If moving to Spain was one of your 2020 goals then it’s completely understandable that you might be having second thoughts at the moment. There’s no getting away from all worry and uncertainty over COVID-19 just now, and who knows how long this situation will continue.
BUT… wherever in the world you’re based, while you can’t travel to Spain at the moment, there are still plenty of things you can do to make finding your dream home in the sun a future reality.
A guide to moving to Spain
Before you start looking at properties, it’s helpful to have a step-by-step list of what’s involved. As us for our free Buyers guide, you’ll find a wealth of detail covering everything you need to know about a successful property purchase and move to Spain. We share the buying process, healthcare in Spain, finance & mortgages, buying a holiday home, retiring in Spain, schools in Spain, legal considerations, and building a home.
Take time to decide what you really want
As obvious at this sounds, before you start searching for your dream home in Andalucia , you need to be clear about what you want. What elements are non-negotiable (e.g. a sea view, close to schools, or being within walking distance to local amenities) and what are ‘nice-to-haves’ (e.g. a private pool or guest cottage for holiday lettings). Why not book a conference call with us on zoom so we can agree on a list of wants, needs, nice-to-haves and non-negotiable items, as well as working out your budget .
Where do you really want to live?
Once you’ve worked out what type of property you want, and your budget, it’s time to research which locations in Andalucia are a perfect match for you! Whether you want to be by the sea or in the mountains, in the heart of an international city or a traditional village, this is where we, as professional Agents with many years experience and an in depth knowledge of Andalucia can give you seriously good advice .
Start looking for your dream property
This is the exciting bit! Firstly, make sure you register on our website so you don’t miss out on any new listings that meet your criteria Once you’re signed up, you can relax, sit back, and let us email you when new properties matching your criteria are listed. While you’re waiting, here are some other things you can do to get ready for your move to the sun…
Get started on the legals
You might not be able to book a viewing trip right now but there’s no time like the present to get your legal ducks in a row. Without an NIE number, Spanish bank account or independent solicitor (Abogado) you won’t be able to complete a property sale in Spain. An NIE is an all-purpose identification and tax number given to any non-native who wants to go through an official process in Spain. The application can take a while, so the sooner you start this process the better. A solicitor who isn’t affiliated with a property firm or money lender is vital. Plus, if they’re bilingual you’ll save on translation fees.
Plan a research and viewing trip
Once you’ve whittled down your property choices to a few sensible prospects, we’d normally recommend getting on a plane and going to see them. And also getting to know the area you’re considering moving to by either visiting or even renting nearby. Learning some conversational Spanish could help you ask relevant questions and it’s worth visiting the community buildings you’ll regularly use like schools, retirement centres or healthcare facilities.
So, although your plans for visiting Spain in person will have been put on hold for now, it’s still an ideal time to start thinking about your viewing trip.
What else can you do right now?
Don’t put your dreams on hold – let our expertise and resources help you start mapping out your journey to enjoying your new life in the Spanish sunshine!