Very rarely do you buy a house without seeing it first. Obviously with a property abroad this is going to take a lot more effort than a drive across town. Either way, it’s something completely worth doing as you can only tell so much about a house or a location from photos on the internet. A trip to where you are considering buying is the only way to help you know for sure if it is the right place for you.

Explore the locality

Of course you’re not just visiting a property though, you’ll be able to get a feel for the area as well. When you go out there, take your time to get a feel for place you might be moving to. Go for a wander, visit some bars and restaurants, investigate some shops, and even try the local transport system. Try also speaking to some of the locals about the area and see what the British expat community is like in that area as they will be able to give you invaluable information. This will all help you understand your potential new home a lot better.

Bring your phrasebook

Having a translator on hand is advisable when the time comes for more formal visits and the signing of papers, but a simple viewing might not justify that cost. If you can’t speak the language, get together some useful phrases and questions so that you can interact with the person showing you around. It might not get you too far, but the more information you can get yourself the better.

A trip doesn’t mean commitment

While the trip you’ve made to see the property might have involved a lot of effort, don’t feel like you have to justify that by making a decision there and then. Even if you fall in love with the place, be wary. You wouldn’t say yes on the spot in the UK and the same applies here.

Finding a place that you want is just the beginning. What it’ll do is help you focus your research more effectively which means it will be easier to know if you’re making the right choice. Also, under no circumstances should you sign for a property without a translator. Don’t get caught out.




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