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Essential Tips for moving to Spain with your Children in 2022

 moving to Spain with your Children in 2022

Read this guide to discover the essential tips for moving to Spain with your Children in 2022. An expat family is a happy family!

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! Especially now that the UK is an independent nation since the beginning of 2021.

The decision to move home doesn’t just impact us as grown-ups. It affects our kids in much the same way too. Choosing to move means that we’re responsible for a huge change in our children’s lives. Moving home is a decision that shakes up their very world.

But before you get stressed about taking your children to another country, stop! As an expat myself, I fully understand what it’s like moving to Spain with your children. We did it, albeit many years ago – and it was extremely easy. If you’re ready to go now, let us quote you for a stress-free move

Big Changes

Emigrating is full of changes that don’t encounter whilst moving about the UK. However, the adjustments you do go through are neither big, bad, or scary. This is especially true 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.

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 in 2022, here’s my list of the 7 most essential tips.

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Essential tips for moving to Spain with your children in 2022 – before the move

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

Change can be pretty scary for anyone. If your child says that they’re excited about moving house, there’s no doubt that they’re still going to feel confused. They may well be sad and frustrated too.

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

So it’s best to talk to your children and 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. Don’t mention the things which they might miss out on, or have to leave behind.

Continuity is very important, so explain that there are some things which aren’t ever going to change. Even though you’re moving to a new country which has a different language and different cultures. Reassure them that  there’ll be lots of things that you’ll still do together as a family. Things like having breakfast together every day, or playing football 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 is a good thing to say to them. Actually, it’s kind to say it to your partner too, if they’re feeling stressed as well.

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 get them excited about the move. It might even get you feeling more relaxed about the whole process!

A wonderful way of getting your children involved with the move is to create a scrapbook with them. This could document everything about your family adventure of moving to Spain. Help your kids make the scrapbook by visiting your local library on a research expedition. Search the aisles for interesting books about Spain and read through them together.

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

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.

You can also ask them what they think is important to have in their new house. Then try to find somewhere to match.  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 start to learn Spanish. There are a lot of bright, colourful apps designed with children in mind. This will make learning a new language exciting and interesting.

Tip #3 – Let your children pack their own things

Get your children involved in packing their bedroom. This is a good chance to have them de-clutter too.

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

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

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

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

Essential tips for moving to Spain with your children in 2022 – 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 on hand to keep them

entertained. Let your children choose the things they want to keep with them.

Another good way to make sure your children won’t get bored is to make up some art packs for them. You can find crayons, markers, paper, craft materials and coloring books 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.

You may even be able to find podcasts about the place you’re moving to. This should hopefully get the children interested in spending some time being quiet and listening to people talk about Spain.

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.

The most important thing however, is to make sure that your children’s tablets, phones 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 essential. Even adults get a bit ratty when they’re hungry! Well-timed snack breaks can break up your journey – they’ll give everyone the energy they need to keep calm and carry on.

Tip #7 – Take breaks as often as you can

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. Just stopping at a motorway garage for petrol and a toilet break can be quite gloomy.

If you do need a toilet break, you might as well do it somewhere memorable and fun.

So there you have it, my essential tips for moving to Spain with your Children in 2021. We hope it helps make the move run as smoothly as possible for you and the kids.

Remember, embarking on a new life in a different country is a major step for anyone. 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.

If you’re thinking of moving to Spain with your children in 2022, let Indalo Transport help. More info here

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Moving to Madrid in 2022 an Expat Guide

Moving to Madrid in 2022

Moving to Madrid in 2022 an expat guide is the best resource to find out about this vibrant city. When you decide to become an expat, you’re embarking on a truly awesome adventure.

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. By the early nineteenth century we were sipping Darjeeling tea in India. The anticipation for a new life in an exotic place must have been palpable for our forebears. They packed up their belongings and braced themselves for a long voyage out at sea to a strange, new world.

Stone’s throw

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

Unlike our ancestors, you don’t have to worry about how you’ll get everything abroad, because Indalo Transport have that covered. We specialize in removals from UK to Spain, especially moving to Madrid in 2022. This reassures you that your belongings are safe, sound and fully insured.  The team genuinely love helping expats move to Spain.

Below, you’ll find a handy guide, part of our series of guides about the villages, towns, cities, provinces and regions of Spain.

We hope that Moving to Madrid in 2022 an expat guide helps you prepare for a move 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 and expansive, manicured parks. Additionally, there are fashionable shopping areas, historical quarters and rich repositories of European art.

Its landmarks include the Royal Palace, the Temple of Debod and the Almundena Cathedral. Sportwise, there is the Bernabeu stadium and for shopping the popular El Rastro market. Moreover, there are botanical gardens, 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. Expats needn’t worry about the pressures of a high-speed lifestyle that they may have experienced in the big cities of the UK. This city is the place to go if you’re looking to further your career with an excellent quality of life.

