removal company, and it offers the same sort of cover as you would find in your home contents insurance policy. All good removal companies will have GIT insurance.

There is another insurance that is also important to consider when you are choosing a remover – public liability insurance. It covers a business against injury or property damage to the public in the course of their business activities. Whilst not compulsory, all good companies will also have this.

However, not all removal companies are created equal – some have GIT and public liability insurance, and some do not. Goods in Transit Insurance can be quite expensive, especially if European moves are to be covered, so you will find that it is one of the first things to be ignored by removal companies that don’t have their customers’ best interests at heart. Even if a company says that it has GIT insurance, it is a good idea to confirm this, as you don’t want to find out that have been ‘economical with the truth’ when things go wrong and you cannot then make a claim. The only way to be sure is if you actually see the Insurance Cover Note, and check that it is in date, as well as what the level of cover is.

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You may often find that the company without Goods In Transit insurance is able to quote you a cheaper rate for the removal. Which is great……. until something goes wrong. You may be lucky and find that everything goes without a hitch. However, if something does go wrong, you will then find there is no insurance company to claim from. So you then have two options

  • Claim damages from the company/person, to get back the value of the furniture that is lost/damaged or broken. If they can’t – or won’t – pay, your only recourse is to sue them in a small claims court. And then you may find that the company/person mysteriously disappears, or they cannot be found, as you found them on facebook, and/or you only had a mobile number for them. Or if they are a Spanish based company, you can only deal with the problem through a Spanish Court, which could take years.
  • Just accept the damages and don’t do anything about it. Of course, this option does depend on how much, and what type of damage there is. And you’ll be kicking yourself for ages over penny-pinching when planning the removal at the beginning!

 

morningsun2What price peace of mind? – that is the real question here. If you are happy taking a chance with the very cheapest service, with no thought to what may happen if everything were to go wrong, then all well and good. The chances of the company having proper insurance cover for your belongings is very slim. They are in it for the short term, and couldn’t care less about doing the best possible job for you, the client. A giveaway indication that your removal company may not have your best interests at heart is the age of their vehicles – if they are quite old, as well as the chances of breakdown being higher, it shows that they are not prepared to invest in providing a more reliable, as well as a greener, service for you.

Professional, fully insured service won’t be expensive, but the advantages in using a service that has recent vehicles, and that values your belongings like they were their own, far outweigh the small extra price you’ll pay.

Remember, always ask to see the Insurance Policy Cover Note. Any company that professes to have GIT and Public Liability insurance won’t have any objection to showing you that it has up to date and adequate Insurance Certificates.Approved_stamp

As far as Indalo Transport goes, we have both Goods in Transit and Public Liability Insurance, arranged with Lloyds of London through a specialist insurance broker. As we believe in being fully covered for all eventualities, we also have Storage Cover for anything you may have stored at our sites in both the UK and in Spain. The confirmation of our cover is reproduced on our website here.

In today’s high stress world, it’s good to know there are some things about your move abroad that you can rely on, to help everything go smoothly and give you peace of mind.

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A (pictorial) Road Journey from Mojacar to Gosport via Dieppe

 

This is an unashamedly self indulgent post that is made up of 83 photos taken during one of my trips back to the UK, in September 2014.

These photos will give you an idea of what you will see if you decide to drive from Mojacar, Almeria (South Eastern Spain), through France to the UK. We are based in Gosport, Hampshire (when we are in the UK), and on this trip we took the a ferry trip from Dieppe in France to Newhaven in the UK, so the final leg of the trip was a short hop along the South Coast.

