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Moving abroad

One of the most popular destinations for British expats is Spain.

Moving to Spain:

The first few years in any new country are the hardest, you will need to get to know your new area, local customs and people. One of the best ways to do this is to mix with as many locals as you can even if you feel uncomfortable at first. They will open many new opportunities for you as well as giving you a real look at how the Spanish live. If you are moving to Spain and you really want to stay there then you must learn to Speak Spanish.

There are many people that are living in Spain and who have less than a basic understanding of the language and it is possible to live this way for many years.

It is a shame if you are moving to Spain long term and can’t understand what your locals are saying, not only that but with some basic phrases you will find that the locals will open up to you and this will speed up your integration and help you live the way you first dreamed of. Many local Spanish people want to learn English so this is a great way for you to help them as they help you, just ask at your local bar and you will be surprised at how many want to learn.

Mix with the locals as much as possible and your stay in Spain will be a permanent one.
The Spanish people live on the street in general rather than being enclosed in their homes in front of the television. This is changing on a day to day basis but is exemplified by the fiestas that every single small village holds at some time in the year.

If you come to Spain and do not learn the language then don’t expect too much back. If you make an effort to learn the language the Spanish are most generous with their time and extremely curious about the expats who come to live here. The secret to having a great relationship with your neighbours in Spain is to communicate because the Spanish love talking and giving opinions.

By David C Wright.

Is moving to Europe easy?

Moving across Europe is easy and Europe owes this fact to the immense connectivity that is maintained between various countries by road, rail and air. At any given time, there are numerous ways to travel between various European cities. Get on a fast moving train or a bus or catch a flight and find out how things get operated here.

Trains run across the whole continent; on land and under the sea as well! The Eurostar runs from United Kingdom (London) to France (Paris) and Belgium and in future, the world will witness the Eurostar connecting rest of the places as well. There are other high speed trains that are part of the European transport network and run between various destinations and provide an exhilarating experience to the travelers.

Traveling by air is another popular way of traveling here, though it may be costly at some places. One may have to shell out more bucks while landing in Paris than landing in other cities. So, what is the way out for traveling to such cities or sending couriers to Europe? Catch a flight to any other city in vicinity of such cities and travel by land or by rail. In this way, plenty of bucks can be saved while enjoying a ride across the beautiful landscape.

Services of European removals operators can be sought to send stuff between different places anywhere in the region. Removal service providers can be of a great help in sending items of personal and office use from and to almost all European countries including Portugal, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands etc.

By Ella Gold

12 Moving tips:

1. Prepare Ahead - When moving house, you will have to organise many things ahead of time. Make a list of the things you have to do. Get plenty of packing material, think about the furniture and other belongings that you want to move, and the items you need to leave behind. If you have small children, or pets, for example, you will also have to organise care for them.

2. Moving boxes - You may have already bought your new home, but to get the moving process going, it is essential to get moving boxes and other packing material. You can either buy your moving boxes from your local removal company, or you may decide to get hold of moving boxes from shops in your neighbourhood for example.

3. Communicating with your moving company - It is essential to choose a moving company that is willing to help you whenever you need advice, and with whom you can communicate effectively. Establish the date of moving well ahead, do not be afraid to discuss anything you need to know, and confirm the removal again a few days before the moving day as well, to avoid any misunderstandings.

4. Access for the removal van - Think about how the removal van can access your current and future home, advise your neighbours that the van will be parking outside your house, and get any necessary permits.

5. Decide what to take and what to leave behind - You will not necessarily want to take everything with you, especially if you are moving abroad. Make a list of the things you are definitely taking with you - It is also useful to have an inventory when you are unpacking, and it is a requirement at customs when you are moving abroad. Don’t just throw away the items you are leaving behind. Ask your relatives and friends if they want anything, give the things to charities, or organise a garage sale.

6. Think about your new home - Draw up a map of your new home. If it is considerably smaller than your current home for example, you definitely need to leave some things behind. If you start packing based on how you are planning to unpack in your new home, moving in will be much easier.

