Booking a viewing trip to Spain can be a very exciting time, as it means that you’re one step closer to purchasing your dream Spanish property! This time of year is traditionally the most popular time for overseas buyers to make trips abroad to find their next home, as it allows them to get a taste for what Spain is like during the summer months. In this article, we outline some of the most important things not to forget when booking a Spanish property viewing trip.
Things to remember before you go away;
1 – Research
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to understand what is expected before you book your Spanish property viewing trip. Envisaging yourself sipping cocktails on a terrace or sunbathing by the pool can distract from the task at hand. Try spending some time researching the area you want to live in and consider what you can afford – including additional costs you will need to pay such as legal fees, commission etc. You may also want to think about whether you’ll need a Spanish mortgage to help raise extra funds. These are important details that could be the factor standing between you and your Spanish property.
At Spanish Legal Homes, you will be able to communicate with your property agent or developer to discuss exactly what your needs are and what you can afford before you book the trip. This way, you’ll ensure that you can make the most out of your Spanish property viewing trip and make a more informed decision about the properties when you are out there. If you would like to discuss your needs or requirements with a member of our team, you can fill in our simple viewing trip form here>>.
2 – Take advantage of current market conditions
The uncertainty of Brexit can put many individuals off purchasing a Spanish property. However, the right to buy property in Spain will never be restricted to only citizens who are part of the EU.
Anyone who is able to fund a Spanish property, regardless of where you are located around the world, can buy, own and rent a property in Spain.
The fundamentals of purchasing and owning a property in Spain will remain the same after Brexit, meaning that if your dream is to own property in Spain, it will still be achievable regardless of the outcome. Spain has been keen to express its plan to continue welcoming British homeowners to Spain. If you are still concerned, you can read more about it here>>.
Things to remember when you are away:
3 – Explore the area
If you don’t already know the locations well, it’s a good idea to suss out the regions and local areas on your viewing trip to Spain, as you may discover that you prefer a nearby town or village more. Exploring the area gives you the chance to try out local bars and restaurants, walk along beaches and suss out nearby transport links. This can help inform you about your potential day-to-day life living in a property in Spain, and if the area you have chosen is suitable in fulfilling your needs.
Our Spanish-based property experts have lots of local knowledge, and are happy to give you all the information you require to make the best decision about the location of your Spanish property. They will guide you around the areas and give you the chance to dine in a range of local restaurants at mealtimes, to give you a feel for the Spanish atmosphere firsthand.
Our Spanish property viewing trips allow you some personal time to explore the local areas on your own, after dinner. We believe this gives you the chance to relax and think about the properties you have viewed throughout the day. Click here to read the full itinerary >>
4 – Book multiple viewings
Walking through the front door and immediately imagining yourself living in the Spanish property is always a good sign. At Spanish Legal Homes, our property experts will show you 8-10 properties per day that will fit your budget and requirements. This ensures that you keep an open mind when viewing all the properties and don’t get carried away with the excitement and miss out on any potential homes.
An additional viewing of each promising property, after a first look, can help you know exactly what you are getting for your money and ensure potential concerns are not missed. On the 4th day of your Spanish viewing trip with us, you’ll have the opportunity to revisit the properties that you liked the most. This second viewing gives you an additional opportunity to ask your agent any specific questions you have, after looking around the first time.
5 – Don’t be afraid to ask questions
It’s easy to forget to ask necessary questions when you’re swept up in the excitement of viewing property in Spain – especially if it’s your first Spanish property viewing trip! We recommend you create a list of questions to ask your estate agent while you’re looking around the properties. This can help you finalise your decision and ensure that any potential properties will suit your needs. Our friendly property experts will put you under no pressure to make big decisions and will happily answer as many questions as you would like.
Here are some questions you could ask your agent:
- How long has the property been on the market?
- Does the property come fully furnished?
- How many viewings has the property had?
- How far is the property from local amenities?
- What are the transport links like?
- Has there been any recent improvement work on the property?
A list of questions to can keep you on track – it’s always best to ask more questions at this stage than to face a surprise on completion!
Feel ready? Why not book your viewing trip today!
If you’re now feeling more confident to own a Spanish property yourself, why not start the process by booking one of our 3-4 day £99 property viewing trips?
Our Spanish property viewing trips include return flights from UK airports, accommodation, and all main meals giving you the ease you need to explore the local areas. One of our property experts will guide your viewing trip, imparting local knowledge and showing you 8-10 properties per day.