|June 22, 2018||No Comments|
As overseas Estate agents, we know there are a number of things that we may be called upon to assist clients with, that would not be necessary in the UK. However, here we have buyers who often do not know the local language, may be unfamiliar with the area, and are dealing with a sometimes complicated legal system. It is natural they turn to us looking for help, even for matters outside the buying process.
Buyers typically need to have information about travel, local amenities including schools, rules regarding renting a property out, and help with local town hall taxes. If you buy a property in Spain and need help with any of the previous mention subjects, your real estate agent is probably the best person to ask. Like us, will be used to helping clients with such queries.
Below are some of the more common questions we get asked outside the regular Javea property buying process – and topics your estate agent will be able to help you with in your particular area if you’re new to Spain.
Even if our clients do not question us about home insurance, it is a topic we usually bring up because many foreign buyers leave their properties vacant at certain times of the year, and sometimes for a long period. It’s very important to make sure you have the right cover for your Spanish property, and if you plan on letting it out, you must make sure you are covered to rent.
Make sure you find out if your property already have Internet connections or installation for satellite TV before purchasing. You should not take it for granted that the property is sold with these features because very often this will not be the case. Your estate agent will be able to advise you on the best deals regarding TV and broadband.
While not imperative, it is a very good idea to change the locks when you buy a property in Javea, or anywhere else for that matter, that has been on the market. One never knows exactly how many sets of keys have been handed to agents, etc, or if the property was previously rented out and ex-tenants may still have keys. Your agent will be able to advise you and recommend a locksmith. You might also want to consider a security alarm if you plan on being away for long periods.
If you viewed your property off-season, you may not be aware of how hot it can get in the summertime, and if your new home does not have air conditioning installed, it is something you will want to look into. Again, ask your estate agent to recommend a company for air conditioning installation or any other home improvements you might have in mind.