Moving to Spain – Barcelona – Tips from Expert Movers

Home sweet home in Spain? Moving to Barcelona and Beyond

Home sweet home in Spain? Moving to Barcelona and Beyond

Regina Winkle-Bryan

Moving can be a royal pain in the rump. When I first moved to Barcelona I didn’t even know how to begin to look for a room to rent! I was, in a word, unprepared. Over more than six years I’ve become an expert at moving in Barcelona. This is due to the fact that I have moved house six times in six years. SIX! I deserve some sort of prize for all that moving.

When I first came to the city I lived in a large flat in a tiny room for a month and then had to move (that was the deal from the get-go). I moved to another part of the city, Sagrada Familia, to a slightly larger room. This was in 2005-2006 when a small room in central Barcelona went for about $450. Things have changed since then, and thanks to high unemployment and the financial crisis rent costs have come down.

Late 2006 (I think?) I moved again to a place in the Gothic and had issues with the landlord, and so, moved again, this time to a small apartment with one room and a view of the building across the street. My ex and I broke up, so I moved again, this time alone to a flat with a six floor walk-up! I had buns of steel thanks to those steps, but it was not to last forever. After a year or so I met A, and we moved into our current ‘Love Nest’. And that, dear readers, makes six. I don’t plan on going anywhere for a while.

As a moving expert, there are a few rules I live by when planning a move: A) have someone else handle the heavy lifting and removals, B) don’t accumulate a bunch of stuff you don’t need, because you’ll have to move it later! C) have red wine and/or beer on hand to drink while packing and unpacking.

Aside from these tips, you may also want to look at the Scoopettes’ list of links to helpful sites to get you moved into Barcelona or whatever city you choose in Spain (most of these are related to Barcelona): for room rentals : for apartment rentals:

British Chamber of Commerce:

Entrepreneurs Network Barcelona:

Barcelona miniguide*:

Barcelona Metropolitan:

Spain Expat:

Barcelona Connect:

Tell The Doctor: A book of Spanish language for medical appointments. Handy if you have to go to see the Doc!

Kids in Barcelona:


The American Society of Barcelona:

Barcelona Women’s Network- This one is a winner with over 200 women from 30 countries.  Fun and energetic women.


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  1. Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    You should do an article about how to rent a place long-term (either for a year or temporada) in Spain

    Not about where to find somewhere (there are plenty of sites for that). But about the actual process.

    For example, what should you expect “furnished” or “part-furnished” to mean?

    What will the rent include and what might the extra charges be (water, electricity, other taxes)?

    Will the rental agency charge you a fee? What’s a typical deposit?

    Things to check or watch out for on the contract..

    All the practical things that you need to know, rather than learning the hard way.

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    Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Hey Steve, thanks. Yes, I was thinking the same while typing away on the last post. ‘I could do more with this’………there’s so much. It’s complex. I will put it on the list. Thanks for your encouragement.


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