Are you thinking about selling your house in Spain but unsure how to start the process? Do you have a property in Orihuela Costa that you need to sell but you live in another country? As estate agents in Orihuela Costa, Welcome Estates know how daunting it can be to sell your Spanish property, especially if you don’t live in Spain. Perhaps you need to sell your holiday home for a more permanent dwelling, or maybe you’ve outgrown your Spanish apartment and need to sell it in order to buy something bigger. Whatever the reason, selling a house is a bit step, especially if you’ve never sold a house in Spain before.
If you’ve decided it’s time to sell and want to know where to start, we have compiled a list of ten things you’ll need to consider when selling Spanish property.
- Familiarise Yourself with Spanish Property Taxes
If only selling property was as straightforward as finding a buyer and agreeing on a price. Unfortunately, there is a lot more involved in the property selling process and it’s important to know what sort of tax implications are involved in selling your property in Spain. If you’re not familiar with the fees and taxes involved you can learn more in our guide to selling Spanish property.
- Hire English Speaking Solicitors
If you’re living in the UK and can’t make it back to Spain to sell your house, it is advisable to have someone legally represent you in your absence. There are English-speaking solicitors who can bridge the language gap if you don’t speak Spanish. When you hire an English-speaking solicitor, they can give you advise you on the relevant taxes and oversee aspects of the sale. Once power of attorney has been granted, your chosen solicitor can represent you during the completion meeting of the sale.
- Deep Clean and Declutter
When it comes to finding things to do before selling your house, cleaning and decluttering should be high on the list. Presenting a clean and tidy property may sound like the obvious thing to do but it’s even more important if you’re not regularly in the property. You can hire a professional cleaner who will freshen up the property and make it presentable for any upcoming viewing. This is also a good time to declutter and get rid of anything that you won’t need in your new home. A clean home not only looks more appealing, but it can also look bigger and more spacious. Additionally, viewers looking to buy your home will find it easier to visualise themselves in the space without visible clutter. As a bonus, this will make life easier for you when it is time to move out since you’ll have fewer things to pack.
- Arrange a Pre-Sale Inspection
Having an inspection of the property before selling will help you to get spot any issues that may cause problems in the future. If you only visit your holiday home a few times a year, this is especially important to spot anything that has changed in your absence. This is a good way to check the plumbing and electrics are in good working order as well as checking for structural issues caused by weather or time. Problems found during the selling process may result in buyers being turned off or asking to reduce the selling price to account for the repairs,
- Do All Repairs
If repairs were highlighted during your pre-sale inspection, make sure they are attended to as soon as possible. Dripping taps, peeling paint or loose fixtures all make bad first impressions on the buyer and could cause them to think there may be other issues you’re not telling them about.
- Find English Speaking Property Agents
The most important step in successfully selling your Spanish property is finding the right agent. Selling a property is complicated enough, but when you add a language barrier, sales jargon and red tape to the mix, this can make it even more confusing. This is where we come in.
Welcome Estates is an English-speaking property agent with an office in Orihuela Costa who will help you to sell your property (and buy a new one if necessary). We are trusted members of The Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP) which is a professional trade body for specialists in the real estate industry who sell and buy foreign properties. Most of our sales team come from the UK and understand the pitfalls that can occur when selling an overseas property – especially when you are not in the same country. We also offer global marketing so our multilingual agents can liaise with buyers from all over the world to help sell your property quickly.
- Get a Valuation
Once you’ve decluttered, freshened up the property and found your dedicated property agents, it’s time to get your home in Spain valued. Welcome Estates can provide you with a valuation free of charge. This will be essential when marketing your property.
- Consider Adding Furniture To The Deal
Whether you’re downsizing, upgrading, or moving back to the UK, if you plan on selling your Orihuela Costa home, you may not want to take your furniture with you. Paying extra costs to ship your furniture to another destination might not be appealing so why not consider selling your furniture with the property? A fully or partially furnished house can be a dream come true for buyers looking for a holiday home or a permanent residence in Spain.
- Time to Stage Your Property
Buyers want to be able to picture themselves in your property and that’s when staging the property will pay off. Create a blank canvas by minimising the number of personal items around the home. Let the characteristics of the house be the focal point without potential buyers being distracted by your family photos and ornaments. Think about keeping the home airy with as much natural light as possible so you can emphasise the feeling of spaciousness.
- Market Your Property
Your marketing efforts will play a huge role in how quickly your house is sold, after all, if no one knows it is available, no one will buy it. Always use professional photos and videos when listing your property for sale. Low-quality images and footage won’t give would-be buyers the best first impression of your house. If you don’t think you can handle marketing your house in Orihuela Costa alone, then you can always leave it to the experts. Trusted property agents like Welcome Estates offer global marketing in multiple languages which opens the market to buyers outside of Spain and the UK. We provide professional imagery and make use of a range of marketing mediums to promote your listing to ensure maximum exposure.
Sell Your Property With Welcome Estates
If you’re ready to put your property in Orihuela Costa on the market, Welcome Estates are here to help. We make it easy for you to sell your Spanish property, especially if you don’t live in Spain. Contact a member of our expert team who can start the process of helping you to sell your house in Orihuela Costa.