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General services

  • UK TV Madrid

    Recommended by Steph Valler

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    When Kurt Claes arrived in Madrid with his family about 10 years ago, he experienced the problems newly arrived expats are faced with. So he left the business world he was working in and founded Mi Casa My World in Madrid. His team focuses on making your life abroad easier through personal attention and high quality work. They speak English, Spanish, French, Dutch and German.  UK TV Madrid is part of that company and they have over 10 years experience installing satellite TV systems.


    "Having UK television installed in Madrid is a costly and difficult process, this is due to the location of Madrid and the size of the Satellite dish required. We found Kurt extremely helpful and very knowledgable. Initially he came to the house, took readings and went through the options available to us. He then took care of the ordering of equipment and installation. Speaks fluent English." (SV)

  • Matrix Relocations

    Recommended by Claire Guest

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    Personalized relocation service both long and short term in Madrid
    C/ Cigorgo, 61 28232 – Las Rozas – Madrid Tel.: +34 91 708 4031 / 91 708 4039

    "I moved to Madrid from the UK with my husband and our then 4 month old, nearly 2 years ago. Matrix Relocations made the whole process much less stressful, I couldnt recommend them enough. Our consultant was Nancy Heine who contacted us even before we moved to Madrid so when I arrived to house hunt I felt like I already knew her. She looked after us all the way through the move, which I think is unusual for this kind of service. She helped us find a place to live, showed us around the neighbourhood we were moving to, gave us a relocation guide which contained every piece of information we could possibly need. She helped us obtain our NIE (lots of red tape but she made it pain free), helped us register with a local doctor.....the list goes on! Moving abroad with a new born is totally scary especially when you cant speak the language but Nancy and Matrix Relocations looked after us from start to finish and I dread to think how we would have done all these things without them" (CG, Jan 2011)

  • BRS Relocation

    Recommended by Roy Moskowitz

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    Established in 2001 by Beatriz Carro de Prada, BRS provides professional relocation assistance to executives, individuals and families coming to Spain from all over the world

    "We are passionate about providing the dedicated staff and efficient processes to make your move to Spain seamless and effortless. We understand that evey client is uniuqe and every family has different requirements, so we listen carefully to your needs and customize our services to achieve your goals in your timeframe. Our sole focus is on relocation and our experienced multilungual consultants provide an international level of service with a firm grounding in Spanish culture." (Beatriz Carro de Prada, Feb 2011)

    Madrid office
    Conde de Peñalver 36, 3º D
    28006 Madrid
    Tel: +34 91 126 47 52
    Fax: +34 91 309 64 70

    "Last year, my wife, two children and I decided to move to Barcelona for a year’s “sabbatical” from New York City. As one might imagine, gathering up enough belongings and making the necessary preparations for a year abroad can be daunting challenge. Beatriz not only made this move a huge success, but she also was always ready to help us throughout the year whenever the need arose. Through her firm, we were able to: find housing, have the necessary arrangements made for our smooth move into the apartment, make school visits, take care of needed banking connections and be provided with a very handy guide book to life in Barcelona. And through all of this Beatriz was also available, in person or by phone or through one of her assistants, to answer our every question in a thoughtful, confronting manner. BRS is comprehensive in its knowledge and offering of services in and around Barcelona. I recommend them highly to anyone thinking of relocation to Barcelona or its surrounding neighborhoods" (RM, Feb 2011)

  • Productivity Coach - Kirstin O´Donovan

    Recommended by Maria José Casa

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    Kirstin O´Donovan is a Productivity Coach, helping individuals who struggle with time-management, organization and procrastination to achieve their goals and gain control over their time. She helps you to alleviate stress, be more productive, empowered and have more time to do what you want. She helps give you direction, stretches you out of your comfort zone, pointing out your blind spots and helping you to overcome your obstacles.
    email: telephone: 697 487 940

    "Kirstin is a very positive and intuitive person. She has helped me to overcome difficulties in very different aspects in my life. When I started working with her, I felt depressed, insecure and confused. I used to see everything negatively. Since my first session she has been an incredible help in my lifestyle. I would really recommend her to anyone for whatever reason, working or personal" (MJC, Jan 2012)

