Removals to Gran Canaria

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Why Choose White & Company?

Planning to move to Gran Canaria in the near future? Here’s just a few of the reasons why you should consider choosing White & Company as your designated removals specialist:

  • offices & storage depots in Spain & UK
  • door-to-door packing & removals
  • founder member of BAR, FIDI & OMNI
  • award winning service
  • established in the UK since 1871
  • fully insured
  • dedicated team of trained professionals
  • tailored removals package

We’re founder members of the British Association of Removers, FIDI & OMNI and have been providing removal and shipping services to destinations all over the world for over 135 years.

Whether you’re moving to work in the busy capital city of Las Palmas and live by the beach or retire to the satellite resort towns of South Gran Canaria our specialist local knowledge will help ensure your belongings arrive safely, without disruption.

Our removals service

We offer weekly removals services to and from Gran Canaria.

This includes either full load consignments that take your belongings directly from point A to B, or part loads that are delivered shortly after your arrival.

Our extensive fleet of vehicles, specialist local knowledge and experienced staff make us the standout choice for all removals to Gran Canaria.

We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation to carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. They will answer any questions you have and offer advice where necessary.

The survey will determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The total cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in our vehicle.

Regular removals to Gran Canaria

Our dedicated teams in the UK & Spain will ensure that all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly and arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods.

Upon arrival at your local depot all effects are transferred to the export warehouse to await loading into a 20ft or 40ft container.

Depot Locations

White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots, with 19 strategically placed storage facilities throughout the UK and Spain to choose from.

Recognition

White & Company are founder members of the British Association of Removers, FIDI & OMNI, the voices of the removals industry both in the UK and internationally.

All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European Standard BS EN 14873.

Insurance

Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged or things go amiss. White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process, that’s why we offer limited liability insurance.

Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend that you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit and/or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.

Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such Marine Insurance Cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.

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Preparing for Your Move

The whole moving experience can be incredibly stressful, especially so when relocating abroad. White & Company, has been transporting goods to Gran Canaria for many years and can help make the process run smoothly on the day.

Below are some useful tips to consider before you move to Gran Canaria:

  • To settle in Gran Canaria (over 3 months), register at a local Oficina de Extranjeros for a residence certificate.
  • Research before you buy a property and consult independent legal advice.
  • Consider renting before buying to check the area is right for you and has access to work, schools, etc.
  • Consult consumer price index sites, such as Numbeo to compare the cost of living.
  • Consider if public healthcare will suffice for your family or whether you’ll need private cover instead.
  • Research customs restrictions on certain items that cannot be brought into Gran Canaria.
  • Vaccinate and microchip your pets and obtain the necessary paperwork they need to move with you.
  • Start taking Spanish lessons before you go, to help integrate quicker and gain higher paid work.

Popular Destinations We Cover in Gran Canaria

  • Gáladar
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Artenara

  • Arucas
  • Ingenio and Agüimes
  • Playa del Inglés
  • Maspalomas

  • San Bartolomé de Tirajana
  • Santa Lucia de Tirajana
  • Santa Maria de Guia

  • Telde
  • Temisas
  • Teror

FAQs

Yes. Since the introduction of motorways in the late 20th Century, Gran Canaria is very easy to navigate by car.

Public transport around Gran Canaria is provided by an extensive bus network, known in the local dialect as guaguas.

Inter-urban bus services across the island are operated by the Global bus company. A contactless electronic ticket called a TransGC Card can be purchased and is valid across the whole island.

Ferry services operate between mainland Spain, other Canary and Balearic Islands. They also operate services to Northern Africa’s Spanish territories.

Currently there is no public railway network, however, plans for a Tren de Gran Canaria railway network linking the capital with the south have been approved and it is hoped that work will soon commence.

Spanish is the native language. You will find your relocation experience so much easier if you try and integrate with the locals. It will help you feel part of Gran Canaria and its culture as opposed to feeling like an outsider.

Also be aware that as soon as you have arrived in your new country, there will be official paperwork to be completed, and the more you can speak in Spanish the more you will be able to complete without the need for assistance, and the smoother the transition will feel.

Gran Canarians are such friendly people, the fact that you are trying to speak their language makes a huge difference and shows how serious you are about staying in your new home country.

If you have a British passport and driving license and are planning to travel to Gran Canaria in 2019, here are a few helpful tips to consider:

Currently, when you travel, you only need your passport to be valid until the last day of your stay. After Brexit however, this could all change.

It would be wise to ensure that you have at least six months validity on your passport when you arrive in Gran Canaria even if it means you have to renew it early.

The same principle applies to diving licenses. After 29th March, UK licences will no longer be legal in Europe and you will need to apply for an International licence.

According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Gran Canaria is considered to have a desert climate due to its consistent warm temperatures and severe lack of rain.

Gran Canaria is noted for its rich variety of microclimates. Generally speaking, the average daytime high ranges from 20°C in winter, to 26°C in summer although higher temperatures can sometimes occur.

Winter sees cool nights but lows rarely dip below 10°C near the coast. For locations in the mountainous areas, you will experience occasional frost or snow.

The N.I.E. is an identification & tax number for foreigners in Spain. It stands for “Número de Identidad de Extranjero” which translates as Identification number for foreigners.

The N.I.E. is a necessity when you want to live, work or purchase a property in Spain. The number is only valid for 3 months in which time you have to either apply for a “Residencia” or register as a “Non-Resident”.

The N.I.E. is processed through your local police station, where a good knowledge of the Spanish language is essential. If you are not fluent, we suggest taking a translator along with you.

Unfortunately, there is a high level of unemployment in Gran Canaria.

Teaching in one of the many schools on the island is a possibility and of course in the summer season the tourist industry requires a huge army of staff to run its hotels, restaurants cafes and bars etc.

Estate agencies often require experienced people. Property buyers still prefer to deal with agents who speak their language and understand their needs. So, there is always work in south Gran Canaria’s estate agencies for go-getting people with sales or real estate experience.

Scouring the internet and resident newspapers and magazines can lead to a job. Many businesses employ people by word of mouth.

Preparing a good CV and going door to door using good old-fashioned leg work can also get results.
It takes time and hard work and patience, but employment can be found.

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