While the idea of relocating to Spain during the summer might sound appealing, there are some special considerations you should bear in mind. This article outlines the potential challenges with summer moves to Spain to help you make an informed decision.
Challenges of Moving in Summer
Administrative Delays: Summer is a popular time for holidays in Spain, which can lead to delays in administrative services and processing essential paperwork. Whether you’re trying to obtain a criminal record check in the UK, booking appointments, or requesting other essential documents, be prepared for things to move more slowly in the summer.
Shorter Working Hours: Spain experiences some seriously high temperatures in July and August, so many professionals and offices switch to an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. schedule, primarily due to the heat but also due to family commitments, as Spanish school holidays run from late June to early September.
Travel and Accommodation: Summer is peak tourist season, so not only is travelling more expensive, but the price of accommodation jumps too. Finding long-term rentals can be challenging as many properties are booked for holiday lets. Be careful of committing to a “winter rent”, too. People moving in summer often take a short-term rental until the longer-term rentals hit the market towards the end of September. Going for a six-month winter rental with the aim of securing a longer-term rental before the summer hits again is not always a good idea. Don’t be caught short and homeless just before the summer season kicks in!
The Heat: Spain’s summer heat is intense. While it’s perfect for a day at the beach, it can make the logistics of moving, such as packing and transporting belongings, physically taxing. Planning movers (and shakers) to help you, plus an adequate supply of refreshments is a must!
Despite the challenges, many people relocate during the summer for tax reasons. By moving in the second half of the year and spending less than 183 days in Spain, you can avoid becoming a fiscal resident until the following year. This delay can have implications for capital gains taxes, especially for those who have recently sold properties.
Moving to Spain is an exciting adventure, but timing is crucial. While summer offers the allure of sunny days and bustling local festivities, it also brings with it certain challenges. From administrative delays to the scorching heat, there’s a lot to consider. If you’re contemplating a summer move, weigh the pros and cons and ensure you’re well-prepared for the unique demands of the season.