  • Builders - DMI

    Recommended by Lucy Hales

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    General maintenance and builders -  Ian Crombie and Jimmy Hammel, 650303317

    "They are both English and fully trained in the building trade and are currently doing work on my house and 2 other houses in my street. No job too small and they’re great value for money. Perfect if you don’t want to spend the morning with a dictionary before calling a builder." (LH, Dec 2009)

  • Global Box Self Storage

    Recommended by Liza

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    Long term storage solutions in Madrid
    Tel 800 007 385


    "It is very useful for families who dont have enought space in their houses. The permanent offer is the they provide the transport the first time" (Liza, Jan 2013)

  • Emerald Green Interiors

    Recommended by Nancy Wauquaire

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    Passionate about color and interior design Corinne Kowal founded Emerald Green Interiors in 2010 and offers interior design services with the focus on color consulting. The company also offer mood board creation, furniture and textile sourcing and project supervsion.
    Phone: 608 359 733

    "We recently bought a very old house and were a bit lost as to which style/colours would best combine the old character of the house and our taste for modern touch. Corinne spent time with me at the house and according to the size of each room, luminosity, use for the room etc had an exact idea of the best possible shade. She was not afraid of suggesting different things and was also trying not to deviate too much from what we liked. The result is outstanding and we are incredibly thankful to Corinne for her good taste and excellent advice!" (NW, March 2014)

  • Architect - Kersten Harries

    Recommended by Umberto Cianfanelli

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    An American architect living in Madrid, currently specializing in designing and managing residential renovation projects for expat and foreign clients. Range of services available, from pre-purchase to finishing touches. Contact for free initial consultation.
    Calle del Ángel 7, 2CD, 28005 Madrid
    +34 603339654

    "We are extremely happy, Kersten is very professional and reliable, we were aware of the technical / achievement difficulties of these works and we never never stressed, indeed we always believed that Kersten will find out the solution and get the right idea to fix the problem, so we slept extremly well during the whole renovation process. For foreigners like us, the fact that Kersten was following up the whole projet was an invaluable support. She has a very refined way to follow your ideas and an impressive organized project management skill. Thanks Kersten, without her help we could not achieve our Madrid project." Umberto Cianfanelli + François Moreau (May 2013)

  • Best of Britain

    Recommended by Eli James

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    Online retailer of British Food Products and trendy Kitchen Accessories that also has a physical store in the centre of Madrid. All the brands you miss, including Cadbury, Marmite, Heinz Baked Beans, Paxo, HP Sauce, Quorn, Lyle’s Syrup, Irn Bru, Walkers, PG Tips, and much much more! In addition to products, they offer Tastings and Cooking Lessons, in English, several times a week; as well as weekly, English/Spanish focused, Language Exchanges. They also offer professional Catering Services for all your social events, developed by our very own Michelin Star experienced, British Chef. Best of Britain was founded by British Expats who missed many of their beloved products from back home.
    Mercado Antón Martín, Calle Santa Isabel 5, bajo 3 - 28012
    Tel: 91 227 2227
    Twitter: @bestofbritainES

    "Friendly faces and a welcoming smile, the BoB team and their products always make you feel at home. Theyre happy to help with special requests which adds a personal touch to their service as well. Fantastic to see them bringing a wide range of goods to the market in a different way; the English cooking classes and tastings are a fun and inspiring way to learn about and sample the Best of British produce." (EJ, April 2014)

  • GetYourHero Cleaning Professionals

    Recommended by Roser

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    GetYourHero is a Barcelona based internet startup focused on bringing domestic cleaning services to private households, small shops and offices in southern European metropolitan areas including Madrid. They guarantee 100% satisfaction with their services. If you’re not satisfied, they offer to re-clean for free! They work only with professionals who have passed their intensive verification process and they offer flexible options including regular domestic cleaning, deep cleaning, after-party cleaning, and others. All booking is done online.

    "Primera vez que utilizo el servicio pero muy contenta. Fácil reserva, chica de limpieza puntual, cordial y eficiente. Resultado muy limpio. Recomendable! Nosotros repetiremos seguro." (Roser, March 2015)