7 April 2014
Casas Espania does a lot more for buyers than just selling them a property. When we are dealing with a buyer who doesn’t know the language, area, culture or legal system, a certain amount of hand-holding is necessary during the property purchase process.
Advice on travel, amenities, schools, rental regulations is also a part of our service, alongside the usual help on taxes, fees, locations and local property prices. These extra duties continue during the after-sales period too, Casas Espania can assist with service connections, home improvements and other post-purchase requirements.
Recent statistics show that foreigners accounted for a record 21 per cent of property purchases in Spain last year, with the Valencian Community being the region that saw the highest rise in sales to overseas buyers.
Below are the five things Casas Espania frequently assists clients with after they have bought their home.
Buildings and contents insurance is a must for property-owners in Spain. If the property will be left vacant for long periods – as many second homes are – or let to holidaymakers, owners must ensure they have adequate cover. We can arrange for all types of insurances and can offer you products from life insurance which covers funeral plans, to household and motor insurance through to travel cover; and business insurance.
2. Foreign Currency Transfer
When buying a property on the Costa Blanca, one important consideration often overlooked by buyers is finding the most cost-effective, safe and easy way to move your money. We have teamed up with leading foreign currency transfer experts Moneycorp, and can offer buyers better rates of exchange than the banks, without charges.
3. Property Maintenance
It is common for new owners to have improvement plans for their Spanish property, be it:
Our contacts include local and reliable firms, and we can also suggest suitable places to purchase white goods and furniture.
4. TV, Phone and Internet Connections
Buyers should not take it for granted that all properties are sold with telephone or broadband connections, or Satellite TV. Casas Espania will help owners get connected and suggest suitable service providers.
5. Changing Locks/Key Holding Services
It is not uncommon for security conscious owners to change the locks of their Spanish property. Casas Espania can assist with arranging a locksmith to visit a property or purchasing replacement locks. We can also help with having an alarm fitted or key-holding services, both of which non-residents typically choose to do.