FINDING YOUR PERFECT FLAT IN BARCELONA
Today I want to take a moment and discuss in details once again the expectations, the lifestyle and the reality of the rental market in Barcelona.
We are noticing in some of our clients a big crash between what they have been expecting and what the reality is.
So, how do you find your perfect flat?
First and most importantly, make your calculations. We assume you know what your salary will be. In Spain, taxes start at around 21-23% (this is a very rough estimate, as the taxes will depend on many factors). So let´s say your gross salary is 2000 – then you can expect your net salary to be around 1500.
The second most important thing to define is what your lifestyle is and how to make it happen in Barcelona. If you want to party and go out often, you might prefer to live somewhere in the more central parts. In this case, you have to be ready to pay a little bit more than the average for a decent looking flat. I won´t go into too much detail on the numbers, as the price of the flat will depend on many factors. My point here is that after you know what your average income will be, you have to sit down and think what you want or what your priorities are (speaking of lifestyle) in Barcelona. For families, it might be worth it considering the outskirts or some of the villages outside Barcelona.
Third and maybe one of the most important things is to be ready to compromise. We always ask our clients whether a specific requirement is a high priority or not. Like everything else in life, finding the perfect one that matches your imagination 100% is not highly likely. For example “I can live without a terrace or elevator, but the bathroom/kitchen must be modern.” This is strictly individual, but before you start the search (with an agency or by yourself), you have to have these things clear.
If you don´t know Barcelona prior to your move, we strongly advise, assuming that it´s possible, that you take your time and first maybe rent a flat for a couple of weeks while you are looking for your long term flat. Why? Because you need to “feel” the city, to go around the areas, see where to find what. Even if you work with a relocation agency you will hear our advice and opinion of the neighborhoods, but in the end this is simply another point of view. Of course, we can tell you to avoid this and that neighborhood, but this won´t be the same as you going and checking them for yourself. In other words, if you can take your sweet time, do it. Long-term it will save you some moving around flats, not to mention disappointment, and most of all – money.
So to resume:
- keep in mind your income
- know what lifestyle you want and how to apply it in Barcelona term
- be ready to compromise with some things
- and if possible get to know the city before your move!