When you are thinking about buying a property on the Costa del Sol, there are many things to consider in order to ensure that no costly mistakes are made.
If it isn’t done with certain considerations in mind, buying a property in Marbella, Estepona or Benahavis could cost you more than you bargained for. The process of house buying can be a source of major stress wherever you are.
This is why Paradise Marbella pulls out all the stops to make sure that our customers always get the best deal – whichever side of the fence they’re on. Our team of experts know very well the pitfalls and common errors made when buying and selling property. There are certainly some golden rules to follow.
Houses for sale on the Costa del Sol can be very tempting; this we understand. It can be very exciting searching for a new property, but before you rush in and buy based on its mind-blowing aesthetics, though, it would be prudent to have assessed the property fully.
1. Don’t judge a book by its cover
Your first impressions are important, but they are not all. Sellers will of course be looking to secure the best price for their property and so are likely to put some effort into improving the facilities and appearance of the property before putting it on the market. This is great on one hand, and potentially deceiving on another.
The overall appearance of a room can be misleading, so it’s important to study the structure of the place. Look out for appliances that are past their ‘use by’ date, and loose wires. Don’t be fooled by fresh paint because what’s underneath is more important over the long term.
The way the house smells is also a good indicator of its genuine condition. If you notice any unpleasant smells such as gas – and especially sewage – take heed: there could be issues with clogged pipes. Cigarette smells can be hard to remove, as can pet odour and mildew.
- Check the insulation
When searching through the options of houses for sale in costa del sol, keep something in mind: if the property seems old or in any way dilapidated, there may be issues with the heating or cooling systems in place. These can be costly to replace or repair, and if they’re not efficient, they can create a major dent in your finances in terms of bills.
As for the windows, double-glazing is a far safer bet than single-pane windows, and they also help to keep your property soundproofed.
- Pipes and plumbing should be in tip-top condition
Make sure that you have a good idea what’s going on with the pipes and the plumbing in general, as these are hidden problems that can be very expensive if you miss them. Take a look under the kitchen sinks, check the boiler, and look out for any water damage and leaks; keep an eye out for mold, which can create havoc with your health and is very challenging to keep at bay.
- Look up!
It is possible to be so focused on what’s happening at ground level that you forget to check the roof out properly. If the roof is new, great. This can have a positive impact on insurance costs. If it appears to have any holes in it, slate missing or collapsing areas, this will need to be addressed before buying a property, as it can be extremely expensive to repair.
Find out what materials have been used in the construction too – strong, wind and hail-proof materials are preferable.
- Compare the facilities to your lifestyle
Check for quality throughout the house. It is wise to consider what you will be doing in the house, what your daily requirements are. Consider whether this house has the facilities to meet them. This can mean appropriate storage or a large garden, adequate office or garage space; even a swimming pool.
- Consider the entire area
It is not only your Costa del Sol dream home that you should be looking at. The outside of the house is important, but so is the history of the area and the lay of the land; it would be a real shock to find out that flooding was common in the area after you’ve moved in, for example.
Think about with whom you’re sharing the area, too. If the property is shared with neighbours in close proximity, do you have adequate fencing or sound insulation?
- Use a professional who knows what to look for
Sometimes it is easier to have a professional, experienced Estate Agent check the property over for you, or to consult an agent that does this as standard before selling properties. Professionals usually have much more experience in understanding the state of the foundations, wiring and nasties like bugs and pests.
Taking the above steps, or dealing with an agent that can do or has done this in advance will mean that you are getting the most appropriate price for the property, and mitigate the risks of repair costs.
Europrestige pride ourselves on being an integral Realtor and our experience speaks for itself. We have the knowhow when it comes to properties for sale in the Costa del Sol, and we listen carefully to your requirements, take them very seriously and come back to you with the best possible options for your budget and lifestyle. We offer a wide range of services so that all your needs are met. If you’re happy, we’re happy. Get in touch!