You need to get a really good idea of what your perfect home is, and you can then start looking for it! To help you on your way, the Spain Buying Guide has put together a list of questions for you to jot down and ask yourself.
ABOUT THE PROPERTY
- Whereabouts do you want to live? For example, the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol or Mallorca?
- What kind of location are you interested in? The countryside, or a village, a town, a city or a coastal resort?
- What type of property are you after? A modern apartment, town house or villa? Maybe a quirky character home, or a cortijo (farmhouse) with outbuildings?
- Do you want to be in a tourist development or in a more residential area? Do you want to be amongst other expats and foreigners, or live somewhere a little more authentic and Spanish?
- How big does it need to be? How many bedrooms?
- Are you looking for an old property that you can renovate, redecorate or perhaps something new that requires no work?
- Do you want/need a terrace, off-road parking, a garden or a swimming pool - or even land with fruit trees?
- What type of view would you prefer?
- What else is needed to fulfill your property requirements?
- How far away do you want to be from local amenities like bars, shops, restaurants, local markets, beaches, or marinas?
- How close do you want to be to the airport/s?
- Are there adequate pharmacy and medical facilities in the area?
- What else do you need? Schools, entertainment, gym?
- Will you need public transport?
- When can you realistically think about viewing properties?
- When will you be in a financial position to purchase and what will your budget be?
- By when would you like to have been handed the keys to your new property?
Try and pull together as much information on moving to Spain as you can – both positive and negative! Research newspapers, magazines, books, etc. Look online at expat groups/forums (particularly for issues or complaints that stand out or reoccur) and Spanish property websites. Visit overseas property exhibition to get first-hand information without actually going to Spain. Make copious notes on anything you see that takes your fancy. Any questions that you can’t find the answer to, write it down somewhere so you can return to it later. By doing all of this, you will start to put a picture together of what your options are; the more you understand, the easier you will find the whole process. Everything that you come across can be used to form your brief – and this can be utilised along the way, keeping you focused and ensuring you do not get pushed off course. Your budget is also important here – you need to know exactly how much you are willing to pay, and how you are going to do so, from the beginning.