A few days ago a very good friend of mine told me she dreams of moving to Spain. It got me thinking… how does one do that? What should you consider before moving to Spain?
For once, you should learn some basic Spanish. Even though if you managed to navigate through your holidays in touristic places, it might not be an option when living here and visiting all the local shops who are not so big on tourists.
Consider the siesta (usually from 2pm to 5pm) when most of the shops and other places are closed. It might not be a big deal, but it certainly takes some getting used to.
Consider the cost of living. When doing my little research I came across this page that informs that the cost of living can be from €800 to €1,000 per person per month. Are you ready for that?
When moving, you should remember about basic needs, such as best phone deals and renting laws. As I am no expert in this, once again I will refer you to this page for the best phone deals and this page for the renting laws.
When buying or renting a property in Spain, one of the most important decisions you will make is determining what area to look for a property in. Spain is an extremely varied country, with so many different places to choose from, and so it is important to consider your options carefully.
You should consider areas where it is easier for you to integrate. Aspects such as the local community take on increased importance. If you are moving as a family, you’ll want to discover information about the local schools. One big mistake a lot of people make is moving to the exact area where they enjoyed their two week holiday. It can work for some individuals, but for others, it proves to be the wrong choice. Two weeks of sun and sangria is bliss, 365 days of it… not so much. Plus, if you have kids, you’ll find their friends come and go in tourist areas, and so a more settled community works wonders. After all, there’s nothing stopping you going to your favourite beach or resort every weekend.
Price also plays a pivotal role. A lot of people are tempted by the lure of a seaside property. Nonetheless, you can expect to part with a large chunk of money for an apartment or house by the sea. Instead, if you can afford to be flexible, simply drive twenty minutes inland and you’ll find some bargain properties. North East Spain provides spectacular properties along the coast. These are largely used as second homes. People leave the big cities, such as London and Barcelona, and enjoy the idyllic escape of a summer retreat by the sea. These properties are often rented out to tourists during the summer months in order to make a profit or indeed cover mortgage payments or the high maintenance costs. You may need to rent first and buy afterward. This can be beneficial if you are unsure regarding what to want, as well as if you have existing debts. Use a credit card APR calculator to determine how long it will take you to pay off your debts so you can have a goal regarding when you will be able to secure a mortgage in Spain by. Until then, you can rent so you don’t have to put your Spanish dream off.
In order to live the dream in Spain full-time, you need to carefully consider what facilities are close to the property. A lot of people get tempted by cliffside properties for sale, with their dramatic appearance and wonderful views. Yet, they move in there, and realise the hassle associated with having to drive everywhere for something as small as a pint of milk.
There is undoubtedly a lot to take into account when looking for a property in Spain. You have to begin by outlining your real reason for wanting a property in the country. After this, there’s an abundance of factors that must be considered. Use the tips above to assist you!
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