Move To Malaga Testimonials

At Move To Malaga, our aim is to ensure your move to Spain is as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.  Our team do the research, share their expert experience and knowledge, cut through the bureaucratic red tape and save you hours if not months of struggle and frustration.
Your Spanish property purchase and/or move to Spain would not be the same without us. Don’t take our word for it, read what people say  …
nie or residency

“Having experienced the services provided by Lisa I can thoroughly recommend her. You might be surprised to find not all estate agents are there to help you. They tend to promote the properties that they want to sell rather than the one you wish to buy. However Lisa will converse with all the estate agents and will view the properties with you. Therefore will quickly pick-up on your requirements which saves time and money. Also she provides an abundance of information about the area from schools to restaurants plus everything else.  The help continues after your purchase with recommendations of builders and furniture shops e.t.c. With good contacts (i.e. lawyers, currency dealers) and all are reliable and trustworthy. I was very fortunate to find Lisa and can’t imagine going through the whole experience of buying in Spain without her. I hate to say it ‘ she’s GREAT’.”

John, Mijas

“Finding the ideal property from a distance is quite a challenge, especially if you are totally unfamiliar with the area like me and my wife were.

Last year (2019) we decided to buy a property in Spain as an investment and possibly to retire later on. Living some distance away in the UAE, and only having limited time to visit Spain to pick a property, were the main challenges.
Our best decision was to take the help of Move to Malaga. They made it possible. They helped pre-select areas and properties and brought us in contact with a great lawyer and mortgage broker in preparation for our visit. During our two-week visit Lisa lined up viewings and Sabine efficiently took us to the numerous locations between Estepona and Fuengirola. Once we selected our apartment in Marbella, they continued their assistance with the negotiations and until completion. Even when all was done, they took care of changing the locks and handing over the keys, and we are sure they would not hesitate to help with any needs we have in the future.


For anyone looking for a property or relocation to the Costa del Sol, we would without hesitation recommend Move to Malaga. We probably would not have been able to succeed without them.”

Richard, Nueva Andalucia

“We have relocated internationally twice before and know the stresses and strains involved in getting set up in a new home.  This was the first time for us moving to a country where we didn’t have a good command of the language. We knew we needed help to negotiate a rental contract, get our residencia, register our vehicle, convert our driving licenses and all the other bits and pieces involved with establishing ourselves in our new home.
We were so glad to find Moving to Malaga. Working with Lisa and Barbara  gave us the reassurance that we would come out of the process without too many grey hairs and bitten-down fingernails.  Barbara was patient with us while we tried to understand the process navigating the inevitable bureaucracy, and she was strong with the officials we had to deal with, pushing back and managing them in a way that we never could have done.
I can’t recommend Moving to Malaga enough. Moving to a new place is always exciting and challenging. They helped minimize the hassle and frustrations that are all part of that journey.”

Kate & Iain, El Palo, Malaga.

Huge Thank You to Lisa and Sabine for all your help, guidance and support over the last 6 months.  

Deciding to sell up and move countries is incredibly stressful, but from our first phone call, we knew we had found the right team to help us.   At all times, professional, reassuring, calming, knowledgeable and so easy to work with, we could pretty much sit back, knowing we were in safe hands throughout the entire process. 

We have heard horror stories of bureaucracy, paperwork and delays from other Brits moving to Spain, but Sabine made the whole process almost effortless…helping us open bank accounts, transferring currency, finding us a property, sorting the lease, registering on the Padron, securing NIE and Residencia, sorting Spanish Driving Licence …always with a smile…and all in 3 months…well, that has to be some kind of record, right? 

So, a big thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for giving us the very smoothest of  starts to our new life in Sunny Espagne. We have already recommended you to several of our friends who are selling up and moving over and will continue to shout your praises from the rooftops.

Thank you.

Catherine and Andrew

One word – Phenomenal! I don’t know how people move to a foreign country without the assistance of you and your team. From the first interaction with Move to Malaga we have experienced nothing but pure professionalism. Appointments are kept and prepared and the support services and connections are priceless.
I know for a fact, we would not be as settled as we are in such a short period of time without the assistance we have received. A job really well done, I would not recommend Moving to Malaga but rather Insist on it, it’s really the only way to move to Spain / Malaga!
A massive Thank you

Alison and James Norton, Grace ( 5) and Olivia ( 9)

