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Moving to Madrid

Here at Advance Moves, we specialise in removals to Madrid from UK, with the aim of making your move to Madrid as simple and cost-effective as possible. If your planning on Moving to Madrid from UK, then ourselves and our agents can make your removal experience one of the best in the business. Advance Moves and our agents throughout Europe and the World offer a complete, reliable and cost effective removals solution for your move to Madrid no matter where you are moving from.

Our worldwide agents provide export services for clients from overseas who have household effects that they are shipping to Madrid Spain. We can also arrange a return load service for shipping from Madrid to the UK or to other worldwide destinations.

If you are Moving from London to Madrid then we have depots in both countries that can arrange storage and relocation services to areas with bad access or parking restrictions, something that is very common in both cities.

If you are thinking of undertaking a move to Madrid yourself by using a hire van then instead of renting a van, packing and storing your household goods and driving them across three countries - which can cost a small fortune as well as take a very long time - you might find it better to hire a company who can pack and move your belongings to Spain in a way that's covered completely by insurance. Our agents cutting-edge reu-usable packing materials can keep even the most delicate of items safe while moving and be far more cost effective and a lot less hard work than moving to Madrid yourself.

How to move to Madrid from UK?.......easy just have a read of the information below on moving and living in Madrid and then click on the quick quote button at the top of the page to obtain an instant online quotation for your removal to Madrid Spain.

 

Anyone moving to Madrid will find a wonderful city that is a pleasure to live in, with numerous great restaurants of very type imaginable, lively bars, art galleries and  of course two world-famous football teams. 

Madrid is the commercial and political capital of Spain, and although the centre is convincingly international it retains a distinctly Latin feel not only in the style of the buildings but also in the general vibe of the city. Expats who move to Madrid from UK have no need to fear the pressures of a high-speed lifestyle that are so often attached to other Western capitals. 

For those retirees moving to find sunnier shores and a relaxing descent into their twilight years may not relish the prospect of Moving to Madrid, it is beyond a doubt the place to go for those looking to further their career in Spain while capitalising on an attractive quality of life. 

The economy of Spain was ravaged at the hands of the global financial crisis, but the country has recovered substantially. Madrid is the best city to find a job in the country, and for those looking at moving from London to Madrid, you will find like London, Madrid boasts both large multinational businesses and a fair amount of direct foreign investment.

The price of food, eating out and drinking is cheaper than in many other European cities. That said, average salaries are also generally inferior to those in other major European capitals.

In terms of accommodation, expats will find that quality housing in Madrid can be difficult to find for a good price, and it is important to know where to search, how to negotiate and how to make a deal quickly, knowledgeably and efficiently. If you are undertaking removals to Madrid, then you will need to find an agent that knows the area well and can help you find property that will suit you. 

The healthcare is considered one of the best in Europe, and the Spanish National Health System (SNS) is available for free for all employees in Spain or EU citizens. The public education system is also well regarded, although many expat families choose to send their children to one of the many private schools that have bilingual or full English curriculum.

If you are moving to Madrid with children, you will find there are  good schools and ample activities on offer, Madrid is a good city to bring up children, and its appealing weather means that they have plenty of opportunities to entertain themselves in one of the city's many parks. Do note, however, that August can be very hot and air conditioning is a must, while winters are cold, with the occasional snowfall drifting down every other year. Many locals escape the city during august and take the month as holiday - heading to the coast where it is generally cooler.

On the whole, expats who make the move to Madrid will find that the city’s rich history and youthful enterprise make for an exciting opportunity for individuals and families alike.

As the national capital, Madrid attracts direct foreign investment as well as a fair number of multinational corporations. The largest economic sector in Madrid is its service industry. The best performing sectors within the industry include corporate services, transport, communications, real estate and financial services. There are many companies with headquarters in Madrid, shipping to Madrid via container is a large industry.

On average, expats are likely to find more job opportunities in Madrid than in other Spanish cities. However, competition for jobs in Madrid is often much higher than in other major European cities, with expats from many countries looking to move to the city.

Expats working in Madrid will receive some of the highest wages in Spain, which is an additional attraction for those moving to the city. The downside of this is that the growing population and increased demand for real estate mean that the cost of living in Madrid is also higher than the rest of the country. It should also be noted that salaries in Madrid are generally lower than in other Western European countries.

Teaching English in Madrid remains popular among expats in the city, while other industries that are popular with expat employees include IT, finance, skilled labour and engineering. If you are thinking of making a move to Madrid, it may be worth contacting one of the many Job Seeking agencies to see what opportunities are available for you.

Candidates who can speak Spanish or are willing to learn will find themselves at an advantage, with companies often offering free lessons, as do the town hall. Those who are also able to speak a third European language will find that they have more opportunities than the average job seeker in Madrid. 

Expats who come from European Union countries have the advantage of not needing a work permit for Spain, you will need to get an N.I.E. number and then you can be employed legally and pay tax and social security. Employers also generally offer job contracts to other European nationals before looking outside the continent. 

