When In Spain Podcast Interview: Moving to Spain with Children

We were recently interviewed for the When In Spain podcast, talking about moving to Spain with children. For those readers who follow our blog and social media posts, you will know that we share the truth about living in Spain. The good, the bag and the sometimes downright ugly.

For any newcomers, don’t be afaraid. There is always a solution to every situation. However, research and homework, in adundance, are essential for a successful relocation with or without children!

Pour yourself a cuppa, sit back and remember to send us your questions once you have listened to the interview.

 

Over to Paul, from th When In Spain podcast …

I talk to Lisa Sadleir who runs the Family Life in Spain blog about the practicalities of moving to Spain with children. Lisa has spent more than 20 years in Spain and has raised her own two children here and she’s also helped many other families make the move.

We examine all of the factors to consider when relocating as a family including which type of school to choose, state, private or bilingual. We run through the Spanish State education system and look at the pros and cons for the different schools available.

Lisa also shares her advice for helping your children integrate into Spanish culture and community and gives some tips for making the transition as stress-free as possible.

Lisa has also written a book called Moving to Spain which you can find on Amazon here. She also runs her own house finder service and relocation consultancy for anyone thinking about moving to the Málaga area of Spain. movetomalaga.com

 

Listen to the When In Spain podcast episode via the links below…

Apple Podcasts/ iTunes: https://apple.co/2D3wS5P
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Ci2wuA
TuneIn Radio: http://tun.in/tjb2Hn
Android: https://bit.ly/2H4Qdaz
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2M9zCl5

When in Spain website: http://wheninspain.blubrry.net/

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Top Tips for Renting an Apartment in Madrid

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Getting the perfect rented apartment in Madrid or any place requires careful attention to details. You must bear in mind certain information that aids the rental search. Here are a few tips that will aid you in renting a great apartment in Madrid.

 

7 Things to Consider When Renting an Apartment in Madrid

 

1. Budget:

This tip may sound basic but it is very important especially when it comes to renting an apartment. You must work out the budget needed for the apartment. Make sure that your budget works fine with your monthly budget. Your budget should be a realistic one, you should not spend more than 30% of your annual income on housing. Your renting budget could depend on the area you want to rent an apartment.

 

2. Furnished or Unfurnished Apartment:

You should also consider if you want to rent a furnished or unfurnished apartment. It is best that when you are renting for the short term, you get a furnished apartment. When going for an unfurnished apartment, it is best done on long-term rentals in Madrid. Then you can do your furnishing yourself. You must also bear in mind that furnished apartments are more expensive and they require a larger deposit.

 

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3. Look Online:

When you are ready to rent an apartment you should start browsing for some Spain rental websites. You can also call the numbers listed on the websites instead of sending an email or message. Most good houses in Madrid do not stay long in the open market so, don’t wait on it. When you get or see an apartment you love, it is best to get in touch with the landlords or agents.

 

4. Using an Estate Agent:

When making use of some websites, the contact numbers listed there are usually that of agents. When using an agent, you should also bear in mind that you can incur some extra expenses. Sometimes, you can get in direct contact with the landlord of the less expensive building. Although, estate agents are normally the ones that advertise the best apartments.

 

5. Pick out the right questions to ask when viewing apartments:

You should ask the right questions when viewing apartments with the landlord or agents. Some very good questions include the following; what is the deposit? Are the bills included? and Are their community fees or if they are included?

 

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6. Air and Heating Condition:

You must find an apartment that provides you with great air conditioning or heating system. Since Madrid weather can be very cold in the winter and incredibly hot in the hot summer months.

 

7. Energy Certificate:

It is important that you also check for an energy certificate in any apartment in Madrid. When an apartment ranks the G certificate, the bills are likely to be on the higher ends unlike apartments with the A certificate.

 

 

So there you have 7 Top Tips for finding an apartment in Madrid. Go through each of the mentioned tips carefully in order to get the most out of them while searching for your apartment. You should give yourself plenty of time to find an apartment that suits you.

 

Why not check out our 6 Tips for a Tasty Trip to Madrid: Must Do’s for Food Lovers post 🙂

 

Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Moving To Spain

Six Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Moving To Spain

 

 

Moving overseas can be a fantastic adventure, especially when heading somewhere as beautiful as Spain. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and romance of the prospect. However, if you’re expecting a smooth transition, you may be disappointed. Relocating is hard and complex work. There are many potential complications that could trip you up along the way. The good news is, they can be avoided. With that in mind, here are six critical mistakes to avoid when moving to Spain. 

 

Six Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Moving To Spain

 

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1. Buying Property Too Soon

Falling in love with an area is often the driving force behind a decision to relocate. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t commit to purchasing a particular property before moving to Spain. If you’re able to do so, it’s better to rent a house for a year or two before buying. This gives you enough time to get used to the area and learn whether or not you really want to live there for the rest of your life. 

 

2. Waiting To Find Employment

Although you shouldn’t rush to buy a house, you will need a job right away. After all, you can’t survive on excitement alone. Thankfully, today’s technology means you might be able to keep your current job for a while. With cloud computing, teleconference tools, and remote desktop for Mac, it’s easy to telecommute. When this isn’t possible, start researching jobs in the local area.

 

3. Picking A Bad Removalist

When you ship your belongings overseas, you need to know they’re in good hands. Many expats make the mistake of choosing the cheapest removal company they can find. You have to be smarter than that. While cost is important, make sure you look into other factors, like past customer reviews. You must also check that the company you choose has the right insurance. 

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4. Taking Everything With You

The more you take to your new home, the more stressful the move will be. After all, you’ll have more belongings to pack and unpack, which makes the process trickier. The costs will be higher too, as your things might require a larger truck or container. Because of this, you should declutter your home before moving. Many expats also sell most of their furniture and buy new things later. 

 

speaking Spanish5. Avoiding Learning The Language

Only being able to speak English shouldn’t hold you back from seeing the world. However, it might stop you from fully immersing yourself in it. When you can’t speak the local language, you’ll find it difficult to become a part of the local community. That is why you should start learning the language before you plunge into your new life in Spain. Trust us, it really will make a huge difference to your experience of life in Spain!

6. Overlooking The Hidden Costs

Moving house is an expensive process, especially when moving abroad. Many people underestimate just how much it will cost to relocate. These costs, however, will depend on many different factors, so make sure you do your research. Once you have, you can create a budget and start saving up. Make sure you have enough cash to cover any unexpected costs too.  For more details on this, and to help you budget, check out our Online Calculator for Moving to Spain

 

Moving abroad can be tricky, but you’ll find it easier to do if you avoid making the mistakes listed above. Remember, we are here to help!

 

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