So you have finally made the decision to come and live in Spain. It is going to be the start of a new life where you can enjoy the beautiful weather, the amazing food and lifestyle surrounded by centuries of history and culture.
There is no surprise that thousands of people move to Spain every year to live, work and study. But there can be some unexpected surprises along the way. When planning your relocation or, possibly, even things like purchase of a holiday home or expanding your business into a new market, it is better to plan ahead for any eventuality and save yourself a lot of time and effort in the long run.
Get a good lawyer who specialises in helping foreigners
Spain has a bit of a reputation for bureaucracy and paperwork, and odd rules that can change for region to region, or even from office to office on the whim of an administrator. Not to mention that if you are only just starting out learning Spanish you have a language barrier to navigate also.
Getting it wrong can lead to some eye watering-fines, especially if you have assets or savings overseas that you have not declared to the Spanish tax office.
This is why it is absolutely vital to hire a tax lawyer in Spain. A company who is familiar with the challenges of being new to the country and can guide you through all your paperwork and tax obligations. It can save you time and a lot of money. Especially taking into account that there are some tax breaks for foreign individuals, which can make a huge difference to tax contributions -especially for high incomes-.
There are immigration related problems, like setting up or buying a business or building a property which simply need a guiding hand from local experts.
Get your transport sorted when you arrive
It’s likely that when you first arrive in Spain -or at least on your initial visits- you will not have a car with you. Transporting your own car to Spain can be costly and in addition you would also need to register the car in the country, following the import proceedings. For that reason it is often better to sell your car and buy a new one when you have arrived.
But what to do in the meantime? The simple answer is to hire one. There are available some great new services now. For example, if you rent a car Málaga has some companies that are really pushing the boat out in terms of modernising car rental and bringing what customers really need into the table. For instance, it is now possible to hire an electric stand up scooter to help you zip around the city and access places you probably would not be able to with the car. It’s perfect for exploring your surroundings and getting to know your new home quickly.
The other added benefit is that you can collect the car from near the airport when you arrive. It is covered by insurance and comes with roadside assistance so can take a lot of the worry away while you get settled.
For those used to a little more style, then Luxury Car Rent Marbella is also an option. Especially if you are planning to travel around Puerto Banus, the playground of the wealthy. From the Ferrari and Porsche to the Aston Martin and Mercedes, why not treat yourself to a couple of days with these beautiful cars. After all you are looking to start a new life, why not start it in style?
Be prepared to have money available when you need it
One of the key things about those early days in a new country is access to cash, and lots of it very quickly.
For example, in some major cities like Barcelona, when you are looking for an apartment the competition is so fierce for accommodation that you can often need to transfer money very quickly to secure the property. What you do not want to do is to wait for an international transfer to complete, during which time you could have lost the home of your dreams.
This is where it can be useful to use companies like Creditosrapidos10min once you have a Spanish bank account – which you really should do immediately when you arrive. They can be sure to provide you with the funds you need in record time, in the form of a short term loan, while you make all your financial arrangements. Great for emergencies when you have assets tied up elsewhere.
The process is so simple it can be done online in minutes from a mobile phone and, depending on the amount needed, be in your account within 10 minutes. This way you will never be caught short.