There are plenty of reasons why you might be heading to sunny Spain before the end of this year. You might have taken one of the many job opportunities, or you could be looking for a completely fresh start. You may even be thinking of retiring, spending your twilight years in a gorgeous country you have grown to love after many holidays there. So, what do you need to know about moving to this exotic paradise?
Buying A Home
I imagine the first thing you are going to need to consider is buying a house and choosing where to start this next stage in your life. Where you go will depend on the type of life you are looking for. If you are still looking for an active lifestyle, consider moving to the already densely populated, Barcelona.
If you are thinking of buying property in Spain right now, you’re in luck. House prices are at an all-time low, so it’s the perfect time to buy. You just need to be aware of the usual issues when buying a house. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is, so make sure you are buying from a reliable source. There are a lot of shady businesses just waiting to take advantage of unknowing expats.
Keeping Your Family Healthy
The Spanish health system is rated as one of the best in the world. Certainly a lot higher up the list than either the UK or America, but you will still need to organise health insurance before you travel over there. If you don’t speak much Spanish yet it is important your health company can communicate with you. In other words, make sure you get one advertised for English speakers. Caser health insurance has 24/7 service for their clients and will speak to you in your language.
Paying Your Way
Although you will find health insurance costs very little in Spain, other things can be quite expensive. If you are moving to one of the major cities, you will find that it is a costly lifestyle. If you are retiring you need to make sure that you have a good stash of funding otherwise you might be best staying in your home country. If you are going over to the work, make sure the payment offered is enough to keep you comfortable. It is not recommended that you go over before you find a job, particularly if you don’t speak the native language. If you do speak Spanish and have a good degree, you might find there are more lucrative opportunities open to you.
I hope you have found this guide useful, but remember there is a lot more to think about. So research thoroughly before you commit to the move.