Lovely isn’t it, but if you are looking for a propertyremember that for approximately 8 months of the year, especially away from the coastal strip, the weather is temperate with heavy rains and cold winds sometimes for days or even weeks on end. In summer it can be very hot, leading to annual temperature ranges in the region of 40º in inland areas. Similarly, humidity can range from 100% down to less than 10% between seasons.

·         Defects in buildings and their surrounds can vary significantly due to difference in temperature and humidity, with damp disappearing during the summer heat, but returning significantly during winter. If the evidence is not there or has been decorated over, then even if you know the signs and where to look, it cannot be seen with a visual inspection and you’ll have to make assumptions.

·         In spite of increased building regulation, during building surveys we still find that typical Spanish design and ‘it’s always been done this way’ construction tends to concentrate on reducing the effects of heat rather than ensuring draft-proofing, internal warmth and lack of humidity and damp, all of which are more important for those 8 ‘other’ months…