The photos are mainly of roads, signs and traffic (well they were taken on the road so what do you expect), but it also has lots of ‘scenery’ too. I must admit this post may not be to everyone’s taste. However, as well as giving you a good taste of the state of the traffic densities in Spain, France and the UK, it does show the huge difference in scenery between the South of Spain and the much cooler climate in the UK. There are also some interesting roadside sculptures in the North of Spain, as well as pictures of Newhaven as we arrived from France. Oh and, if you don’t want to splash out on a sat-nav, the photos will also show you how to go from Spain to the UK in the shortest time by car. It is not the most economical route, as we used some tolls in France and Spain, but there aren’t any other routes that will get you across Europe as fast.

This is for you if you would like to see the business end of what Indalo Transport does. It will give you a very good idea of what I do when you ask me to transport your furniture from Spain back to the UK – as this is the staple route when we travel between Southern Europe and Britain. Transporting entails me travelling along these roads around once a month, all year, in all weathers. During this trip the weather was glorious for the complete duration, which is not a normal occurrence.

And in case you were wondering, the trip took about 22 hours in driving time, plus rest stops and the 4 hour ferry trip across the Channel. Oh, and it was just over 2000km, which is just under 1250miles.

You could probably do it a lot faster in a car, as I am always careful of the fuel I use and my driving time reflects this.

Enjoy!

PS In case you are wondering how this was done, film of the whole route was taken by a dashcam, and then the individual shots were grabbed from the recording – as using a camera whilst driving is most definitely very silly, as well most illegal!

 

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25° and beautifully sunny

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Murcia – North of Almeria

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Back into Almeria again

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Green up here

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East West Motorway

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‘Indalo Man’ origin

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Impressive Mountains

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pick up in Chirivel

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Home of Carnival

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The Ancient Town of Lorca

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‘Bow’ bridge – at 150Km

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Busy roads in Spain!

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Alicante Province

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One of 13 ‘Costas’

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Castle at Villena

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Turn here for Madrid

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Will la Font de la Figurea ever get a bypass?

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First few clouds in the sky

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Valencia very close

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The Ford Factory exit

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Sit down here

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About to turn off left

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Lots of services in Spain

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The start of the big climb

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Storm ahead

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Teruel, almost 1km up

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I love this sculpture

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‘Motorway of the Moors’

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Biggest A23 sculpture.

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More roadside sculpture

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Sculptures are metal

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Long viaduct

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Drop down to Zaragoza

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Heart of Northern Spain

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Ebro – a very long river

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Mountain labels – nice

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I want this all over Europe

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‘Running bulls’ Pamplona

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Good name for a Mountain

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Lots of Mountains up here

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Not far to France now

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The Mountain Motorway

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Road widening in France

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Spain done-France now

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First French Toll

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Slow down at junctions

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birthplace of the fountain?

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Atlantic Coast Beaches

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Contraflow repair work

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Bird Sanctuary

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Traffic Jam in Bordeaux

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Angouleme it is then

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History in Bordeaux

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Avoid €30 toll – use N10

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In the heart of France

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Time to Pay – again

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Last push North in France

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Weekend in Paris?

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Le Mans -24 Hour home

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The last push to Dieppe

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Approaching Alencon

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Another rest areas ‘Aire’

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Remembering them

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Ferries to UK here

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A distinct bridge

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Not far now

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Final destination in France

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Approaching the UK

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Newhaven Lighthouse

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Nice sandy beach

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Looks a little narrow!

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About to disembark

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Hello England

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Finally at the UK Border

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Rare in France & Spain

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We go left…

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A very mild day in the UK

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busy AM on the A27

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Now Miles rather than KM.

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From East to West

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Finally in Hampshire

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Ferries here too

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Arriving at Gosport

 

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10 top tips for buying a property in Spain

 

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Here are 10 essential tips to help you with buying your dream Spanish property. As moving to a new country is definitely a big deal.

Whilst the thought of going to live in Spain very close to a golden beach may appeal, especially during particularly grey days in the UK, there is a lot to have to think about when you decide to make that leap to live in another country.

As well as all the normal things you have to deal with in a removal within your own country, there is also the language, currency and a completely different legal system to contend with. Added to that is the fact that things will take longer to sort out – as if this sort of thing isn’t already a bit of a drawn out process in the normal run of things!

