When moving into another place there are many things to be taken care of. When moving into another country, there are many MORE!
When we decided we were going to bid on our Italian house we knew that already, having bought property in France many years ago. But with Italy it is even more difficult, since we do not speak Italian like we did and do French. And most Italians are notoriously bad in speaking foreign languages.
Also, there are many things different in Italy…. different from The Netherlands obviously, but also differing from France. And although we were VERY lucky AND had some great help from friends and the previous owner of the house, the ‘speed’ of things and complexity of official goings-on is not the same as what we are used to in our over-efficient northern culture.
Sooooo….. getting an internet bank account – for example – appeared to be very simple.
But it isn’t.
One thing that complicates matters of course is that we are not yet officially resident in Italy. How could we, in a house without a kitchen, heating and a sitting room. So although Nina is the official owner and the house is her primary residence…… it will be another 12 months or so before we can officially register her at the town hall.
And when completing all the necessary forms for the bank account we of course entered the Italian address…… which made the bank people ‘assume’ Nina is Italian… and then they remarked the copy of her passport is not valid because it is Dutch.
Truth be told, the on-line help the bank provided was in English this time (depends on who is at the other end) and we were able to understand what went wrong.
Resulting now in having to complete the forms AGAIN, make more copies of things and send it all back to Italy AGAIN…… hoping for the Italian mail system to work for a second time !
And this is only ONE of the many things that still need to be resolved before we can truly start living in our new home.
Stay tuned for more !