Expats who are non-EU nationals will need to have a job offer or apply to be self-employed in order to legally work in Madrid.

Finding good quality accommodation at a sensible price in Madrid can be relatively difficult. Central Madrid has continued to attract investors and expats alike, and like all cities there is more demand than availability which means that prices for rentals is high. After a dip thanks to the recession, prices are going up again and are on the same level or higher than before the crisis. 


Removals from the UK to Madrid

If you are undertaking removals to Madrid you will find the accommodation that is typically occupied by expats is an apartment with a small balcony. Usually, the more modern an apartment, the smaller the living space, as is the case in London for instance. In general, apartments that are 10 years of age or older will be of lower quality than those of a similar age found in other capital cities in Western Europe.

The typical city centre apartment sits within a charming old building, sometimes lacks light, has small bedrooms and, if it is a rental, is furnished sparsely and cheaply. You may want to consider shipping to Madrid you household effects to make a property feel more like your own home.  On the upside, city centre apartments are in close proximity to nearly everything, which eliminates the need for expats in Madrid to own a car. The city is easy to navigate and with numerous shops dotted about, and a good bus service, you will find it easy to go about daily life without the need of your own transport.

Just outside of the city centre, apartments are cheaper, larger, modern, well-equipped, and usually include a garage. In the suburbs, houses become more common, and newly constructed blocks can even include a swimming pool and tennis courts. Both furnished and unfurnished housing options are available. You may want to think about moving to Madrid from UK your furniture to make your relocation easier and make your new accommodation feel like your own. As in most large metropolitan areas, there are some parts of the city that are more desirable than others. Naturally, these are the most expensive and tend to be centrally located, close to good schools and transport connections.

Expats who already know the area in which they’d like to live, and who have already defined the criteria for their accommodation, can search for apartments online. It is also possible to check data, organise viewings, negotiate rental prices with the landlord, review the contract and manage other administrative and legal requirements via the web. Finding a reliable company to undertake for instance removals from London to Madrid is also easy to do via this medium.

If you have neither the time, or the knowledge and language skills to search for accommodation in Madrid, a real estate professional will the best resource. A Spanish estate agent’s level of English may not be the best, but in Madrid in general most companies offer an English Speaker, and they will look for apartments within their portfolio that comply with an expat’s criteria. It's important to bear in mind that agent's fees in Madrid can mount up and can reach the equivalent of 1 month's rent plus VAT.

The rental market in Madrid is under-developed compared to other Western European capital cities, which means that it can be challenging for expats to find a quality apartment. The average furnished apartment in Madrid is often of poorer quality than many expats may be used to, and most landlords expect their tenants to maintain the property themselves. It is often worth finding an unfurnished property and furnish it yourself with your own personal effects.

The good news is that the tenant selection process is not excessively demanding. Landlords choose their tenants on a first come, first serve basis; the only requirement being that the tenant shows proof of income, and can pay a security deposit amounting to between one and six months’ rent. Sharing apartments, on the other hand, is slowly becoming the default option for students and young professionals who want to live in the city centre, but who cannot afford to pay rent on their own.

If you are looking to buy property in Madrid, then you will need to look into which district is best for you.  Property in Madrid is expensive  - not quite London prices but not far off, and it is important you make the right choice when it comes to the area you are moving to.

The Chamartin district is one of the most exclusive in Madrid and one of the most expensive. Located in the north of the city, it is as emblematic as the regions of Prosperidad, Hispanoamérica, Nueva España, district of Jardín, City Garden and, above all, El Viso. Moreover, its strategic location in the capital bordering the district of Salamanca, Tetouan, District of Lineal and the Fuencarral-El Pardo. The population, according to the last census, consists of more than 140,000 people, many of whom have high purchasing power. Undoubtedly, its peaceful atmosphere and its wide range of leisure facilities are the most attractive aspects.

Chamberí is one of the most popular districts of Madrid. In fact, according to records from the last census, it has about 150,000 inhabitants within its borders. In addition, it is divided administratively into six different neighbourhoods (Rios Rosas Vallehermoso, Almagro, Trafalgar, and Arapiles Gaztambide), each with its own characteristics. Undoubtedly, the excellent public transport, the housing variety and the clean air you can breathe are the main reasons why Chamberí is such a desirable place to live in.

Salamanca district is one of 21 districts that makes up the municipality of Madrid. Specifically, its name is due to the Marqués de Salamanca, a Malaga architect who promoted its construction during the nineteenth century. Currently, it is considered one of the most elite and exclusive neighbourhoods of the capital of Spain and part of Europe and therefore, people who live in this district have a really high purchasing power. In fact, the price of houses per square metre is (3756 euros on average) which is the highest in Spain.

The Centro District is without doubt one of the most famous districts in the capital of Spain and one of the most attractive places in which to live in. In fact, despite having only 5.23 square kilometres, according to the latest population census the total population reaches almost 150 000 people. Moreover, it is the oldest district and within it, has room for the main buildings and monuments that make up the 'Madrid de los Austrias'. La Puerta del Sol, the post office, and Royal Palace and the Casa de la Villa are among the best known landmarks in this city.


