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How to Execute an International Move to Estonia


Estonia may be a small country, but it’s a big player on the global stage. Moving to Estonia is a popular choice within many hopeful expat communities nowadays. In the last few years, the population of Estonia has increased year-over-year, thanks to a higher birth rate and immigration from other European countries and the U.S. As an active member of the E.U. and a range of other international organizations, people who move to Estonia will get a variety of benefits. 


You’ll have access to extensive cultural and business networks with other E.U. countries, the U.S., U.K., Russia, and Ukraine. If you’re planning an overseas move to this country, rich in history and culture, we suggest making it as stress-free as possible. Hiring a professional, offshore moving company can make relocation much easier. Here’s what you need to know about moving to Estonia from overseas. 


Why do people want to move to Estonia?


With a population of around 1.4 million people, Estonia is located on the Baltic sea in Northern Europe. The economy has grown substantially in recent years, and Estonia is considered one of the freest countries on earth since property rights have been expanded. On both a regional and global scale, Estonia is a thriving country that makes it an attractive location for expats to consider. 


Did you know that Estonia is the birthplace of Skype? It’s one of the leading nations on progress with cybersecurity and education on cybersecurity, crucial issues facing the global economy today. Those who work in information technology and cybersecurity will enjoy living in Estonia. The country is home to one of the most advanced government e-services in the world. The government of Estonia is democratic, with a democratically elected Prime Minister and Parliament. 


Although Estonia is technically an archipelago, more than 1500 islands make up the entire country. Most of Estonia is forested and offers visitors and residents an abundance of wildlife. Until the 1200s, Estonia had remained a pagan country. Today, you can still find traces of a culture that is deeply influenced by medieval Viking culture. Even though Estonia is a small country, it is very advanced when it comes to technology, healthcare, and education, making it a convenient place to live. 


Preparing Your Move to Estonia


When you move to Estonia, you’ll enjoy a low cost of living, especially when it comes to rentals and housing. It’s not difficult to find accommodations when planning a move to Estonia. Travelers can access many online portals and get accurate locations and quotes on real estate for sale and properties up for rent. While it is possible to ask other expats for property referrals, speaking to a local realtor is best when it comes to getting the best deal on an Estonian apartment or house.


During the property search, expats should keep in mind that the rental price listed on Estonian properties will not include utility payments. The average monthly costs of services in Estonian cities, like for electric, gas, and water, is around 200 euros. Internet bills average about 20 euros per month. 


Apartment Hunting in Estonia


Most expats settle in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Tallinn is the center of Estonian business and of course, nightlife. On average, the monthly cost for a one-bedroom apartment is 450 euros, while three bedrooms can go for around 700 euros. If city life isn’t your thing, Tartu has a more laid-back vibe and is a university town. One-bedroom units go for an average of 300 euros, with three bedrooms averaging around 600 euros a month. 


Estonian Schools


The Estonian government provides free, public education for pre-school aged children and primary school-aged children. Mandatory public education in Estonia starts at age seven until about age 17. Both the International School of Estonia and the Tartu International School offer a well-rounded curriculum for the children of expats. The national language of Estonia is the Estonian language, which is closely related to the Finnish language. Finland is, after all, a neighboring country to Estonia. 


Transporting Your Personal Belongings to Estonia


Most expats will use the services of an international moving company for shipping their belongings to Estonia. Moving, even if it’s just to the next town over, can be a hassle. An international move is even more so without the help of professionals. A professional global moving company will pick up your personal belongings, ship them overseas, and then deliver them to your new address in Estonia. On average, you can expect shipping times of five to nine business days when moving to this country. Shipping times will vary depending on your country of origin. Your personal belongings will arrive in the Port of Tallinn, and local customs officers will have to inspect them.


If you are bringing pets with you, all pets coming to Estonia must have proof of full vaccinations within the last 12 months. Your pets cannot have had their vaccinations fewer than four weeks before the move. E.U. pets should have an E.U. Vet Health Certificate that is current at least four months before leaving your country of origin. All other pets should have an International Health Certificate before entering Estonia.


Estonia does not require you to pay import duties on your personal belongings if you’ve used your belongings within the last six months. Public transportation is decent in Estonia. But if you want to bring your car with you to Estonia, you’ll need to bring the following documents:


  • A Bill of Sale
  • A Bill of Lading
  • Proof of Ownership
  • Statement of Clearance from Lien Holder (if applicable)


Hiring a professional international moving company can help you navigate this process. Estonia’s growing economy, sophisticated information technology, and beautiful landscapes all make it a popular destination for expats. If you’re looking to move to Estonia, keep these tips in mind to make the relocation less hectic.





