Moving companies  If you are coming to live in Cyprus, the odds are that you will be moving your household contents here.  Because of the bulk and quantity of items usually involved, they will probably come by container into Limassol's new commercial port.  It may be that your moving company in your country of origin has already made the arrangements at this end but if they have not, you will need a moving company here to assist you in clearance through Customs (including preparation of the necessary declarations of contents and value) and conveyance of your possessions to your new home.

Moving companies here in Cyprus vary in quality and value for money.  We can introduce you to those that we find more reliable.  We have negotiated favourable rates with them.

Van hire It may be, on the other hand, that you are just setting up a holiday home and that the size of your consignment is smaller.  If you do not have huge amounts to move or very delicate items requiring special packing and handling it may make sense to handle the Customs clearance and transportation yourself.  One cheap option in such circumstances is to hire a van and driver to assist you.  We can arrange this for you.  The van would have a capacity of almost 18 cubic metres, an electric tail lift and come complete with the usual moving aids - trolleys, straps, etc.

Prices range from €55 for a single short journey through €80 for a half-day use to €130 for a full day.  If you want the vehicle for more than a day, you can get a bulk discount.  Diesel consumption is charged according to distance, at €1/kilometre.

The foregoing pricing assumes pick-up and delivery within Paphos.  A surcharge would be applied for pick-ups in other district, ranging from €25 (Limassol) to €55 (Agia Napa).

Expat life Some people who settle in Cyprus have lived for extensive periods in countries other than their home country and for them adapting to expatriate life is relatively easy. For others the transition is more difficult. Those coming from Britain, for example, may find conditions here somewhat relaxed compared to the more regimented existence in the U.K. They are pleasantly surprised to find their local tax bills for the whole year less than what they pay in one month in the U.K. Garbage collectors come round 2 or 3 times a week and there is never an argument about taking things away. The few fixed speed cameras that there are have not yet been put into commission. Police radar traps are usually confined to the shadows under motorway bridges. But they can get in a tizzy when suddenly all the supermarkets run out of baked beans or mustard powder, say, at the same time. Everything runs at a relaxed pace (except local mothers transporting their children to and from lessons) and seems to take twice as long as you bargained for.

Just remember: you are not in the U.K. any longer, you are a guest here. If you say to a local "Back home we do things this way" they can be provoked into saying "Well if you don't like how we do things here why don't you b****r off back to England?" If in England you expect everyone to speak and read English, should you not be learning Greek here?

Those who do best, and are happiest, are those who are prepared to respect the local way of living, who buy local produce when it is in season (rather than only what they used to eat back home) and are happy to eat the local cuisine, who are prepared to exchange greetings with others rather than charging into what they are after, who learn a few Greek phrases of greeting - well, you get the idea.

Emotional readiness Some who come here do so with the intention of staying for the conceivable future; others expect eventually to move back, perhaps to live near or with children and grandchildren. For most of us it is not financially feasible to oscillate between Cyprus and home too frequently and we should prepare ourselves mentally for the break. Friends and relatives will be far away for a considerable time, though they can remain in touch through e-mail and Skype. One should be prepared to make a new life here, to make new friends, perhaps to take up new hobbies and to adopt a new, relaxed lifestyle.

What to Bring Before committing yourself to bringing over umpteen containers-worth of belongings it is best to take a hard look at what you are really going to need and use. As a first step start with the floor-plans of your new property and check the interior measurements, against the actual property - they may not be quite as much as shown. Think what furniture you need and how it might fit in. Rather than bringing something over which turns out to be impossible to fit in it may be better to sell it or give it away to relatives. On the clothes front, bear in mind that most of the year your average expat exists in shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops, or swimsuit. Do you really need all those ball-gowns or dinner jackets? Yes, bring some smart and sober suits for weddings and the occasional - yes, let's be honest, funeral - but now is the time to consider slimming your establishment. Hobby stuff, yes - but perhaps the treadmill or step-machine can stay. After all, joining a gym here (currently about €20/month/person) is a good way to make friends. Musical instruments yes; home theatres, stereos, yes yes yes. As for cars, outside a certain age-range they are more expensive to bring in than to buy here. They should be between 6 months old (and used) and 6 or so years. There have been cases where the duty demanded has exceeded the value of the car. Take some advice from our experts. That said, if the car is 20 years old or older it can be registered as a classic and road-tax will be negligible.

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