It’s not hard to see why Gran Canaria is such a popular choice amongst people looking for a timeshare. Great weather, great food and just a short flight out of the UK – what more do you need to know!
Looking for a timeshare in Gran Canaria can be a lot of fun but it can also be a challenge. While English is fairly widely spoken across the island, it can be helpful to learn a few vital phrases to make the process easier. In fact, these will be helpful if you’re looking to buy timeshare in any Spanish-speaking country!
“¿Qué otros servicios hay en la zona?”
‘What amenities are in the area?’ – You may well find the perfect pad that fits tidily within your budget but if it’s miles to the nearest supermarket or beach then it’s probably not the right one for you. As well as asking your resort or resales company about the local area, you will need to learn the words for some amenities themselves – beach, shop, restaurant etc.
“¿Cuándo está disponible?”
‘What is the availability?’ – If your job at home ties you into certain months of the year, it is essential that you look at properties with suitable availability. You may also be keen to talk about the flexibility involved in changeover times. Be aware that rates are likely to vary considerably throughout the year.
“¿Qué incluye el precio?”
‘What does the rate include?’ – It is important to delve into the hidden charges involved in finding a timeshare. Whether it is parking, cleaning or the maintenance of common areas you may find that the extra costs push the total cost beyond the limits of your budget. Familiarise yourself with hidden costs before moving onto serious negotiations to avoid disappointment.
“¿Cuánto cuesta por día?”
‘How much is it per day?’ – The display of prices tends to vary from place to place. It can help to be able to ask your estate agent exactly how much the property will cost you on a daily basis. Also consider learning some numbers to make getting your head around your accounts in Gran Canaria that bit easier.
“¿Quién es responsable de la limpieza?”
‘Who is responsible for cleaning?’ – While you may be handy with a mop and broom, it is important to know that your house or apartment will be clean upon your arrival. Enquiries into the other sharers can make all the difference when it comes to deciding between two properties.
” ¿Hay aparcamiento cerca?”
‘Is there parking nearby?’ – However well positioned the property, you are likely to want to get out and explore the island for yourself. If so, you will need somewhere to keep your car. If parking is available nearby, be sure to enquire about the cost.
“¿Podrías enviarme un correo electrónico con los detalles, por favor?”
‘Could you email me the details please?’ – Hopefully you’ll get the right response from your agent with the phrases in this article but knowing how to ask for them to be written down can come in handy as a last resort.