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Retiring to Spain

Schepens Offers Spanish Removals for Retirement

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, retiring to Spain remains a popular option for the Brits. It isn’t difficult to see why. The country combines the ingredient many people dream of for a perfect retirement; wonderful weather, beautiful beaches, and great food. Spain is home to approximately 300,000 UK nationals, almost half of whom are over 65. A large section of Spain’s British population is primarily based in and around coastal resorts in the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Costa Brava and Murcia – where the beach is on the doorstep and the cost of living is generally lower than in the major cities.

Schepens has been helping people to retire to their dream location in Spain for decades. In this blog we’ll take a look at some of the things you’ll need to consider before making the move.

Cost of Living

Provided there is a careful consideration of where day-today costs are spent; the cost of living in Spain is generally cheaper than the UK. The running costs of utilities, electricity and water are about the same as in the UK, although expect to pay more for your internet and satellite connections.. It is common to have air conditioning in Spain, which can increase your electricity bills in the warmer seasons, as well as throughout the winter if you use the heating function much.

Visa Requirements

As an EU citizen no visa is required for Britons to retire to Spain. If we do leave Europe, there will be new regulations relating to free movement from the UK. The government is recommending that Brits contemplating a move to Spain check their ‘Living in Spain’ website for updates. At present the uncertainty as to whether we’ll leave or stay is causing fluctuations on the currency markets. This impacts on pension payments made in Spain, and so it’s worth checking what your income will be when you move.

Renting vs Buying Property in Spain

There are a couple of issues that need investigating to inform your decision whether to rent or buy property in Spain.

Rent: Rental arrangements certainly allow for greater flexibility if you have commitments in the UK – It’s certainly easier to effectively attend issues (for example: health related) if there are no long-term property agreements in place. Therefore, in any case, it’s always a good idea to rent initially to get a feel for the lifestyle before entirely committing a permanent plan.

Buy: In today’s property marketplace, there is always the chance of the market falling and leaving you unable to sell in the short term until the market recovers. Nevertheless, buying property will primarily give you greater security – and so long as you’re seeing your purchase as a long-term commitment, it’s probably the better option.


The Spanish state health service is available to all EU citizens, free of charge. It is considered one of the best in the world but, like the NHS, it’s struggling to serve a growing population. Retirees moving to Spain may wish to consider taking out private healthcare, therefore, to supplement public healthcare. This is particularly advisable if you have a pre-existing condition that requires specialist treatment.


Please call 01794 323558 for your free no obligation quote on your removal to Spain!

Tailored European Removals

Every one of our retirees planning for removals to Spain has a unique set of needs  – which is what we would expect. We’ve never yet encountered a standard move, which is why we don’t offer standard removals packages. Instead, we allocate dedicated Move Co-ordinators who work with you on your tailored removals plan based on specific requirements.

Schepens offers a comprehensive range of removals services, which include:

  • Packing. Our BAR trained professional packers can pack up your home for you, provide detailed labelling for your boxes, and create an accurate inventory for shipping
  • Insurance. Schepens provides cover for all your shipped goods whilst in transit. Should you require additional Accidental Damage or Extended Liability cover, we can arrange it.
  • Non-Standard Goods. There’s no reason to have to leave much-loved goods in the UK. We provide specialist packaging and shipping for antiques, works of art, and even pianos.
  • Self Storage. If you require storage for furniture or goods in the UK, Schepens has local storage facilities. We provide a door-to-door service, and a secure, climate-controlled environment.
  • Transport. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Customer Service

However often you’ve moved in your life, it can still be a logistical challenge – especially if you’re moving abroad. Our removals to Spain teams are professionally trained to provide proactive support, and first-class removals. Our client feedback regularly notes that the Spain removals staff at Schepens are always push ‘to go the extra mile’ in order to reduce the stress of planning your move and shipping your goods abroad.

Thinking of retiring to Spain? Schepens has a great track record for helping retirees move to their dream location. Call us on 01794 323558

Schepens run removals to and from all major towns, cities and areas of Spain including: Alicante, Almeria, Avila, Costa Dorada, Costa Da Luz, Costa Del Sol, Costa Brava, Cordoba, Cuenca, Barcelona, Burgos, El Escorial, Gijón, Granada, Gibraltar, Guadix, Madrid, Malaga, Marbella, Merida, Poblet, Ronda, Salamanca, Salobrena, Segovia, Seville, Tarragona, Toledo, Torreivieja, Valencia and Vigo

With an office located in Malaga we are perfectly positioned to help with the logistics of your move throughout Spain

Schepens International Ltd (The British Removal Company)
Poligono Industrial Fase 1,
Torre 4 – Buzon 23,
29130 Alhaurin de La Torre,
Tel: +34 952 42 64 63 

Please visit our Spain Resources page for all the best info for moving to and living in Spain.