The Retiro district of Madrid is one of the most emblematic and well-known parts of the city. Furthermore, the district is made up of Pacific Ibiza, Jeronimos, oleanders and Baby Jesus, all of them being highly exclusive and elite. Of course, we must not forget that within its borders, there lies a place that's one of the main tourist attractions of the capital of Spain known as the Retiro Park, a real green lung in the heart of city. In short, it's a privilege to live in the heart of the capital of Spain, with excellent communications and a great atmosphere characterised by total tranquility.

 

Many madrileños send their young students to private Catholic schools, which are subsidised by the government and form an important part of the system of education in Spain. The Spanish still holds true to many Catholic traditions and childrens tuition is very important.  Tuition at these institutions is often much less expensive than European private schools. However, subsidised schools also teach Spanish curricula in the Spanish language, and can be similarly difficult for newly arrived expat children. 

Independent and international schools in Madrid teach in English, but both tend to be on the expensive side. Independent private schools in Madrid can cost thousands of euros a year and expat parents should be aware that some of them might refer to themselves as international schools while teaching Spanish curricula in a foreign language. These tend to be more popular with the locals than the expat community.

There are, however, plenty of international schools that uphold the teaching language and curriculum of countries such as the United States, England and Germany. These schools are more experienced in accommodating students who have previously studied different curricula and act as an effective bridge between a student's home country and their new environment. 

All reputable schools of this kind are registered with the embassy of their home country. Many international schools have long waiting lists, and expat families are encouraged to enroll their children well before the school year begins.

A blend of old-world charm and contemporary chic, although the landlocked capital lacks sun-soaked beaches, expats can still look forward to a host of entertainment options and a fantastic lifestyle in Madrid.

There are plenty of historical attractions in Madrid but the city also has a wide selection of more recent attractions to offer residents. 

New arrivals to the city will find that the Spanish siesta is slowly dying out, but the nightlife that traditionally accompanies it is still as active as ever, with Spaniards sleeping on average an hour less than the rest of Europe.

The Spanish capital is filled with charming sidewalk cafés, restaurants, cutting-edge bars and nightclubs. There are several much-anticipated annual events in Madrid as well as excellent shopping options and a number of cinemas and theatres which put on productions all year.

Expats with children in Madrid will also have no problem finding something to do, with everything from the Madrid Zoo to an urban beach to keep the children entertained.

Opportunities for shopping in Madrid abound. Expats can find a wide variety of quality goods from various stores, markets and malls.

The Salamanca district in the northeast of the city is where leading Spanish and international designers display their wares, while Chueca is a popular part of town for boutique stores and high-end bargains. For high-street fashions and regional foods try El Corte Ingles, while the Rastro market is good for antiques and jewellery. 

The long siesta dividing the Spanish workday has traditionally meant later hours and a populace that is especially active at night. Although this tradition has changed over the last few years, many of the people who work in Madrid still take an extended lunch break and leave the office at around 7pm or 8pm and have dinner at around 10pm.

Many of the restaurants in Madrid cater for this, staying open while everybody else is on siesta and closing when everybody returns to work. Restaurants that do close for an evening break generally open after 8pm, with the busiest time for the city's favorite spots being about 10pm.

One of the ironies of life in Madrid is that expats will be able to order some of the best seafood dishes in Spain, despite the city's landlocked location. 

In addition to typical local delicacies, expats will find that dishes popular in other regions of Spain are easily available. Although cheap street vendors abound, the best food in Madrid is generally found at sit-down restaurants.

The nightlife in Madrid is among the best in the world, and a variety of vibrant cafés, bars and nightclubs are there for expats to explore. Some of the most popular nightlife venues borrow from local influences such as traditional tavernas and flamenco dancing. There are also plenty of more conventional venues for expats to let their hair down in.

While it may be better known for its man-made structures, the city has a fair amount of green spaces that facilitate a host of outdoor activities in Madrid. The Casa de Campo is one of the biggest inner city parks in Europe, where expats will find the Madrid Zoo and the Madrid Amusement Park.

The best known among these is arguably Buen Retiro Park at the edge of the city centre. It used to be a royal garden in the 17th century and first opened to the public in 1800. Now, residents can be seen jogging and having picnics around the large artificial lake.

It is also a sporting city, hosting world-famous football (soccer) teams Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in their respective stadiums. Tennis fans will enjoy watching the Madrid leg of the ATP Masters Series, while expats who want to experience more traditional sporting fare can watch a bullfight at the famous Las Ventas bullring. 

Active expats will be able to join one of the local sports clubs in Madrid, go running in one of its many parks or conquer the hiking trails just outside the city.  Cycling is one of the great activities, as the city has many cycling trails expats can enjoy alone or with family. The new park alongside the Rio Manzanares is also a popular outdoor place.

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