Spanish Property Snagging List

When buying a property abroad, the language barrier is often one of the toughest parts of the property buying deal.

If you are buying a new Spanish property, before you complete at the Notary’s office, you will need to inspect the property and drag up a snagging list. This snagging list can then be given to a reputable builder and to your solicitor and written acknowledgement can then be drawn up to ensure that the snags are dealt with within a reasonable time frame.

To help you draw up your Spanish property snagging list, the team at BuyingForeignProperty.com have put together a list of common terms which should help you create your list:

Common Words:
Air-conditioning aire-acondicionado
Apartment/Flat : piso
Balcony : balcon
Bath : bañera
Bathroom : baño
Bedroom : dormitorio
Bell : timbre
Brick : ladrillo
Ceiling : techo
Central heating : calefaccion
Cupboard : armario
Curtain : cortina
Detached house : chalet/villa
Dining-room : comedor
Door : puerta
External wall : muro
Extractor : extractor
Fence : valla
Floor : suelo
Floor tile : baldosa
Frame : marco
Fridge/Freezer : frigorifico-congelador
Garage : garaje
Garden : jardin
Gate : verja
Glass : cristal
Grill : reja
Hand-rail : barandilla
Hob : quemador
Inside wall : pared
Keys : llaves
Kitchen : cocina
Lamp : lampara
Light : luz/luces
Light bulb : bombilla
Lock : cerradura
Lounge : salon
Mirror : espejo
Oven : horno
Paint : pintura
Picture : cuadro
Pipe : tubo
Piping : tuberia
Plug/Socket : enchufe
Roller blind : persiana
Roof : tejado
Roof tile : teja
Rug/Carpet : alfombra
Shower : ducha
Shutter : contraventana
Soil : tierra
Solarium : solario
Staircase : escalera
Stones : piedras
Switch : interruptor
Tap : grifo
Terrace : terraza
Terraced House : casa adosada
Toilet : aseo
Wall tile : azulejo
Washbasin : lavabo
Window : ventana
Wire : cable
Wood : madera

Useful Phrases:
A crack : Hay una grieta
A hole : Hay un agujero
It doesn´t fit properly : No encaja bien
It doesn´t work : No funciona
It won´t open : No abre
It won´t shut : No cierra
It won´t switch off : No apaga
It won´t switch on : No enciende
It´s broken : Esta roto
It´s damaged : Esta danado
It´s damp : Esta humedo
It´s leaking : Tiene una fuga
It´s loose : Esta suelto
It´s not straight : No esta recto
It´s ruined : Esta estropeado
It´s scratched : Esta rayado
It´s stuck/blocked/obstructed : Esta atascado
It´s wet : Esta mojado

We hope the Spanish property snagging list vocabulary is useful. If there are any words you feel we’ve missed, please add them in the comments section below and we’ll update our list!

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