Useful Spanish Phrases To Secure The Perfect Home
For those people who are planning on living in Spain or an Hispanic country, the main task to accomplish is to find an ideal property to call home. Whether you’re going to be renting your home or buying it, let’s have a selection of useful Spanish phrases to help you obtain a dream place you can call home and immerse yourself in the fabulous Hispanic lifestyle!
Vale, you’ve found un agente de la propiedad inmobiliaria and you want to ask for details concerning their properties. Here comes the first of your useful Spanish phrases and it is so easy:
Hola, me gustarï¿½a que diese informaciï¿½n sobre los pisos/las casas en venta/alquiler – I would like to get some information as regards apartments/houses for renting/buying
More often than not, you’re going to be asked:
ï¿½Quï¿½ busca usted? or: ï¿½Busca usted algo en particular?
Simply respond with a short description of what you’re searching for, such as:
Estaba buscando un piso/ï¿½tico/una casa con al menos dos/tres habitaciones una de ellas de matrimonio, y con terraza o balcï¿½n – I’m seeking an apartment/a studio/a house that has a minimum of 2/3 bedrooms, one a double-room and with a terrace or balcony
Other key words you can include here are: A estenar – brand new, amueblado – furnished, con un ascensor – with a lift (if the apartment is on or above the fourth floor, I’ll typically make sure I ask if there’s an elevator) and bien situado – well situated. You could possibly furthermore come across this as bien comunicado in some agentes de la propiedad inmobiliaria.
If they have a place that interests you and you’d like more details, just ask:
ï¿½Puede darme un folleto informativo? – May I have a brochure?
An aspect of the Spanish language that could throw you is that there are two Spanish expressions used to mean “deposit”: Una entrada and Una fianza.
Here’s a nice example to bring some clarity:
ï¿½Cuï¿½nto es la fianza del alquiler y cuï¿½l es la duraciï¿½n del contrato? – How much is the deposit for the rent and how long is the duration of the contract?
Para firmar las escrituras de la casa, es necesario dar una entrada del 20% y tener un aval bancario – To sign the deeds of the house, it is necessary to give a 20% deposit and to have a banking endorsement.
Couple of other useful Spanish phrases for you in that sentence: un aval bancario, a banking endorsement and las escrituras, the deeds. And here’s one or two more helpful phrases you are bound to see:
Soleados y amplios – Sunny and spacious. Even if the property isn’t big enough to accommodate a hamster you’re going to see this phrase without a doubt!
Tiene humedades – It has damp, look out if you come across this!
Calefacciï¿½n general – If the property is an apartment, watch out for this. It is saying the whole building only has one boiler that cannot be controlled by the tenants who will share the cost of the heating bill. A sensible move is to make clear the flat has calefacciï¿½n individual, this way, you have control over the heating, and you’ll only be required to pay for the heating you have used.
To conclude, let’s have last in our list of useful Spanish phrases and it’s one to be aware of as it can easily confuse non-native speakers. It’s all about making arrangements to pay the rent or the mortgage and as you check through the contract, you might come across this:
Se puede pagar por transferencia bancaria o solamente mediante talï¿½n
I’m certain you’ve got most of that Spanish phrase easily translated until you saw, talï¿½n which is the Spanish term for heel. How confusing! Paying by heel – what does that indicate? Let’s end the confusion because it simply denotes that you can make payments with checks, another vibrant useful Spanish phrase to introduce to your ever-increasing Spanish vocabulary.