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Help if you’ve bought off-plan on Spain’s Costa del Sol

After the initial excitement of buying an off-plan property in Spain, the construction of your dream home might not run quite as smoothly as you’d imagined. Buying off-plan in any foreign country can be a stressful experience, especially when dealing with developers and trying to ensure their work meets the specifications you’ve paid for – even more so if you’re based abroad and don’t speak the lingo…

Buying off planThere are plenty who are snapping up incredible bargains by buying property that has yet to be fully completed direct from developers. Now, after the initial excitement of buying an off-plan property in Spain, (and hopefully grabbing yourself a real bargain at the same time), the construction of your dream home might not run quite as smoothly as you’d imagined.

Buying off-plan in any foreign country can be a stressful experience, especially when dealing with developers and trying to ensure their work meets the specifications you’ve paid for – even more so if you’re based abroad and don’t speak the lingo. 

In much the same way that numerous companies and individuals offer property management services up and down the coast, there are also those who offer some form of pre-completion inspection service.

Typically they’ll be the Real Estate agent you bought the property through, or a property management company, and they’ll sell themselves as the people to trust to oversee the building of your dream home without you having to.

However, the level of service they’re able to offer you will vary dramatically, so here’s a piece of advice – it’s worth taking the time to find the right company to do this for you, otherwise buying your dream home could turn into a total nightmare.

Your best bet would be a reliable, professional property management company with a good reputation and conscientious staff that offers a comprehensive pre-completion inspection service.

Ideally, that company should be able to keep you informed of what’s going on with your new build every step of the way via online monthly property and development checks with suites of photos showing the building progress and any building schedule reports from your developer.

And, as construction work draws to an end, they should be able to produce for you and your lawyer a final ‘snagging list’ in English and Spanish, detailing any build imperfections and other issues that have to be dealt with in order to complete your property to specification.

Then, when everything is finished to your satisfaction and it’s time to turn your off-plan property into a holiday home or suitable rental accommodation, your property management company should be able offer you the benefit of their experience and point you in the right direction to find tried and trusted interior designers and furnishing package suppliers to turn your house into a home, as well as upgrade you automatically to a full property management service.

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