we have been thinking about it for a few years now and have now finally made the decision to move to spain
have sold my house in the uk and are at moving to the southern costa blanca / quesada
we are going at the end of june and have arranged to rent a property for the first year whilst looking for somewhere to buy
am looking at setting up a similar company there as i have here basically domestic garden maintenance
anyone on here has a similar experience i would be interested to hear
its lovely up there but i think is a little more expensive across the board than the costa blanca
i agree withe some of the others ,i own a property on Quesada have done for 6 years,
most complexes have tiled fronts and rear ,with the odd orange and lemon tree
if i was living there i would try to do as much property work as possible , doing fixture and fittings
the complex were on have gardeners local spanish they do all the green and pool cleaning
beleive me there is work out there ,thing is there is a lot of cowboys,and people turn up at your property
dreesed as if they are going out,and not come to work ,lol
the biggest problem we find is getting someone trustworthy,because everything is cash
we hire a english cleaner to do our holiday let cleans good money in it ,
where abouts on Quesada will you be , i am about a 5min walk from the Hotel La Laguna
another thing is British are still trying to charge english rates ,eastern europeans are working for 40euros a day
causing a few problems with the local spanish builders
anyway hope things work out for you what ever you do ,may bump into you i'm over in sept
There seem to be a lot of garden designers who have second homes in France, Spain, Italy etc. Not all actively work in those countries but because garden design isn't so prolific in Europe as it is in the UK there's potential for work.
renting just down the road from the waterpark
Southern Spain is a rather a mysterious place even to Spaniards. I am from the north and the South baffles me every time I have to go down there or work with/for Southerners.
Spain has lots of rules and you must appear to follow them whilst breaking them to gain respect.
B Money is rife, like tax avoidance. So are other workarounds and shortcuts. It is not a business friendly environment: most rules are made by people who kept the same cushy job for 30 years.
Social relations are important. Do not offend people unnecessarily. We tend to be a little bit indolent, but we are not stupid.
When it comes down to time keeping and certainty of outcomes, Flexibility, is important. You have to be there when whatever it is important to you is happening. Don't complaint if things go belly up because you trusted people.
Trust is a relationship that offers diminishing returns in warmer climates.
As a foreigner, you will pay over the odds (Guiri Tax).Take it easy and work your way to better prices.
It may be a good idea to go back again and again to people that do work for you and appear to be botchy or careless at first. If you work the long term, you may get results and inside contacts.
Your natural clients will be Expats, they mostly live in a bubble and re freaked out by the natives and their ways. Not to worry, if Gibraltar keeps the landfill job up, they will be reaching Alicante in no time. Home from home.
The trick in Spain is to manage uncertainty, take easy, work the social side of things, show people some respect and talk football at all times. Enjoy the sun and the cheap wine and save the whining about the country for other expats.
We already know this country is hopeless, but we didn't come here out of choice.