Buying a house can be daunting enough – the paperwork, the commitment, the cost! When you look to buy a home in Spain you also have to factor in the language barrier, but here are the top 3 things you can do to make sure that finding your dream home in Spain goes as smoothly as possible.
Okay, so they are all the same thing, but it cannot be stressed enough how important doing your research is. Buying a property is a big purchase and it is never advisable to be in too much of a hurry.
Make a list
Think about what you need and what you want from your dream home in Spain (and just as importantly what you DON’T need and DON’T want). Make a list and decide how important each thing is to you, be aware that as you look around at your options you may find some of your ideas changing, but don’t romanticize that you can live with an outside toilet because the views are spectacular!
Take your time
This is not something that you can easily change your mind about, so take your time and look around at the various regions in Spain to get an accurate picture of where suits you best. Also, have a look at the different types of property that fit in your budget that are available in different regions, in a lot of cases the difference is very noticeable between towns. Other important things to be aware of are things like: what is the weather like at different times of the year? Are there festivals happening in your back garden every other week? Does the internet disappear when it rains? Does that delightful brook trickling past the side gate overflow in the winter?
Go there, talk to the people already living there, ask them their experiences and take their advice!
Find a Property Company that you Trust
Once you have looked around and found the region you like, found the type of property that best suits your lifestyle and have an understanding of how the process works you need to find a property company that you can trust – especially if you are buying from abroad. In many cases a property finder will be able to help you better than the usual estate agents. Property finders will keep all your criteria in mind and show you only the properties that tick all your boxes, and they work for you not the home seller so you can be sure that they have your best interests at heart.