The Spanish Property Buyers Guide to Snagging

A recent shocking report revealed that a staggering 95% of new apartments had more than 10 defects each on completion!! 

YOU can make sure your Spanish dream doesn't turn into a "House of Horrors"

From:  Justin Aldridge
Manilva, Spain
Monday, 24 September 2007


Dear Spanish Property Buyer

For most people buying a property in Spain is truly a dream come true.  You've put up with the delays, followed the progress of the build and found yourself the best mortgage.  You then wait for your lawyer to call you with the magic words..."your property is ready".

But, this is just the beginning of another potential headache....

You've waited 2, 3 maybe even 4 or 5 years for your property in Spain to be completed.  You think you're finally there when you're at the notary, signing the "escritura" when the jingle of the keys in your hand brings a rush of relief and happiness to you.

Full of joy you rush out of the notary, wave a (hopefully) final goodbye to your lawyer on your way to check out your wonderful new pad in Spain...only to find that all is not as it should be.

The place is dirty, some light switches aren't in place properly, the walls are marked, the bedroom door doesn't close well, the skirting boards are this stage you begin to wonder what you have actually bought!

The clock starts ticking as within just 15 days you have to let the developer know exactly what problems you've found with your property.  The snagging process begins....but where do YOU begin?  Do you know what to look for?  Do you know how to report it to the Spanish?  This can be a worrying time for Spanish home buyers.


"The rate of construction is inversely proportional to the quality of the build"


It's no secret that the construction industry in Spain has been booming over the past few years.  Developers have been rushing to build properties at a faster rate than ever before, maximising profits but resulting in some of the worst levels of quality ever.

Construction workers are normally paid for quantity not quality.  This means that the end product is not always as good as it should be.

At the end of the day the developer is usually more concerned with getting his money than worrying about the quality of your property.  Quality control is not the developer's highest priority.


"A property without a defect is about as likely as a developer finishing a property on time!"


The post-completion stage of a new property can often be the most disappointing and frustrating time for Spanish property buyers, more so even than putting up with the delay in the build.

It's therefore vitally important at this stage to take control and ensure that the developer finishes your property to your satisfaction.  Having paid thousands of Euros for your property it's only right that they make sure all the faults are put right.  You wouldn't buy a new car and drive it out of the showroom covered in scratches....and a car is worth considerably less than a property. 

It's therefore time to put on your snagging hat and start putting together the snag list.

Snagging is crucial, getting it right can save you thousands of Euros.  On the other hand, getting it wrong can can leave you with a problem property.  Unfortunately many people don't take this seriously enough and end up with a catalogue of problems rendering it impossible for new owners to fully enjoy their dream property.

Knowing what to do and how to go about it is the problem for many....


"The Beginners Guide To Snagging"


When it comes to snagging your property you basically have two options.  Hire a professional or do it yourself.  Professional snagging inspections are not cheap and you can save yourself a lot of money by doing it yourself. 

Enter Fiona Catchpowle...

Fiona started out just like us.  She bought her first off plan property in Spain a few years ago and really didn't want to get ripped off by the developers, so set about trying to find a step-by-step guide to help her through the snagging process.  She didn't find anything!

Not one to be beaten she set about researching everything there was to know about snagging properties in Spain and as a result compiled her own step-by-step system to do this.  Her system proved so successful that she was soon carrying out inspections for other people.

The natural progression was to turn her system into an ebook, "The Beginners Guide To Snagging" so that everyone could benefit from her well developed and proven system.


Fiona comments, "It's easy to carry out your own inspection report using the same system as the professionals, that works every time."  Just look at what Fiona's book has to offer:

Tick A step-by-step guide to snagging your property for best results 
Tick Ready made templates to use on-site - In English AND Spanish
Tick Make it easy for the developer to give you what you want. 
Tick Glossary of useful phrases
Tick Saves you time, money and stress
Tick Saves you from looking like an amateur!
Tick And so much more....

But don't just take my word for it, read what previous buyers of Fiona's book have to say about it:

"Fiona, your ebook has been money well spent for me"

As a first time purchaser abroad its money well spent having helped me to undertake what is a very daunting task with a lot more confidence. Snagging is definitely not something you should take lightly, no matter how much confidence you have in the developer.

--- Steve Lacey

"Uncomplicated, practical and excellent"

I found the book uncomplicated, practical and an excellent means of assisting the first time off plan buyer to confidently approach the snagging process.

--- Andrew Beveridge

"I must have been mad contemplating completing without it"

Just bought your snagging pdf book - made me put off the completion of my apartments - was going to let the solicitors sign for me and I had never seen them before. Also read the Polaris World forum and people complaining about snags and no utilities! I must have been mad.

--- David Moore

"Straight-forward, easy to use guide, which points out potential problem areas"

Straight-forward, easy to use guide, which points out potential problem areas that the inexperienced observer may easily miss. The section on what to take with you when undertaking a snagging exercise I found especially useful. The snagging sheets are also very helpful, as they help both to make a systematic assessment and also to provide the information in an organised way.

--- P Rendall


"How much does this essential ebook cost?"


"The Beginners Guide to Snagging" is a 63 page ebook packed full of useful information and pictures guiding you through the snagging process of your Spanish home for a one-off payment of just 27 Euros.

As a special Eye on Spain bonus we are offering a full 100% money back guarantee for 30 days, no questions asked (although we're pretty convinced you won't need to take up this part of the offer!).  Just say the word and we'll refund you the full price of the ebook, and we'll still part as friends.  Fair enough?

But wait, there's more....

Purchase "The Beginner's Guide To Snagging" and you'll also receive...

"Four Exclusive Bonuses!Yours Absolutely FREE!"

Super Bonus #1:
How To Choose A Property Management Company 
(€7 value)

Most Spanish property home owners will normally employ the services of a property management company to key hold and take care of their property.  Some may even arrange rentals for the owners.  Choosing a good company that you can trust is much more difficult that you would think.  This guide will help you through the decision process.

Super Bonus #2:
How To Choose Holiday Home Furniture
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Choosing the right furniture for your property depends on what you want to use it for.  Is it for personal use?  Will you be renting it out?  Maybe a bit of both?  Use this to guide you to right furniture for your Spanish property.

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Snagging Templates - English
(€9 Value)

Once you're equipped with all your newly acquired snagging knowledge, you can edit and print off these useful templates to take with you and fill in when you're on site.

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No excuse from the builders....your own snagging templates in Spanish!

Now you're just a couple of clicks away from having the knowledge to hand for a successful snagging process for your property in Spain PLUS receive our 4 extra FREE bonuses.

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Happy snagging!


Justin Aldridge
Eye on Spain

P.S.  Remember that you have a full 30 day money back guarantee (no questions asked) should you find the ebook isn't for you.  You get to keep the ebook and we refund you the full amount.  You have absolutely nothing to lose.


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