Moving to a new city, let alone a new country, is hard work for a number of reasons. The to-do list might seem endless: decide where to live, find temporary and permanent accommodation, sort out paperwork and permits, and so on. If you are a parent, you will have to find a school place for your child(ren). On top of all this, you might come across with a language barrier unless your Spanish is fluent – in general, the level of English in Spain still leaves much to be desired. Our job at Moving to Valencia is to make your move easy and comfortable from day one until you are properly settled in. We work as your personal assistant and local coordinator, adapting to your specific needs. You can leave it all to us by choosing a complete service package, or get assistance with single tasks.
We know that well begun is half done. We provide information on local culture and explain how things work is Valencia. You receive information on different neighbourhoods and their services, including schooling options. We help you plan and organize your move and everything it involves. You can choose to do a tailor-made orientation tour to see different areas in Valencia and/or its surroundings, during which we explain what services and schooling options there are in the chosen area(s).
Assistance on home search – rentals and purchases.
Regardless of whether you are planning to rent or to buy a property, we offer information on different neighbourhoods and advice on the best websites and using filters. This way your home search becomes efficient. We also make sure you pay a fair price. We first contact property owners and real estate agents, arrange the appointments for viewings, and then personally accompany you to view the properties. Once we find a place to live that meets your needs and preferences, we offer assistance with negotiation, contract signing and deposit payment, and go through the contract and its terms and conditions with you.
Although finding a permanent place to live is a big step, there are still many things on the to-do list. We offer assistance with anything related to settling into your new home and home city. We help you get utilities set up, such as electricity, water, gas, broadband and phone. If you need a handyman, electrician, cleaner, babysitter or other professional, we provide you with trusted contacts. For families with children, we help you select a school / a nursery, and to complete the application and enrolment. If you wish to hire private tutor to your child, we help you find one. It is good to be aware of the fact that there are big differences between schools in Spain, so we recommend to choose one carefully.
In terms of paperwork, we help you get through the whole process, which can seem overwhelming to a newcomer. The paperwork includes applying for your NIE and resident status, registering you with the municipality, applying for a social security number, buying health and home insurances, opening a bank account and exchanging your foreign driving licence for the equivalent Spanish licence.