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. However, the average salary in Madrid, is generally inferior to other major European cities. However, the cost of food, eating out and drinking is also significantly lower than it would be elsewhere.

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A typical Spanish apartment block

When you’re moving to Madrid in 2022, it can be quite hard to find accomodation in Madrid. This is because the process of buying and renting is different from the UK. The main thing to do is research the area you would like to live, as prices and quality can vary dramatically.

Negotiation

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 shouldn’t get stung on the deal.

Once you’re settled however, you’ll find that Madrid is a melting pot of cultures. Nearly a fifth the inhabitants of Madrid have immigrated from abroad. The city’s healthcare system is considered to be one of the best in Europe. There are also an impressive number of private schools with a bilingual or full English curriculum.

The only downside of Madrid is that it is not a coastal city, like Barcelona or Valencia. Therefore you won’t be able to chill out at the seaside, unless you travel nearly two hours by train to the East coast. As Madrid is quite high up, winters are cold compared to other parts of the country.

The summers in Madrid can also get very hot. During July and August the temperature will rarely drop below 30 degrees. Even in winter, Madrid has about three times more sun than in the Northern half of Europe.

Indalo Transport’s Top 2 things you need to do to prepare for your move to Madrid.

1. Book your removal to Madrid from the UK

When you’ve gone through all your belongings and worked out what 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. Make sure to 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 if that is something you want. Once you’ve decided, book with your chosen removals company as soon as possible, to make sure they can collect the removal when you need.
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. We have been helping clients just you since 2013. We also take care of full customs management for you, and we make sure you get Transfer of Residence relief if you’re entitled.

2. Make sure you use our free essential moving checklist 2022

When you’re sure you will be moving to Madrid, download our free Moving Checklist here. This will make sure you don’t miss anything important before you leave. It covers all the steps you’ll need to carry out before your move to Madrid in 2022.

It is broken down into 3 Months before the move, 2 months before the move, 1 month and what to do on moving day.

I hope this moving to Madrid in 2022 an expat guide has helped with your plans and given you some useful guidance.

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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A pictorial road journey from Mojacar to Gosport

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, and on this trip we took a ferry trip from Dieppe, France to Newhaven in the UK. Therefore the final leg of the trip was a short hop along the South Coast.

Road signs, traffic!

The photos are mainly of roads, signs and traffic – well, they were taken on the road so what do you expect. However, it also has lots of ‘scenery’ too. I must admit this post may not be to everyone’s taste. However, it gives you a good taste of the state of the traffic densities in Spain, France and the UK. Similarly, 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. In addition, if you don’t want to buy a sat-nav, the photos will also show you how to go from Spain to the UK in the shortest time by car. However, it is not the most economical route, as we used some tolls in France and Spain, but there are no other routes that will get you across Europe as fast.

The route from Mojacar to Gosport

This pictorial journey from Mojacar to Gosport is for you if you want to see the business end of what Indalo Transport does. Therefore, It will give you an idea of what we do when we transport your furniture from Spain back to the UK.  In other words this is the staple road journey between Southern Europe and Britain. Transporting entails our vehicles travelling along these roads, generally more than once a month, all year. 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 between Mojacar and Gosport took about 22 hours in driving time, plus rest stops and the 4 hour ferry trip across the Channel. Similarly, it was just over 2000km, or just under 1250miles.

In conclusion, you could probably do it a lot faster in a car, and if you do, go here for advice on what you need to carry in the vehicle.

I hope you enjoy this pictorial road journey from Mojacar to Gosport

Enjoy!

Published 11th November 2014

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!

From Southern Spain to the Northern border
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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

Into France

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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 in 2022

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Here are 10 top tips for buying a property in Spain in 2022. This will help you with buying your dream Spanish home. As moving to a new country is definitely a big deal. More so now, than ever before, as the UK is an independent nation.

The thought of going to live in Spain very close to a golden beach definitely appeals, especially during particularly grey days in the UK. However, there is a lot to have to think about when you decide 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 are extra things as well. The language, currency and a completely different legal system to list just three. Added to that is the fact that things will take longer to sort out, even though this sort of thing is already a bit of a drawn out process!

Indalo Transport’s 10 top tips for buying a property in Spain in 2022 will make sure you don’t miss anything really important. There is also a link to more help from the UK Government at the end of the article.

10 Top Tips

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. Nota Simple

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. It also shows that the registered owners of the property are in fact the sellers.

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An example of a Nota Simple

3. Catastro

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.

4. Spanish Council tax

Find out that the cadastral value of the property as this will then help you find out what the purchase tax and the yearly ‘IBI’ (like council tax) bill will be.

