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What to Bring and What to Leave Behind When Moving to Spain?

When you have everything in place to move to Spain, you will have to decide on what you should bring or leave behind. You’ll likely want to bring all your personal belongings, but it is probably best if you only bring along the essentials when it comes to furniture and appliances. When making the decision what to bring, you will need to consider how long your stay in Spain is going to last, whether you will purchase or rent accommodation and finally, what will happen with the house you are going to leave behind. That is, are you going to sell it, or will you still retain its ownership?

Let’s take a look at why certain items are advisable to bring and why others are best left behind.

  1. Electrical Appliances

The required voltage for electrical supplies in Spain is 220 volts. The good thing is that most appliances from other European countries have a +/- 20-volt difference. They, therefore, can function appropriately in Spain. But the challenge comes in the transportation cost. You will have to weigh out if the cost of transporting and buying new appliances in Spain. Most people opt to do the latter, since buying new appliances usually works out cheaper.

If you are considering bringing along your TV and video recorders, you should confirm if it uses the PAL-G system. Fortunately, most European countries use a similar system to that of Spain.

  1. Furniture

A couple of decades ago the cost of furniture in Spain was surprisingly high. And, shops often featured old heavy designs. UK expats back then might have opted to bring their furniture with them. However, since then many international chains such as IKEA have found their way to Spain. As a result, you can be assured of purchasing affordable and trendy furniture. This is a more cost-effective option compared to transporting your furniture from the UK to Spain.

  1. Clothing

The clothing you bring will depend on the season when you are moving. If it’s during summer, you should know that the temperatures can reach above 30 degrees in most towns. If you are moving during winter make sure you bring winter clothes – it can get cold!

How to Bring Your Belongings to Spain

When ferrying your goods to Spain, it is best to work with a company that is a member of the International Organisation of Movers Firms like the GIM or FIDI. Using the services of such a company is assurance that there will be fewer complications when getting your items into Spain.

Bringing your items from the European Union is easy since there are no customs formalities you are required to complete.

However, those moving from Non-EU countries, you are required to present a change of residence form which will allow entry of your items for free. The customs officers will also ask for a certificate of non-residence from the country of origin.

A resident or a work permit also enables you to move your items to Spain without making any payments. If you do not have the documents above, you will be asked to deposit a guarantee at a Spanish bank which should be worth at least 50% of the items ferried into the country. The good news is that, once you settle down and get any of the documents above, the deposit will be returned to you.