Or rather, for now, buying in and around the Granada area.
We live about 1.5 hours north of Granada and costs can be heavy compared to the UK but you have to know what to look for and where to look for it. Pricing DIFFERENCES can be quite dramatic.
Here are some examples – if you have more -please do submit them!
Fuel – Prices vary dramatically so shop around – at the time of writing (September 2016) fuel is cheaper here than in the UK and the cost difference between diesel and petrol is the other way around compared to the UK. Shop around, sometimes the small dealers are cheaper than the big guys and self-service stations TEND to be cheaper than manual service.
Compact fluorescent lights: Go to the likes of Carrefour and you’ll find the compact fluorescents we buy in the UK for £3.50 to be up to – are you ready.. up to FIFTEEN EUROS! So off you go to the cheap Chinese stores and sure enough they come between 2 and 4 Euros… the problem with that is – they can be RUBBISH. They break easily and don’t last as long – avoid lights which say “6400k” like the plague unless you like freezing cold looking light. They are starting to mark them as “warm” and “daylight” but there is still some way to go.
White external paint "Pictura Plastica": – Carrefour 15 Litres 25 Euros - same stuff – Brico Depot 9 Euros… but buy a small amount and check for yourself – these paints look the same (get internal/external) but some are very watery and useless. Test and get the thicker stuff.
Electricity: – Electricity here is more expensive than the UK – BUT much of that is down to standing charges – not much you can do about that.
Broadband and WIFI: – I get better mobile coverage in most of Spain than I do in the Northeast of England by some way. Broadband however is more expensive and generally not keeping up with the UK in terms of speed – however they do have good wireless packages for rural areas.
Cement and plaster: There is a lot of bull talked about cements and plasters here – the one thing most of them have in common is they crack and drop off easily. Collect advice and don’t go for the cheapest stuff. Caves in particular are tricky as there’s a silica material that grows out of the walls – if you just plaster a repair – the material will push your plaster off the wall eventually. Our builder advises where possible putting a metal mesh on the wall, held in with long pins – and then cement over that. I think he’s right – I use a lot of ready-mixed cement. Beware of builders using rubbish filling in cement and concrete. Try out plasters – leave some to dry on a flexible plate so you can easily remove it – if it breaks easily – don’t use it.
(the Carrefour and Brico-Depot I refer to are in Granada).