Tallinn apartment rental

Best Apartments – Kotzebue apartment with sauna

Unplugged and unedited video of an apartment close to the OldTown of Tallinn located near the Baltic Railway station.

Beautiful studio apartment located only 8 min. away from the Old Town of Tallinn (walking distance). The apartment is perfect for a romantic couple. This studio apartment is very comfortable and you have everything you need for a comfortable stay. The apartment is filled with light and is in a very popular area with a lot of local coffee shops and restaurants which are very reasonably priced.


Why Booking.com has better reviews than AirBnB on Trustpilot. Why ?

Recently I was curious what kind of reviews AirBnB was getting as an app and then I stumbled on  TrustPilot where I found 3859 reviews and 75% were “bad”

AirBnB reviews on TrustPilot

AirBnB reviews on TrustPilot


Then checked the other competitor Booking.com and found out that their reviews on TrustPilot are better, still “bad” but   30% were bad and 50% were excellent. I guess this is due to the better customer service on behalf of Booking.com.

Booking.com reviews on TrustPilot

Booking.com reviews on TrustPilot

Booking.com and AirBnB neither of the companies seem to care to answer to those disgruntled clients or maybe it is because they will have to pay to answer !?


5 Landlord-Approved Ways to Upgrade Your Rental Apartment

Despite the housing market remaining strong, many Estonians still opt to rent their apartments. While many rentals are either new or newly-renovated, there are also a lot that could do with a healthy dose of TLC. As a renter, you are, however, often very limited to what extent you can renovate your dwelling. Many landlords will not approve major renovations that include new paint jobs or a kitchen remodel, even if it is at your own expense. Thankfully there are a number of ways, such as the following, that you can transform your apartment to a certain extent without upsetting your landlord.

Upgrade the lighting

Doing small upgrades to the lighting in your rental can boost the overall ambiance tremendously. Most rental apartments in Estonia boast ceiling-mounted light fixtures that can easily be replaced without having to do any sort of rewiring. Once you have found new fixtures that you like, simply unscrew the old ones and replace with the new. If you don’t want to change the entire fixture, opt for new light globes that will enable you to change the temperature and brightness in the room easily and affordably. Always shut off the electricity supply to the lights you are busy with to prevent yourself from being shocked and keep the old fittings in case you need to put them back upon your next move.

Change the outlet and light switch covers

Some rentals sport old, dated outlet and switch covers that can give even the most modern of rooms an antiquated appearance. Switch plates are easy to replace and will not set you back more than a couple of Euros. Apart from replacing the covers, you can also give them a makeover with a simple coat of paint or a piece of contact paper which will allow you to get very creative with both color and design. Once again, keep the old covers as you will probably want to replace them if you ever move out of your apartment.

Change the faucets

Swapping your faucets out for shiny new ones is a lot easier than it may sound. As long as the new faucet fittings match those of the old one, you have complete freedom as far as your choices are concerned. Once you have your new faucets, turn off your water supply, take off the old fittings and replace with the new. You may be surprised at what a big difference such a small change can make to both your bathroom and kitchen. Also, remember to keep the old faucets in a safe place so that you can put them back before you move or in case the landlord wants them.

Refresh the grout

A common problem with older apartments, in particular, is that they never quite look and feel clean. The grout in the bathroom is one area that typically fails to look fresh regardless of how much you try to scrub it clean. Thankfully there are a number of products on the market that can make your dull grout bright white once again. You can also make your own very effective grout cleaner by mixing together 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Simply apply the cleaning mixture onto grout, and wait for approximately 10 minutes before giving it a scrub and rinsing it.

Replace the toilet seat

Nothing screams old and dilapidated like a stained and worn-out toilet seat. A new toilet seat is easy to replace, doesn’t cost much, and will instantly make your bathroom appear a lot less weather-beaten. In some cases, the entire toilet may need to be replaced in which case it is best to discuss your intentions with your landlord first and even try to convince him to do the upgrade at his expense instead of yours.

Making small changes to the interior of your rental can undoubtedly make your stay a lot more enjoyable. As long as you don’t go overboard with the upgrades, your landlord will probably be only too happy to let you spruce your accommodations up a bit.

Tallinn short term rental

The questions you should ask your (short term rental) property manager

1.Does your property manager offer the full-service property management?

