It’s very easy to get carried away and fall in love with a property in Spain. With so much at stake however it is important to get it right first time and buy with your head and not just your heart.
So here are some top tips on what you need to check on your viewing trip.
Does the property match with your needs?
Many people get carried away when viewing a stunning property in Spain. You should check whether it provides what you actually want from your Spanish home. Early on in the process and before you go on the viewing trip, write a checklist of what you want out of your property and make sure you refer back to it before shortlisting the property.
Local Transport links
Do you want to have a car in Spain? If not you might want to check the local transport links to other towns and cities.
Often rural properties offer great value for money and a laid back life style. You might want to take into consideration where you might get that emergency 500ml of milk and the location of the nearest doctor’s.
Whether it’s your holiday home or retirement pad, the location of an international airport is important.
Budget airlines are regularly used by expats and holidaymakers alike.
It might be worth taking in to consideration how long an operator has been flying to that destination and what are the alternatives are if an operator was to stop flying to that airport.
Many people view properties in the height of summer when the average temperature is soaring. Little consideration is therefore given as to how the property would be in the much lower temperatures in the winter.
Spanish houses are often built with little insulation and limited heating. With temperatures as low as 5 degrees in winter it might be worth checking out what heating they have if you want use the property all year round.
View the property at different times
Properties can be very different at day and night. You may fall in love with a apartment in the day time only to find when you move in there is an all night karaoke bar at the back of you. Conversely you might not have noticed the school around the corner which could mean more noise in the day time.
It’s important to factor in the on-going monthly costs of your Spanish property. The estate agent should be able to provide details of the on-going costs for the property. On the whole this is a lot cheaper than the UK but well worth taking in to account local taxes, service charges, utilities and pool maintenance.
Thanks to the Internet the world is now a smaller place. You can sit and enjoy your terrace in the sun while skype-ing you’re nearest and dearest back home. If you are planning to keep in touch with the family or will just want to catch up with some English TV, check there is a good broadband connection in the area before committing to the property purchase.
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Article published: August 30, 2016