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Moving to a New Country - Holiday Home

Published on Monday, 30 July 2012

Moving to a New Country - Holiday HomeThinking of moving to a new country? If so, you are not alone. A lot of Brits nowadays are falling in love with their holiday destinations and actually choosing to permanently relocate. This comes as no real surprise, considering that the housing prices around Europe are falling rapidly and travel is becoming increasingly simplified. With no visa restrictions and plane and the rise of low budget air travel companies, even if you decide to relocate from Britain to southern Europe, you are never more than two or three hours away from home. It is therefore no wonder that a significant amount of people are choosing to escape the gloomy English weather and flee to the warmth and colour of Spain, Italy or Greece for the summer. The idea of a holiday home is also becoming ever more popular. But, if you choose to live in one place half the time and in another for the rest of the year, how does that affect your removals and packing? What do you need to bring? What do you need to have in each place and how do you treat the whole endeavor? This article aims to provide some helpful tips and advice to help you make the most out of moving to your holiday home.

1.    If you've already bought your new home, you now need to furnish it. Since you will not be leaving your original home permanently, at least most of the furnishings will have to stay. This is good, in that it will help you save quite a lot of money and stress on removals. You may want to move some chairs, maybe some decorations or tables, a sofa, that kind of thing. For these, you probably will not need to hire a remover, as they can easily be transported in a single van.

2.    This means that, unless your holiday home is already furnished, you will have to furnish most of it yourself. Generally, you will save quite a bit of money if you shop locally. You will also be able to furnish and decorate in the local style, therefore making your holiday experience more authentic and in tune with the local customs.

3.    A good strategy would  be to make  a checklist of all of the things you think you will need at your holiday place and then think which of these you can simply move from home. This will save you some money on buying things anew, but it cannot be done with everything.

4.    Consider using some of the same items in both places. Maybe, instead of buying completely new bedding kits, you could simply get a larger suitcase and bring bedding with you when you visit. This can be done  with a lot of things.

5.    Consider the maintenance of your holiday home. Houses and flats tend to require frequent repairs or cleaning. If you aren't going to be around for half of the year to do these things, you will need to figure out an alternative. A regular cleaning service is a good idea, as is relying on some friends in the area to visit once in a while.

6.    Lastly, when you arrive in the new place for the first time, do not leave any boxes or cases lying around. It is sometimes tempting to delay the unpacking process, but consider this: you will be living there a few months at the longest. You do not want to spend half that time living out of boxes, do you?
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