This is an important question because there are a lot of services to consider:

  • Key delivery to the client which can have several options; meet and greet, self-check-in option, transfer from the airport and key delivery
  • Cleaning service (inside or outside company, checklist and quality control)
  • Property inspection and maintenance
  • Advertising and which channels your manager is using to promote your property
  • How many employees there are and is there 24/7 emergency support for the clients?
  • Is there any working system set up to discover high noise levels or water damage or smoke and fire hazards?
  • How are towels and linen washed and who has to provide them? Can the linen and towels be rented?
  • What languages do they speak and are those the same languages used by the biggest client groups you would expect in the area?
  • Does your property manager offer any unique services that might differentiate your property from the rest?


2. Property management fee and the terms of the payment?

Ask how many properties the company manages and how many properties they manage so you can make a rough estimate if they have a sustainable business.

Tallinn vacation rental

Tallinn vacation rental

3. Look into the company history: where are they registered for how long have they operated do they pay their taxes, read client reviews


4. Terms of the contract and the most important cancellation costs?

Because short term apartment rental clients tend to book their holidays well in advance beware of property managers who offer too soft cancellation terms with very short notices for your property management contract.This might mean that they can not take advance bookings and you will be loosing out on many potential clients.


5. What happens if there are damages to the property and up until which amount are your managers responsible in case the damages are bigger than the deposit provided by the client ?


Best Apartments is a professional property management company which currently manages multitude of short term rental properties in Estonia.

Luxury Tallinn short term rental

8 Tools Everyone In The Property Management Industry Should Be Using

If you are a property manager and if you manage multiple short term rentals you need to be very organized as the main challenges come with day to day operations and you will need the following tools and systems to be effective:


  1. Property management software and or a booking system to keep track of your bookings and messaging with your clients and property owners. Functionalities to consider:
  • automatic messaging to clients which are triggered by special conditions as check-in date, payment of the booking etc.
  • unified inbox where you have all the communication with the client so whoever is on shift would have all the information and wouldn’t need to dig through different e-mail boxes or booking apps.
  • property management module where you keep track of different property related repair and maintenance issues


  1. Channel manager. Software to synchronize the pricing and availability between the different sales channels as booking.com, Airbnb, TripAdvisor etc.


  1. Software to keep track and distribute tasks to your cleaning and maintenance crews. This software has to be easy to use on mobile devices and includes scheduling and task checklists


  1. Software to control the entry to the properties if you use electronic locks or special key terminals. Functionalities to consider: cleaning crew codes, codes for clients which are valid only during the booking period, keeping track of who and when has had access to your properties. Additional functionality for key terminals might be payment terminal, recording camera devices, QR code, and document scanning.
  1. Good e-mail provider so you and your colleagues can have quick and efficient communication with clients and owners as e-mails are still the backbone of the communication.


  1. Telephone communication provider. Might be a mobile communication provider but also could be IP based phone communication provider with different options to consider: conversation recording, phone number saving and pulling client data based on the incoming phone number, internet-based phone communication.


  1. Home automation and smart home features. Sensors (temperature, CO2, smoke, fire), heating/cooling,  temperature control and electricity usage. This will save you a lot of money in the long term and you can make sure no energy is wasted (aircon is on while there are no clients ?)
Tallinn vacation rental

Apartment rental with a smart home solution

  1. Password manager. An essential tool to keep your passwords complicated enough, different and safely stored.


There are many vendors nowadays and many of the functionalities get intertwined but as of today, it is not possible to get all the functionalities from a single vendor. And here are the general questions you should ask your providers:

  • Do you provide a reliable API with the software? This is important as it would give you an option to further integrate your systems and automate your processes.
  • How reliable is their product support?
  • What happens if one of the services does not work and what are the chances of that happening?

Best Apartments is a professional and innovative property management company based in Tallinn which manages multiple properties in Estonia.


Tallinn Old Town apartment rental for 8

This Tallinn Old Town apartment rental is located in a high-quality building which was rebuilt in 1998 the basement and first three floors are retail space; the two uppermost floors accommodate exclusive apartments.

This maisonette 2 bedroom apartment can fit 8 people:
1st bedroom – 2 people in a double bed
2nd bedroom – 2 people in a double bed and 2 people in 2 single beds
living room – 2 people in fold away couch.
Each of the bedrooms has its own bathroom and one of them has a sauna. The apartment is also suitable for families. This 2 bedroom apartment is well equipped with all the cooking utensils, dishwasher, stove, microwave and everything you might need for a comfortable stay. The apartment has very good floor-plan as the living room is located on the 1st level and the bedrooms are located on the 2nd level of the maisonette.

This is in a great location close to all the sightseeing spots but the apartment is very quiet due to the fact that it is located on the 4th floor (there is an elevator).