Indalo Transport’s following 10 tips will make sure you don’t miss anything really important – and there is also a link to more help from the UK Government at the end of the article, which also links to other useful resources.

  1. Legal Advice. The Spanish conveyancing system is very different to the UK, so you should always use a lawyer with expert knowledge of the Spanish property system. They should be able to give you their registration number with the local ‘Colegio de Abogados’ (the local lawyers association) You can get a list of English speaking Lawyers from the British Embassy in Madrid here. Be careful of using Lawyers recommended by an estate agent or developer, as they may be acting for both parties or may not be independent (a cause of many problems during the boom years before 2008)  For most of the rest of the items on this list, your lawyer should check them anyway, but it is a good idea for you to know what sort of things he/she should be doing for their fee.

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    Get professional legal advice

  2. All properties must now have a ‘Nota Simple’ (land registry extract) and an energy efficiency certificate before they can be offered for sale,. The nota simple lists some basic information so you can check that there are no debts or legal proceedings pending, and that the registered owners of the property are in fact the sellers.

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    An example of a Nota Simple

  3. Make sure that the property is a legal build and has all the correct permissions, and is listed on the Cadastral register. The Cadastral certificate is very useful, as it will give you the exact size of the plot and show you where the boundaries are. If you have the cadastral reference number, access the online record yourself here.catastralhomepage
  4. Find out that the cadastral value of the property, which will then help you to find out what the purchase tax and the yearly ‘IBI’ (like council tax) bill will be.IBI_definition
  5. You should get a receipt to prove that all the utility bills, including the ‘IBI’ have been paid up to date by the existing owner, before you buy.
  6. It is a good idea to check that there are no rights of way or building restrictions on the land you wish to buy, which can be easily checked at the local town hall.

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    Spanish Town Hall

  7. Most people don’t do this when buying in Spain, but it is prudent to have a property survey carried out, just as you would if you were buying in the UK.
  8. If you are buying a new property, of which there are many still unsold from 2007, you will need a ‘licence of first habitation certificate’ issued by the town hall.Approved_stamp
  9. Always get offers and agreements in writing before agreeing to proceed, and always insist on a paper receipt for any money you have paid.passport
  10. Last but not least, get a Will in Spain, so that if anything happens to you, the inheritance laws in Spain don’t get in the way of your wishes.

As you can see from all that, there is quite  a lot that is different to buying in the UK, so you should use experts to guide you and make sure that you don’t get caught out by any legal or procedural loopholes.

For more information, go to ‘How to buy Property in Spain’ from the UK Government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office

If you are thinking of moving to Spain, or already have decided to, contact us for a quote for your removal from the UK to Spain, or use our superfast online quoting form

Disclaimer:  As this information is a general guide, and is subject to change, you should always seek professional help and guidance before entering into any sort of contract. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that this site is up to date and accurate, Indalo Transport cannot be held liable for any loss which may arise from relying on information contained in this article.

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Origins of the ‘Indalo Man’

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The Indalo Man has been adopted by Almeria as a symbol for the area.

The ‘Mojacar Man’ or “Indalo” is the symbol adopted by Mojacar, a village in the Southeastern Spanish province of Almeria, as their logo. It’s history and origins is detailed below.

The Indalo is a prehistoric, supposedly magical symbol that was found in a cave in the Los Velez Natural Park in Velez Blanco, Spain. The cave is is now off limits to any visitors.

Historically, it has been customary to paint an Indalo symbol on the front of houses and businesses to protect them from evil.

The Indalo Man dates back to 2500 BC and was named in memory of St Indaletius, which means Indal eccius (messenger of the Gods) in the Iberian language.

Legend has it that the Indalo was a ghost that could hold and carry a rainbow in his hands (thus the arch over the head of the man).

