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Life changing decision to move to Zakynthos

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Life changing decision to move to Zakynthos

Post Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:30 am

My wife and I have made a life changing decision to emigrate to Zante. We both have EU
passports so brexit shouldn't ( we hope) affect us to much in that way.

I myself know a few peeps around the island who could help with some things, to help get us
started.
What I need to know what are the settling costs such as taxes average utility bills electric gas petrol etc, general running costs. for two people two (2) dogs no children.

Would it be better to rent, buy a static caravan or alternatively bring over the motorhome to live-in.
Just starting saving.

Many thanks.
Robby
aka XDJneps

 

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Re: Life changing decision to move to Zakynthos

Post Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:37 pm

I know this is a little late for a reply, but it may help others.
If you decide to rent a place year-round you'll find plenty of reasonably priced accommodations. Begin your search in winter or early spring. This is a classified ad site which has a few listings www.xe.gr/property/sea...rchy=82837

Of course, you'll find much more when you are actually there.
Living in a camper will present it's own complications, as you'll still have to rent a plot to put it on, and then you might have to deal with local zoning laws. Not to mention it can get cold in the winter.

Taxes: If you decide to buy property, be prepared to hire a lawyer, and an accountant to wade through the black vortex of bureaucracy. Property taxes vary wildly, but are not outrageously high in comparison to other countries. Either way, I'd suggest renting a place for a year before you commit to buying.

Petrol is currently running at an average of 1.55 euro per litre. Expensive if you like driving. Motorcycles/mopeds are cheaper to run, but also dangerous.
Not sure if natural gas is available in Zante. Most homes in use oil furnaces.

Electric bills are the method for for collecting all local and community taxes. So while the Kw/h may be lower in Greece than many European countries, the taxes are insane. For example, I got a bill for a vacant apartment I have which had 6 euros in electricity use, and 44 euros in taxes.

Telephone: I've seen combo packages for a home line with internet, free local calls, and a cell number with free minutes at about 20 euro per month.

Any agricultural products produced on the island will be cheap, while imported goods may be more expensive.

Health care is very affordable in Greece putting it on par with medical tourism destinations like Thailand. The private sector is top notch, and meds are really cheap.

Hope you decide to make the move. If you have a fixed income, and like solitude, a Greek island is a great idea. Please keep us posted.

 

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Re: Life changing decision to move to Zakynthos

Post Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:27 pm

Thankyou for the information
That was useful. Could you advise on how I can get the local zoning laws...??

Alternatively we are looking at purchasing a Static home.

 

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Re: Life changing decision to move to Zakynthos

Post Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:22 am

- Hugh-Janus

I know this is a little late for a reply, but it may help others.
If you decide to rent a place year-round you'll find plenty of reasonably priced accommodations. Begin your search in winter or early spring. This is a classified ad site which has a few listings www.xe.gr/property/sea...rchy=82837

Of course, you'll find much more when you are actually there.
Living in a camper will present it's own complications, as you'll still have to rent a plot to put it on, and then you might have to deal with local zoning laws. Not to mention it can get cold in the winter.

Taxes: If you decide to buy property, be prepared to hire a lawyer, and an accountant to wade through the black vortex of bureaucracy. Property taxes vary wildly, but are not outrageously high in comparison to other countries. Either way, I'd suggest renting a place for a year before you commit to buying.

Petrol is currently running at an average of 1.55 euro per litre. Expensive if you like driving. Motorcycles/mopeds are cheaper to run, but also dangerous.
Not sure if natural gas is available in Zante. Most homes in use oil furnaces.

Electric bills are the method for for collecting all local and community taxes. So while the Kw/h may be lower in Greece than many European countries, the taxes are insane. For example, I got a bill for a vacant apartment I have which had 6 euros in electricity use, and 44 euros in taxes.

Telephone: I've seen combo packages for a home line with internet, free local calls, and a cell number with free minutes at about 20 euro per month.

Any agricultural products produced on the island will be cheap, while imported goods may be more expensive.

Health care is very affordable in Greece putting it on par with medical tourism destinations like Thailand. The private sector is top notch, and meds are really cheap.

Hope you decide to make the move. If you have a fixed income, and like solitude, a Greek island is a great idea. Please keep us posted.



Thanks for the info! I would like to buy property in Greece (tranio.com/greece/ looking there prices are relatively inexpensive compared to the rest of the western European countries, I've heard there is also an opportunity to get residence via property for non-EU citizens) or maybe an apartment in some resort town. I know at least two people who did that and had no regrets.

 

annat38
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