7. Packing - You can either order a professional packing service from your removal company, which is highly recommended if you are moving abroad, or if you have many fragile and valuable items, or you can decide to pack yourself. If you will be packing yourself, you should start packing your items a few weeks before the moving day, and go through everything systematically. Label moving boxes clearly, and pack essential items only in the last few days. Don’t put too many or too few items into one box.

8. Notify gas, electric, gas and water companies in advance - As you are changing address, you will have to notify these companies, banks, friends and relatives to send your mail to your new address. Notify your employer, and if you have any children, you will have to take care of changing schools as well.

9. Do not pack personal documents, jewellery and money - You might need these items during the removal, or while they are in storage. Don’t pack items that you will need right after you move in, or always keep track of where you are putting them.

10. Research the area where you are moving - If you are moving to Europe or overseas, it is very important to get to know as much about the new country as you can, before moving there. This way, the transition will hopefully not be stressful for you and your family. Even if you are moving within the UK, it is advisable to get to know as much about the new area and the neighbourhood as you can.

11. Be present on the moving day - To ensure that everything goes as planned with the removal team, it is important to be present on the moving day.

12. Check your old home once more - Check that you have not left any items behind. Also turn off gas, electricity and close all the windows.

By Stuart K Reed

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Worst experience! Contacted them at the end of January and was told they could have my stuff delivered around the 18th of feb when we moved so I cancelled a original booking with a different company and paid the deposit including the remaining balance on the 5th of February. It’s now the 1st of March, still no delivery! So no furniture clothes or anything for myself my husband and children including two babies and have just been told hopefully the 6th or 7th of March! Not good enough. I would rather pay extra and have stuff delivered on time and when your originally told instead of having the first date lied about to get your custom then pushed further and further back. I would recommend as it’s turnt our move into a nightmare!
I was impressed by the communication. IMove dealt with all my queries and requests promptly and efficiently. The crew contacted me directly to advise on their arrival and kept to time. All together a good service and reasonably priced. Thank you.
We recently used Imove International to move all of our household items from UK to Thailand, and found the entire process from initial quote to final delivery very easy. We had a sole use 20ft container, which was perfect for the contents of our 2 bedroom house. The chap who came to do the quote was able to reassure us that the container lorry would be able to reach our house ok, as that was one of our worries. The 2 man packing team arrived at 8:30am on the Thursday and set about wrapping and boxing everything. I can't speak highly enough about how hard they worked that day - it was virtually impossible to get them to stop for a tea break. The only thing it would have been useful to know in advance at that stage was that they wanted us to remove the pedals from our 4 bicycles, and turn the handlebars so that they were in line with the wheels, but it was sorted in a matter of minutes. The following day a 3 man team turned up and completed the packing. The lorry was due a 12:00, but in fact got delayed until about 3:00pm. As the weather was good, the lads moved everything out on to the front drive in the meantime, in order to make the loading faster. I had asked the neighbours to leave the communal parking area free for the day, which made it much easier for the lorry to manoeuvre when it arrived. The loading only took about 30 minutes, and we waved goodbye to our goods, en route to Felixstowe Docks. The thing that amazed me most was that there was not a single scuff mark left on the internal walls of our newly decorated house! Imove had provided us with a link to a web portal which had all the details of our shipment updated on it, including estimated arrival date in Thailand. It also included the name of the ship our container was on, and I was delighted to discover a web site ( where I could track it's progress in real time. (Note to Imove - perhaps you could add that link to your web portal?). About a week before it was due to arrive in Thailand the agent at this end contacted us and talked us through all the paperwork necessary for customs clearance at this end. The ship arrived exactly on schedule, and we visited the agent to drop off passports, ID cards, etc that they needed to clear the shipment with customs. That went very smoothly, and when we returned to the agent to collect our documents we got to meet the driver who was going to deliver the shipment to our house in northern Thailand - a 700km journey. Luckily I was able to give him our exact location on Google Maps, which avoided the hassle of trying to explain a rather obscure location. The lorry arrived exactly on schedule, at 8:30 on a Sunday morning, and again it only took the 4 lads about 30 minutes to unload it. They did offer to unpack everything and remove all the packing materials, but we declined that, as most of our stuff will probably remain in boxes for the next few months while we build a new house here. So, all in all it was a very simple process, and very professionally managed.