Whether you’re on a tight budget or ready to splash out, whether you’re looking for land to develop or for an ancient cave house, the secret to finding your perfect property in Spain is research research research.
Luckily, there are lots of ways you can get a feel for a place. Here are our top five.
Tip 1 Look at our location guides
Use our location guides to size up the different areas. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at flights from the nearest regional airport to home and start by looking at the Provinces you can easily get to. Then take a look at our blog explaining the different areas and what they have to offer. When you’ve narrowed it down to the Provinces you like, you can look in more detail at the individual resort towns numbered on the Kyero map or listed in the text. From there, you can make a shortlist of places you like the sound of.
Tip 2 Listen to other like-minded people
There’s nothing like advice from someone else who’s been in your shoes. That’s why we started our podcast series. Take some time to listen to other people’s journeys to finding the perfect home in Spain. You’ll see they are very candid about the successes and pitfalls they encountered along the way.
Tip 3 Book a holiday!
You’d never agree to move in with someone you met online without meeting them first, and likewise, you shouldn’t choose your neighbourhood from pictures and words on the internet. It’s so important to take a trip to the place you might be calling home so that you can see for yourself and listen to your instincts. But don’t fall in love yet!
Tip 4 Contact agents and arrange some viewings
Now is the time to see if you can find a house that’s both suitable and within your budget. You can check our property listings on Kyero by location. When you’ve made a shortlist of potential properties, use our portal to make a viewing appointment with the agent. It’s a good idea to fit as many viewings as you can into an extended trip. While you’re there you could visit the Town Hall to find out about schools, healthcare and public transport. You could also go to the various expat meet-ups or organised groups. Even if you don’t intend to mix with people from your country of origin after the move, it will help at this stage to speak to people who have already located to the region and ask for advice or recommendations for services you might need like local solicitors, builders, or banks.
Tip 5 Rent in the short term.
Don’t be disheartened if you don’t find the perfect property at first. It is a daunting decision and a huge change, and renting can offer a good halfway compromise. If you have children starting schools and want to see how it suits them, or if you have a new job role starting and want to get used to your commute, or even if you’ve simply not seen THE apartment you dreamed of, then rent for a little while. Get registered with all the relevant authorities, start the logistics of moving your belongings and begin to get used to your new lifestyle before purchasing that big-ticket property. Then you can be sure to get what you want.
For more information on moving to Spain, you can read our blog on moving to Spain or download our free guide to buying a house in Spain.