5. Payment Proof

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. Restrictions

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. Survey

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. 1st Habitation Certificate

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.

9. Written down

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. Get a Will in Spain

Last but not least, get a Will in Spain. This is so that if anything happens to you, the inheritance laws in Spain don’t get in the way of your wishes.

I hope that 10 top tips for  buying a property in Spain in 2022 has helped you learn more about this market. 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

We are fully Insured, Professional and would love to help you make the move to a new life.

Disclaimer:  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. Every effort has been made to ensure that this site is up to date and accurate. However, 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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Mojacar has adopted The Indalo Man as a symbol for the area.

This is an article all about the origins of the ‘Indalo Man’. The ‘Indalo 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.

Found in a cave in the Los Velez Natural Park in Velez Blanco, Spain, the Indalo is a prehistoric, supposedly magical symbol. The cave 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. This 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 origins of the ‘Indalo Man’ are firmly in the province of Almeria. Additionally, the Indalo symbol is a good lucky charm in the Almeria region. However, the charm is only beneficial to you if given as a gift.

For Indalo Transport, the name of the company was a natural choice. We have our origins in Mojacar. Even though our current warehouse is a few km away in Palomares, Indalo Transport started here, and our logo shows we are linked with this lovely part of the world. If you need to use us for transport or removals, get in touch here

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7 Essential items you Must Carry when driving in Spain in 2022

7 essential items you must carry when driving in Spain

Don’t forget you must carry the following 7 essential items in your car when driving in Spain in 2022

  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.

UK Vehicles

If you are driving a UK vehicle, there are three extra requirements.
  • A ‘green card’ certificate for your insurance – this translates your certificate and proves you have cover abroad – (August 2021 this requirement has been dropped and a green card is no longer required)
  • You must put a ‘UK’ sticker on the back of the car.
  • You must fit headlight deflectors to your car, to stop your lights dazzling oncoming drivers
The first two extra requirements became law when the UK left the EU on December 31st 2020. And apparently the green card requirement has now been relaxed.
So, for a UK registered vehicle to drive legally in Spain, please make sure you carry the 7 essential items listed here, plus the extra things listed above.

UK passports

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 to or from Spain in 2022

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These are the top five tips for a stress-free removal to or from Spain in 2022. The main tip is – use Indalo Transport, but we are biased!

The siestas. The tapas. The sangrias. The 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 you want to move from a newly independent UK, or you are already in the EU, 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, with an added twist caused by brexit. Read on to find out what are the top 5 tips for a stress-free removal to or from Spain

Here’s the thing about international 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. Even all the new customs and residency rules shouldn’t affect your desire to move, as long as you choose a remover that can take care of everything for you (hint: Indalo Transport can take care of everything!)

To help you expertly deflect the stress away from your house removal, here are my top five muy bueno tips 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. We have a useful Free Moving Checklist, updated for Brexit, here to help you too, with lots of help on what to do when.

2. Downsize, declutter, and pack fewer things.

Come on, you don’t really need to take everything with you, do you? When you do an inventory of all your stuff — what to sell, what to give away, 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 even 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. It also means less to write down on the packing list for customs – if you are going to do your own packing.

3. Buy your packing materials early.

Don’t leave anything up to the last minute, like buying your packing materials the week before the removals company comes. Buying in advance prevents any late-night trips to the store because you ran out of packing tape. Indalo Transport offers Free boxes and packing materials with every removal between the EU and the UK or Ireland, but we also sell a full range of packing materials here, in Spain, including super strong triple wall boxes.

4. Choose your removals company well ahead of your moving date.

Ideally, you will want to pick from the removals companies that can help you three months in advance — at least. Some of the best companies may be booked far in advance. You shouldn’t have to settle for an available but low-quality removals company – we are dealing with your lifelong possessions here, aren’t we? You deserve the best, so to save stress, look early for that professional remover to help you.

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. You need to check that they fully understand what is now involved with a move to the EU since the UK became an independent nation on January 1st 2021. The documentation needed, and the rules that have to be adhered to mean that you need a specialist – your local removal company will not have the expertise to help you. A mistake here could mean that you end up paying hundreds or even thousands in import fees.

5. Mark all your boxes and separate!

Finally, make sure all your boxes are properly marked as to where they should be placed (e.g., kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc.), along with the contents. This will avoid any confusion and frustration during the move. This is even more important with the new customs rules – a handy tip is that your remover will now need a packing list of what is inside all your boxes. So best to record that as you pack each box. 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. For professional tips on how to pack the best way, read our blogpost here.

So there you go, the top five tips for a stress-free removal to or from Spain in 2022. Hope they helped you with your next removal.

Good luck with your move, and if you’d like a quote from the experts at Indalo Transport, go here to our quote page

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