Surveyors in Spain
We, as a company, recommend that you consult with property surveyors BEFORE you begin negotiations to purchase a property. Our recommendation is to help you in understanding what you are stepping into potentially. Assuming you know little to no Spanish language and are void of knowing anything in terms of the legal rules and customs, we are hands on in making sure you are made aware through our inspections (if anything were to crop up). Especially here in the Costa del Sol, the legal requirements can be complicated due to amendments to the law in 2002 that saw many properties being seen as illegal, even if valid planning permission has been carried out. However, since 2012 many have been legalised again, though not all.
Even in cases of supposedly “clean” real estate in Marbella and elsewhere in Spain, it is absolutely possible that real estate ownership is not or incorrectly registered in the land registry, official reductions are missing, rights of way have not been registered, etc. We, as real estate surveyors, have direct online access to cadastre and land registry, which is how we can usually have the information ready for clients in less than two hours.
Our bühler & partners architects and surveyors in Spain can assist in finding out statistics in building laws and legal backgrounds. Through this we can summarise a property’s defects through our home buyer’s report. Through this procedure, it is then plausible to continue the purchase of your ideal property in the Costa del Sol or elsewhere in Spain without worries or problems incurring.
Surveying and Defects
With buying a home, it is a massive investment. With investing so much money into a property, you of course want to ensure that everything about it is in working order and that the price is fair to what you are buying. This is why the home buyer’s report that we draw up is so important; it ensures everything matches and is as it should be. Does the claimed number of square metres match the home buyers report? What does the purchase deed say? Are there any things I should know before purchase, such as rights of way, dispensabilities? Are all important documents available, reductions, electric and water mains connection, etc.? Is that lovely roof terrace of the pent house now mine, just as the nice estate agent said, or does it actually belong to the community? These are the types of thing that need to be investigated before an initial approach to a selling party. Since we, as real estate surveyors, have direct access to the Spanish land register, we can order a land registry extract within less than 24 hours to move the procedure along.
As much as slight cosmetic issues can try and be covered up, anything that is seen as harmful or worthy of reducing the price of the property, The Home Inspector Spain will discover it and use it to their advantage in their home buyer’s report. The defects we discover are drawn up and assessed against the property’s price to solve how much the property is actually worth. From this point, and not before, the client is viable to approach the seller with a reduced price for the property.
The Home Inspector Spain wants to ensure that you get the property you love for the price you deserve. Defects in a property are rightly so to be the reason why a property’s price can drop, and we aim to always find any that will help in saving our client’s money in the long run with their dream home.