Relocating to Spain


'Preparation, Preparation, Preparation'- when relocating to Spain!

  Yes, the location, location, location theory has been well documented and is of course a very important part of the moving process but you cannot afford to overlook the preparation and planning of your proposed move to Spain. Every single person, couple or family has unique circumstances, motives, desires and reasons for their planned move to Spain but good preparation is fundamental in making your move successful. In the year 2009 the whole world fell in to crisis and Spain was hit hard, then the property bubble burst around the same time! As we reach the end of 2015, Spain is still in the middle of a recession, many austerity cuts have been put into place and the Country has an unbelievably high unemployment rate. This makes it even more important to do your homework and make your move a success, especially if you are looking to make it a permanent one. But we are here to help make that possible.

'Speaking Spanish' - when relocating to Spain!

  The idea of this article is not to scare you but to warn you that if you haven’t done your homework before selling up lock stock and barrel you will be in for a rough ride, only the toughest survive and the strain it can put on a relationships is tough, even harder if you have a family in tow. It really is hard to fathom how many people still decide they are going to move and live in Spain but do not have any idea where they want to live, what they will do for work, etc…Even those that do and come with the idea of setting up some kind of business seem to forget that in nearly all cases they will have to deal with the Spanish; whether it be to order goods, take deliveries or deal with general services … you will need a grasp of the Spanish Language. May be you’ve heard that isn’t the case on the Costa del Sol but the Costa del Sol is saturated with British run bars, shops, hostels, B & B´s, etc. I have heard of people running bars, working long hours and only breaking even due to the high competition and cut throat price wars. The established and successful have probably been there 20 years or more. For those of you who are reading this and thinking of moving to Spain, we will be giving you a few practical tips to help you try and succeed, especially when it comes to preparation.

'Tips to Follow' - when relocating to Spain!


Give yourself as much time as practically possible before your planned move.
Read books about moving to Spain and investigate on the Internet.
Outline all your reasons for moving to Spain, write them down and then try to find the place in Spain that fits most, if not all of your needs and desires.
Try and narrow down 3 or 4 areas that tick the YES box for most of your requirements.
If you can, and this might be difficult and expensive if you have a family, take a trip of about a week or so to discover if your choices come up to scratch in reality. Go out of the holiday season (Oct/Nov).
If you are going to be buying property, make sure you do your sums correctly. Get professional, independent, financial advice.
Think about how you are going to support yourself, financially.
Start taking Spanish lessons.
This is probably a very good time to buy property, especially if you are a cash buyer but you still might want to think about renting for a while. You can then use this as a base to check out other areas as well as seeing if it is the right place for you.

'How things work in Spain' - when relocating to Spain!

These are just a number of things you can do to help avoid the pitfalls, insecurity and language barriers when moving to Spain. It is possible to come up against some real trouble with bureaucracy, ignorance and conflicting information as well as lack of knowledge on specific matters, within some local authorities and government departments when moving to Spain. With all of that said; once you come to terms with how things work in Spain, learn not to expect things to happen as you are used to and join in the relaxed mañana way of life, I do not think you will regret it! The quality of life that you can have in Spain for you and your family can be truly fantastic. The outdoor life in Andalucia is great for children and adults alike, living under clear blue skies, eating fantastic food and drinking al fresco, where children are welcome in bars, the fiestas and the siestas, whether you enjoy mountains or beach or even both, I can honestly say for me, the Costa de la Luz and the province of Cadiz is definitely, Location, location, location. As for the Preparation, well, I know from experience no matter how much and how well you prepare, there is always going to be something happen that you just cannot predict but the more time you put into the preparation of moving to Spain, the easier your life will become when integrating into the Spanish culture and way of life. Here’s wishing you a successful move to Spain!

Paul Shoulders has lived and worked in Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, since 2003 and is the Managing Director of Ole Solutions, a Relocation & Property Management company focusing on Cadiz province which incorporates the Costa de la Luz. Paul is an expert on the province of Cadiz and it’s towns, cities & villages. He has helped many foreigners to relocate to the area, in both the purchasing & renting of property. For more information about moving to Cadiz or Relocation Services please contact Paul at via the questionnaire or send a direct e-mail to

Paul Shoulders

Managing Director, Ole Solutions

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