We were both looking forward to attending this exhibition, but guess what? Both of us were ill; I’d had a nasty cold which had affected me so badly I ended up for several hours in A&E with chest pain AGAIN and then my husband copped it. The day we went to the exhibition, Charlie was really not well but we were both determined to go as we felt it was important to make sure that we had covered all the angles with our research.
We’d highly recommend attending these types of shows as it brings together so many different vendors to speak with when either buying a holiday home or for those who are considering a permanent move, like us.
The exhibition was well laid out according to country – you could enquire about homes in places as diverse as Spain and France to Egypt and the USA. They also had removal companies, lawyers and other vendors to speak to as well as seminars and talks from the ‘A Place in the Sun’ presenters as well as property developers, etc.
You could also audition for the show which Charlie and I did even though we both looked and felt extremely under the weather. I remember saying to Charlie ‘performance level’ even though we both felt like c**p! (Ironically, two weeks after we’d moved into our home, we had a call from ‘A Place in the Sun’ asking if we’d like to take part in the show – as Charlie said ‘we’ve missed our 15 minutes of fame!’)
We made three important contacts at the exhibition: Chesterton’s Estate Agents, who found us our home; Manzanares from Alhaurin el Grande, who became our lawyers and PSS who packed and moved all our possessions (also via PSS, we were put in touch with Transfur, who transported our fur baby, Tiger Lily-cat, to Spain – but more of her adventures later).
We cannot praise the professionalism and helpfulness of these companies highly enough – they have been so accommodating before, during and most importantly after our move; the post move aftercare and assistance has been exemplary.