The Indalo symbol is used as a lucky charm in the Almeria region, but the charm is only beneficial to you if it has been presented to you as a gift.

For Indalo Transport, the name of the company was a natural choice – to let everyone know that we are linked with this lovely part of the world, and that we have a base in Mojacar, which was the first place in the area to adopt the symbol.

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Renew your Passport when abroad

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Did you realise that the UK government has made major changes to the passport and consular service for British Nationals who are overseas?

Before, you had to make the application directly to the British Consular Service in the country you were living in at the time, which in Spain’s case, was in Madrid.  That is no longer how it works.

Since the middle of 2014 all passport applications are now controlled directly from within the UK. All passports are also issued from the UK, so you can only renew your passport online.

Click here to go to the Official Gov.uk website to renew your passport from Overseas

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7 Essential items you Must Carry when driving in Spain

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Don’t forget to always carry the following things in your car when travelling in and around Spain.

  1. Passport or ID Card
  2. Driving Licence
  3. Insurance Certificate
  4. Original registration document (permiso de circulación) 
  5. Ficha Tecnica/itv (Mot Certificate)
  6. Two warning triangles 
  7. Reflective Jacket(s) – for anyone who gets out of the car on a main road.
If you are driving a UK vehicle, there are two extra requirements. You must also have headlight deflectors fitted to stop your lights dazzling oncoming drivers, and have either Euro reg plates with a GB on, or a GB sticker on the car.
If you don’t want to carry your passport around with you all the time – I know I don’t – you can get away with having a notorised copy in the car. Just go to the Notario nearest to you and they will copy your passport for a fee of around €10. As is normal, you’ll probably have to go back to collect the copy the next day, unless you’re very lucky 🙂

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Top Five Tips For A Stress-Free Removal in Spain

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The siestas. The tapas. The sangrias. The now affordable housing, with six-figure villas going for easy five figures. Whatever it is that has made you want to have your place under the Spanish sun, now you are faced with having to move to another location. Whether that is still within the EU member state or within Europe, the bottom line is you will soon be neck-deep in boxes, packing tapes, and bubble wrap. And then there is the usual stress involved in house removals.

Here’s the thing about house removals: They do not have to be stressful. In fact, and if you really want to get ambitious about it, they can be downright fun. To help you expertly deflect the stress away from your house removal, here are top five muy bueno ways to achieve it.

1. Be prepared — be very prepared.
Assuming you have moved a few times in your life, so far, then it is very likely you will know what to expect. Going with that, then, it should be easy to prepare for an upcoming move. Get a list of everything you need to get done leading up to the moving day. When you are organized, you will rarely miss anything, which means fewer frustrations, if not none at all.

2. Downsize, declutter, and pack fewer things.
Come on, you don’t really have to take everything with you, do you? When you do an inventory of all your stuff — what to sell, what to give, what to keep, and what to trash — then you will save so much more energy and money in packing. If you sell some of your things, you can earn money in the process. If you give away stuff to charity, then you help other people. This is what’s known as a win-win situation.

3. Buy your packing materials early.
Don’t leave anything up to the last minute, like buying your packing materials the night before the removals company comes. Buying in advance prevents any late-night trips to the store because you ran out of packing tape.

4. Choose your removals company way ahead of your moving date.
Ideally, you will want to pick from the removals companies in Spain or Europe three months in advance — at least. Some of the best companies may be booked in advance and you do not want to settle for the available but low-quality removals company.

Also, when you do your search for a removals company several months ahead of your move, you’ll have more time to assess the company and make an informed choice as a consumer.

5. Mark all your boxes and separate important documents and items that should be with you.
Finally, make sure all your boxes are properly marked as to where it should be placed (e.g., kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc.), along with the contents. This will avoid any confusion and frustration during the move. You should also be certain that your important documents, like passports and property contracts, and other items like tablets and mobile phones, are with you and not packed in with the boxes.

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