Moving home is often said to be in the top 3 stressful thing we can do in our lives, well while that can be true
There are many ways you can reduce the stress or avoid the stress all together
*And before I get into this article remember that moving can be stressful for both children and pets for various reasons
*Make a plan
Make a moving plan and stick to it
*what should be in my moving Plan ?
1*Start by writing a list of the tasks you need to do
And it will need to be more detailed than just pack
2* Write on the plan who is responsible for what task and what day it needs doing by
(and where possible let your kids (if you have any that is) get involved in the move so they feel involved and not left out.
*Tips for moving with Children can be found here
*And please ensure that you have no packing to be done on the morning of the move as that will increase the stress levels*
3* On the packing plan where you have the dates things need doing by, start packing early as possible, and list items that can be packed away first as they will not be needed and can be packed earlier as well as listing items that should be packed last*
*some items will not matter when they are packed *
*And list any items you don't thing you will be needing
4 *And plan in to the moving planning a decluttering As after all what is the point of taking unneeded or unwanted items
5 *Write a list of the people and companies/Organisations that need your new address
(Tv licence , gas , water , Internet , phone , Doctors etc )
*And if moving aboard Let the tv licence people know the date your moving aboard and that your moving aboard*
*and don't forget to update with the Dvla your driving licence address *
*And it is a good idea to set up with the Royal mail a redirect service for your mail *
Moving with pets don't forget to either let the vet know the new address or to register with a new vet
And don't forget to update your pets Mirco chip when you move
*and as you sort the people /companies that need the new address out tick them off the list *
6*Make sure in the moving plan you allow yourselves plenty of time , you do not want to be rushing around
7* And make sure that as soon as you know the moving dates you book the mover you want to avoid the risk of them been fully booked if you tried booking closer to the moving date
8* In relation to the above when you start the moving plan before even knowing the exact date you should start looking for the mover you want and doing research on the Mover
(Reading feedback , checking their terms and conditions etc )
9*when looking around for the mover I would suggest that only one person is responsible for this task to avoid duplicating work and causing confusing of oh have you do this or that , which movers has x spoken to or have they spoke to Y if one person is doing that stage there will be less confusing of course discuss what you have found out with your partner etc as applicable
10* Write a list of questions you have for the mover out during the initial moving planning so that you can tick them off as you are in contact with the mover and know what you need to know
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Important moving tip always be sure to check the movers Feedback
It is also a good idea to check the movers Terms and conditions
Spain is a large and very varied country, with no two areas or two towns been the same, so how do people moving to Spain decide what part of Spain is right for them ?
Well firstly everyone is different with different needs and wants, so list what you want from Spain and what you need,
For example do you want to be in an area with a large amount of fellow Brits ? (Yes/no) the upside to this is if thats what you want it makes the transit in someways easier but can make learning for example Spanish more tricky, but many people do life in areas with many people from there own country,.
Or would you prefer an area thats mixed ?
Or mainly Spanish ?
If you have children what are the schools like? and how far are they from where we are looking to life ?
Will you be there year round ?Yes then what is the summer and winter temperatures like (they vary all over Spain ) If you want for example warm but not hot Summers the more northern areas may be for you. Or if you want hot summers and Mild winter regions like Almeria, Malaga may be your preferred area
these are just a few of the questions you may ask yourself, but all I will say is be sure where you move is right for you and if in any doubt why not do short term rentals to be sure.
It is worth noting that as a rule of thumb generally in Spain houses away from the coast and outside of villages, so for example in the mountains and other inland regions are often both larger and cheaper than their counterparts at the coast, the trade off thou can be some of these houses can be very isolated and miles from the nearest shops, now if thats what you want to be alone and away from it then that is a big plus for you
A few more pictures of our hard working van loading in Wales and at the delivery near Gandia in Spain
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Ashley R Clark