When the UK way of life is driving you mad, it can be very tempting to put as much distance between that and you and picture yourself lounging by a pool in the sunshine at a safe distance from all the stresses at home.
But be warned - after a few weeks on your sun bed you may find yourself missing all the "problems" you left behind; e.g. family members, a stressful job, even the English rain; it can vary every time...
Many migrants also probably didnt think of… Falling ill Financial problems/income The language barrier between the British and the Spanish. (therefore difficult in finding a good job) The increasing problems age can bring e.g. disability, health problems, etc (Spanish elderly health care is completely different to the English) Different culture Older children suffering with problems such as homesickness, isolation and inadequacy at a foreign school
Other problems... Complications with taking pets abroad, i.e: microchips, veterinary certificate, animal ID, etc are compulsory. Three month old animals, or under, are not accepted into the country.
Because of these problems, the consequences can sometimes be catastrophic… Some migrants are forced to sell up and come back to the UK. Many of them often have no savings or property to come back to either. This is because of the huge influx of elderly settlers is putting a massive strain on Spains health care services. Because of the strain, some Spanish doctors are refusing to treat anyone who does not speak Spanish unless they have an interpreter at present The reason why they do this, is because they fear they might make a wrong diagnosis and be sued.
Instead of escaping the problems back at home, you may also be confronted by a new set of problems, e.g: The lazy mañana (tomorrow) attitude the Spaniards can sometimes display. Fairly limited jobs for those who do not speak the language. Low job wages. Unpredictable water etc...
When buying a property in Spain, people also need to look out for: Legally invalid property sale agreements Fraud description of property; e.g. incorrect measurements of the number of square metres of the property itself. Property built on land in the absence of required permits on land, leading to demolition of the property.
Not being too pressured into buying a property until a lawyer has been able to make an evaluation of the legal status of it Not to sign any documents or purchase any contracts before having them checked by an independent solicitor. Using professional help to avoid complications