During 2016 my wife and I decided to go to Costa Del Sol to look for a holiday home. After reading about the different areas and having looked online for lots of different types of holiday homes, I came across Lisa’s web page. Me and my wife both felt compelled to talk with Lisa, as she on her page highlighted her focus on not finding the perfect villa but most importantly the right area for us as a family.
We, therefore, contacted Lisa and had a good talk via Skype, so that she could have a good impression of us as a family. She seemed very kind, focused on our wishes and not least very trustworthy.
After meeting Lisa for the first time in Mijas, during the fall 2016, she very much confirmed our good impression of her based on the talk via Skype. One of the things we appreciated much about her guidance was her good knowledge about the local areas. Living in Denmark makes it hard to get an in-depth knowledge of the story, local culture, shops, restaurants, schools, attractions etc in the near area.
After having viewed the last of several villas during our visit, which we fell in love with, we talked with Lisa about the rental potential and decided to buy the villa.
When we first visited our new holiday home during Easter, Lisa came by for a viewing to see all the upgrades we have done on the villa.
We can only give our warmest recommendations to use Lisa as your independent adviser if you’re considering to purchase your own holiday villa or moving to the lovely Costa Del Sol.

Kim Andreasen, Mijas

“We used Lisa and her company to assist us in finding our perfect Spanish holiday home. Lisa has a dedicated passion to make sure that we found our ideal apartment in a short space of time and we have no hesitation in recommending Lisa to anyone looking to purchase a property in Spain. Highly professional and attentive throughout the whole process”

Paul & Jean, Benalmadena

“Our move to the Costa del Sol this year from Australia for our retirement was made so easy with Lisa’s expert help. Obviously, we were unable to “nip over” from Australia for a weekend to view properties and the area so Lisa’s assistance and knowledge were invaluable.
Always friendly and giving sound advice, our journey, along with our 2 cats, was virtually stress-free. We can highly recommend Lisa’s services.”

Claire and Michael, Caleta de Velez

“Move to Malaga’s support was absolutely invaluable when my husband and I recently relocated to Spain. As we were pretty unfamiliar with the area, they gave us lots of suggestions of the best areas to live in Malaga province that fit our requirements (and they really listened to what our “must haves” were) and used their extensive network of contacts to set up our viewings. They organised a full day of scheduled viewings for us, so it couldn’t have been easier for us to drive to each meeting place to meet the agent/owner of each property. On the viewing day itself, they were close to hand to liaise with the agents on our behalf to clarify any issues, rearrange late appointments etc which took a lot of stress out of the situation. When we decided on our property, I called them and within 10 minutes they had contacted the agent for us and made and agreed the offer – such efficiency was invaluable in a competitive rental market. We are now about to move into the house of our dreams in Malaga and I can honestly say that it would not have been possible without Move to Malaga’s expertise and support – not to mention patience and good humour! I wholeheartedly recommend their services.”

“It has been more than a year since we first came to Spain from the UK and 6 months since we moved up to the Costa Blanca from the Malaga area.  Still, as we meet new friends here and listen to their tales of woe regarding Spanish bureaucracy, we realise how lucky we were to have Lisa helping us through every step of our first few months here.  Where to start?  … Lisa, we count our blessings that we came across your website while researching the details involved with a move to Spain.  It’s a huge step and not for the feint of heart but, quite simply, we could not have done it without you and you will always have our grateful thanks and friendship.”

Jill J

“It took a year and a half of planning, but recently my wife Dianne and I, and two dogs, moved to the Costa del Sol from Canada. We were fortunate enough to meet the Move to Malaga team early on in the planning phase, and their guidance has been invaluable.  We could not have done it without them.
We had numerous Skype sessions where they answered all our questions and got back to us immediately on the ones they couldn’t answer. They guided us on getting our NIEs, informed us about the requirements for gaining Spanish residency, the padron, driving licenses, and so many more questions.  Further on in the process we seemed to have additional questions every day and we knew we could always count on them to provide an answer.  Their patience was monumental.
They set up an interactive spreadsheet with us so we could look at available rental properties, and gave us her opinion.  They got to know us and could recommend the areas we would be most interested in. They walked a couple of properties filming the house and grounds so we could see what was available.  We secured one of those homes that they filmed.
They helped us set up our bank accounts on one of our trips to Spain, where we met over coffee.  When we arrived for the final time, they arranged  transportation for us to our new home and met us with groceries, and the key.  They set us up with their contacts who provided health insurance and car insurance.  They even set up a lunch with another couple, whom she also helped, so we could meet some people.
It is imperative to say that they really cared about us.  They listened to our wants and needs, and directed us down the right path.”

“We just moved from Australia to the Costa del Sol with our young family and cannot rate our experience with Move to Malaga more highly! Our Move to Malaga relocation consultant provided us with all the necessary information prior to our move – not just website links and maps and step-by-step guides but also that kind of information that only a local could provide. Since we were moving with children we relied on a lot of help finding the right school, and they made sure we had appointments set up with all the right places to pick the very best option for our children. They also tipped us off on a beautiful house that just entered the market so that we could snatch it up the minute it was free to rent. Their friendly and patient personality and good sense of humour helped us very much during a time that could have been much more stressful and painful than it turned out to be. We warmly recommend the services of Move to Malaga to anyone looking to relocate to one of the most beautiful places in Spain.”

