Removals to Tenerife

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    Why Choose White & Company?

    Planning to move to Tenerife in the near future? Here’s just a few reasons why you should consider 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 more than 150 years.

    Whether you’re moving to the capital of capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for work or the leafier terrain of Santa Cruz to enjoy your retirement our specialist local knowledge will help ensure your belongings arrive safely, without disruption.

    Our removals service

    We offer weekly removals services to and from Tenerife.

    This includes either full load consignments that take your belongings direct 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 Tenerife.

    We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation, 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 vehicles.

    Regular removals to Tenerife

    Our dedicated teams in the UK & Spain will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly. They will 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.

    We have 19 strategically placed storage facilities throughout the UK and Spain to choose from.

    Carrer d’Alacant 5a, 07183 Calvia,
    Mallorca, Illes Balears, Spain


    We are founder members of the British Association of Removers, FIDI & OMNI – the voices of the removals industry in the UK and worldwide.

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


    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 you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit 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 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

    Moving to Tenerife from the UK is a different prospect than moving locally. You might have been to Tenerife on holiday various times but packing up your bags and moving there permanently raises certain challenges.

    White & Company have been transporting household items and goods to Tenerife for many years and can make the process run smoothly on the day.

    Our experienced moving team can help put you at ease and answer any questions you might have about the process of moving abroad.

    Below are some useful tips to consider before you move to Tenerife:

    • Register to settle in Spain (over 3 months), at a local Oficina de Extranjeros for a residence certificate.
    • Search for work – if you are relying on work to sustain your life on the island be aware much is centred around the tourism industry and is not as high paying as back home.
    • Rent before you buy – Tenerife is split into 32 different municipalities with the cities of Santa Cruz and La Laguna the most popular and thus expensive.
    • Research education options before you leave – there are various international schools catering to British students throughout the island and a university in La Laguna.
    • Vaccinate and microchip your pets and obtain the necessary paperwork they need to move with you.
    • Start taking language lessons – Speaking Spanish will not only elevate your job prospects but will also help you to integrate into life on the island.

    Popular Districts in Tenerife

    • Costa Adeje
    • Playa de la Arena
    • Playa de las Americas
    • Playa Paraiso
    • Puerto de Santiago
    • Los Cristianos
    • Guia de Isora
    • Los Gigantes

    The right area can make so much difference to the type of life you lead in Tenerife, and what you get out of it.


    If you are an EU citizen you do not need a work permit to get a job or to work on the island.

    You will need to register with the local town hall, a process called empadronamiento.

    The police will come and check with your neighbours that you live where you stated on the application form and you are then issued a Certificado de Empadronamiento.

    Dining out, alcohol, cigarettes and fuel are much cheaper than in the UK.

    However, there are other positive cost advantages you may not have thought of, like no heating bills, low average rates and a one-climate wardrobe.

    The cost of a 3-course mid-range meal is around €37 (£32). Fuel is currently 98 cents (85p) per litre and a mid-range bottle of wine €5 (£4.30).

    You will find that rent in Madrid is higher than the rest of Spain but still significantly cheaper than most places in the UK.

    Currently, you can expect to pay approximately €886 (£775) for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre. Prices drop to around €650 (£565) outside of the main districts.

    A three-bedroom family property will cost anywhere in the region of €1,200 and €2,000 monthly and this will need to be factored against other living costs such as school fees and food shopping.

    You must obtain your NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjer) as soon as possible. Without this, buying or renting a property is much more complicated.

    You will also need your NIE to buy a car and to obtain a local mobile phone contract.

    Once you have your NIE number you can apply for your social security number. A process which is called ‘empadronamiento’ and can be carried out at the local town hall.

    The right area can make so much difference to the type of life you lead in Tenerife, and what you get out of it. Some of the most popular places to live are:

    • Playa de las Americas and Adeje. Both are stylish towns, brimming with lively bars, restaurants and beaches, perfect for sun seekers and party goers alike.
    • Puerto de la Cruz is a favourite for families. More traditional than other towns, it offers plenty of shops and plazas and access to some beautiful botanical gardens.
    • Tegueste is a tranquil town that offers a taste of true authentic Tenerife.

    Even if you bank with a Spanish bank in the UK, such as Santander you will need to register and open a separate account in Spain.

    You can open a non-resident’s bank account without an NIE number, but you will have to change this once you have your NIE number.

    To open a bank account in Tenerife you must be over 18 years of age and bring the following documents:

    • Photographic proof of identity such as a passport.
    • Proof of your occupation status (employment contract or payslip)
    • Confirmation of address (utility bill, driving licence or council tax bill no older than 3 months)

    EU citizens are free to purchase property in Madrid and there are no restrictions.

    When going through the process of buying through a vendor you should consult a Spanish speaking realtor and ensure:

    Before you complete your property purchase you should make sure that:

    • you have seen the land registry extract (nota simple), available from the Colegio de Registradores (translations into English for an additional fee)
    • the property and land for sale match the details registered and the sellers are the registered owner(s)
    • there are no debts or charges, such as a mortgage, on the property
    • there are no legal proceedings initiated against the property for contravention of planning law

    There are around 30,000 Brits out of a total island population of 600,000 currently living the dream.

    Some have retired to enjoy a relaxing time in the sun, others arrive with young children keen to start a new life.

    Tenerife is the largest and most populated island of the seven Canary Islands. Served by two airports, Tenerife-North Airport and Tenerife-South Airport, it’s a short four-hour flight back to a large selection of UK airports.

    The island provides excellent medical facilities and schools and both English and Spanish private schools are available at reasonable prices.

    Activities are as endless for residents as they are for tourists to the island. Every type of water sport is catered for from big game fishing, excellent windsurfing and diving to sailing and angling.

    Tenerife’s world class golf courses offer plenty of choice for the keen golfer. There are excursions to suit every interest and level of fitness from dolphin and whale trips to a 22-mile downhill glide on rafting bikes.

    There are theme parks galore including Monkey Park, Aguilas Park, and the award-winning Siam Water Park. Horse riding and rock-climbing clubs are well attended too.

    Tenerife may be the largest of the Canary Islands but it can be easily navigated by car or by taking advantage of one of the islands’ affordable bus routes.

    Driving is a great way to take in all the beautiful sights this majestic Island has to offer and is both practical and convenient. Be aware however that driving standards differ greatly from in the UK. Rules of the road include:

    • Speeds on motorways are restricted to 110 kph while others are 120 kph.
    • All passengers must wear seat belts at all times and children aged 12 and under are not allowed to sit in the front passenger seat.
    • Parking on yellow or white lines is strictly forbidden at all times of the day/
    • Travel by moped and scooter is common and you will need to be aware of such drivers overtaking by regularly checking your mirrors, especially in built up areas.

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