Will you be looking for work in your new country

Physical condition and endurance are more important for a mover than strength, he said.

“You can’t be a weakling, but you don’t need to be a weight lifter,” Emil said. “Agility is more important. You need to move quickly. How easily can you move a dresser around a 180-degree stairway?”

Will you be looking for work in your new country? If so, consider starting your job hunt before you go (use the Internet!) Will you be able to use your existing qualifications or will a period of retraining be necessary? If you’re moving somewhere where they don’t speak the same language as you then you should.

Spain is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations; furthermore the attraction of Spain’s climate, culture, beauty, cost and standard of living attracts record numbers of expatriates to relocate to its shores every year and the country already has an estimated 1.5 million foreign residents in situ.

Wet blankets: Leave behind the “friends” who share horror stories. They’ll smother your dreams.

Expensive treats: A maxed-out credit card creates stress. Think of small ways to reward yourself.

Things you always meant to do (you probably won’t read War and Peace while waiting for the moving van to arrive).

Pack seasick tablets and you’ll probably walk through a storm. Prepare for the worst and you’ll probably wonder why you worried.