The Elzner family

“Having decided that the Costa del Sol would be an ideal location to have a bolt hole in the sun we searched the web for hints on how to find and buy a property.  We found the Move to Malaga website and that is how we met Louise. From the outset we struck up a rapport and felt we were in safe hands. At all times we knew that the Move to Malaga team was focussed on ensuring that we found a property that met our criteria. They drove us up and down the Costa until we settled on a location, pointing out the pros and cons of each area. Once we decided on the location they searched availability and presented us with a list of potential properties to view. We found an apartment and they introduced us to a solicitor who dealt with the purchase, set up bank accounts, etc.  The apartment required renovation so they introduced us to three builders so that we could carry out a selection process, she attended the meetings and interpreted their quotes, enabling us to choose the one we wanted. We can honestly say that we would not have been able to do this without the invaluable support that the Move to Malaga team gave us.  Nothing was too much trouble for her and she helped us overcome the fears we had about attempting to buy a property in a country where we cannot speak the language.  We can not recommend Move to Malaga highly enough for the service they provided.”

Gail and Bill Grant

We will be forever grateful to the Move to Malaga team for their help and kindness; we really can’t thank them enough! We’re British citizens who moved to Spain from France in March, 2019. Our deadline was Brexit, which was set for 29 March at the time we began the moving process (during the first week of March). The entire move was about as last-minute as you can get: our other plans had just fallen through but we knew we needed to leave France due to the proposed post-Brexit situation there. I contacted Louise out of desperation and she sprang into action for us. 
We couldn’t have asked for better. She handled every difficulty and mini-crisis with professionalism and care. Due to our ridiculously short timescale, there were, of course, urgent problems that arose, but you were always there to help. We arrived in Spain less than two weeks after we began the process and moved into our house three days later.
The Move to Malaga team were then on hand to help us with all of the extremely urgent paperwork we needed for our residency appointment the following week. Residency day itself was a bit fraught but again they did everything she could to sort things out. Bárbara took us in for the actual appointment and we never dreamed that it would all go so smoothly! Like Louise, Bárbara exudes kindness and professionalism and she did everything she could to help us and put our minds at rest. 
Without their help, we would never have been able to achieve this move. It was vital for our health and futures so we’re incredibly glad that we found people with such efficiency and expertise to guide us through it all, even in such unusual and rushed circumstances. 
We’re now gradually settling into our new life here – loving it already – and still grateful to Move to Malaga for everything they’ve done and continues to do. It goes without saying that we would absolutely 100% recommend the Move to Malaga team to everyone! Thank you!

Oliver & Kira Nash, Alhaurin de la Torre

My husband and I are American citizens planning to move to southern Spain in June, 2019.
We tried finding a place ourselves, but weeding through the numerous online listings and sending inquiries that were going unanswered was exhausting. We couldn’t tell which properties were actually available, how they really looked (how old are those pictures?), and what kind of area they were really located? Those listings could easily hide the details that mattered most to us. To find a home in Spain from Atlanta we needed someone to be our eyes and ears in Spain.
Lisa with Move to Malaga was the answer to our problems! She was our eyes, our ears, and more. Lisa answered all of our questions about the different areas in Malaga and even visited a couple of properties for us. Her knowledge of the area and her experience made all the difference in our experience.
I ultimately fell in love with a property outside of Lisa’s area, in the Cadiz province, but she went above and beyond to make it happen. She drove over an hour to see the property, recorded a video tour of the house pointing out potential issues, and communicated those issues to the realtor. Her video, her advice, and her expert opinion of the property and the area were invaluable to us! She made us feel comfortable and confident to make a great decision!
Thank you Lisa. We love our house in Alcaidesa!!

Melissa from Atlanta, Georgia to Alcaidesa.


My family and I had decided to relocate to Spain and we had already enrolled our daughter at the school of her choice when we contacted Move to Malaga to find us a suitable rental property close to her school.
What we had not appreciated was just how difficult that would be. We need not have worried as you were amazing, you were able to find us properties to view in a market where rentals are snapped up with hours.
We were not able to view the properties in person so you took videos and walked us around each of them pointing out all the negatives and positives that made selecting a property so much easier.
We did not see our new home until we had signed the Contract but we could not be more delighted the house was exactly as you described.
You made what could have been a very stressful and difficult situation the exact opposite.
We cannot thank you enough and we will definitely be back in contact with Move to Malaga when we decide to move on.

Lorna and Ray Dales, Malaga