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Moving to Chiclana - seeking advice

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2022 11:35pm
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Alexnova

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Hi all: We are an American couple who plan to retire to Chiclana by December/ January. While i am not new to the Costa de la Luz Forum, I am new to the Chiclana portion of the forum. We had been planning to retire to the Vejer area and i have posted there a few times. We just returned from the area after searching for a house over the last few weeks. During that house search we checked out many areas and ending up finding a very nice place in the Soladad section of Chiclana. Chiclana seemed to be a better fit for us and we did meet a few very nice and helpful people during our stay. So we are looking forward to the move. We have hired a law firm (Temple Cambria) to help make sure that the house is legal and to help us with the process.

We will need to make a few changes to the house and i would like advice about a few things. First the house has no air conditioning. As for as our budget what should we expect to pay for a mid-grade system of splits a/cs. The house has four bedrooms (ideally we would want to put a/c in all four plus the living room, but depending on price we might cut the number.) any idea about costs, brands, installers etc would be great.

We are also considering adding solar panels (to help offset the costs of the a/c). Any advice?

Does anyone have any thoughts about the neighborhood?

Anyway, any advice will be appreciated.

Thanks 

Roger66

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 2:18pm

Posts: 16

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Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 2:18pm

Re aircon, our local installer (in Benalup) uses MundoClima brand. Medium size room, about 20m2 about €600 installed. Buying the same size unit from Leroy Merlin about the same  plus installation. You can pay more for a big name brand, Hitachi  etc. But I believe you get pretty much the same unit, possibly with more fancy programs. Basic unit has remote, timed on/off etc. Lots of local installers, ask the neighbours for recommendations. 

Solar panels. This is a potentially wide subject. Grid tie, grid feed in, stand alone. How much room is there for the panels, do you want battery storage? Find someone in your home area to dicuss it with until you have a clear idea of what you want, then check it is available and legal in Andalucia. Good solar installers are harder to find than aircon guys.

Don't know that part of Chiclana, but the town has most things you need,  and good road connections. 

Best of luck.

FranLu

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 8:10pm

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Joined: 7 Jun 2022

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 8:10pm

Hi Alex, hope everything goes ok with your new life. I live a stone's throw from La Soledad and It's a decent area. I'm also an Architect so if you need extra advice about anything related to the house just drop me an email.

Regards.


Alexnova

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:14pm

Alexnova

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Joined: 11 Aug 2021

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:14pm

Roger66 wrote on Sun Jul 31, 2022 2:18pm:

Re aircon, our local installer (in Benalup) uses MundoClima brand. Medium size room, about 20m2 about €600 installed. Buying the same size unit from Leroy Merlin about the same  plus installation. You can pay more for a big name brand, Hitachi  etc. But I believe you get pretty much t...

...he same unit, possibly with more fancy programs. Basic unit has remote, timed on/off etc. Lots of local installers, ask the neighbours for recommendations. 

Solar panels. This is a potentially wide subject. Grid tie, grid feed in, stand alone. How much room is there for the panels, do you want battery storage? Find someone in your home area to dicuss it with until you have a clear idea of what you want, then check it is available and legal in Andalucia. Good solar installers are harder to find than aircon guys.

Don't know that part of Chiclana, but the town has most things you need,  and good road connections. 

Best of luck.

Thanks so much for the detailed answer. I will definitely use it when installing a/c. 

loscanos

Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 10:07am

Posts: 51

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Joined: 20 May 2018

Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 10:07am

Alexnova wrote on Fri Jul 29, 2022 11:35pm:

Hi all: We are an American couple who plan to retire to Chiclana by December/ January. While i am not new to the Costa de la Luz Forum, I am new to the Chiclana portion of the forum. We had been planning to retire to the Vejer area and i have posted there a few times. We just returned from the ar...

...ea after searching for a house over the last few weeks. During that house search we checked out many areas and ending up finding a very nice place in the Soladad section of Chiclana. Chiclana seemed to be a better fit for us and we did meet a few very nice and helpful people during our stay. So we are looking forward to the move. We have hired a law firm (Temple Cambria) to help make sure that the house is legal and to help us with the process.

We will need to make a few changes to the house and i would like advice about a few things. First the house has no air conditioning. As for as our budget what should we expect to pay for a mid-grade system of splits a/cs. The house has four bedrooms (ideally we would want to put a/c in all four plus the living room, but depending on price we might cut the number.) any idea about costs, brands, installers etc would be great.

We are also considering adding solar panels (to help offset the costs of the a/c). Any advice?

Does anyone have any thoughts about the neighborhood?

Anyway, any advice will be appreciated.

Thanks 

With the cost of air co, electricity and water I would tend to go for ceiling fans first and see if that works. Cheaper and better for the environment.

Solar panels, what a mine field finding someone decent and honest. But keep asking.

Don't forget if you don't have mains water make sure you have a well or perforations. Plus a deposit as water is now beginning to be a huge issue. If possible have a cover for the swimming pool as water evaporates quickly here.

Mateo

Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 1:08pm

Posts: 16

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Location: Medina-Sidonia

Joined: 25 Jun 2021

Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 1:08pm

We have used Solosol for solar installations multiple times, dating back to solar hot water in 2002 and most recently for a full PV installation last May.  Highly recommended.  The boss, Ulrich, is German and speaks excellent English.  email them on [email protected]

Alexnova

Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 2:13pm

Alexnova

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Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 2:13pm

loscanos wrote on Mon Aug 1, 2022 10:07am:

With the cost of air co, electricity and water I would tend to go for ceiling fans first and see if that works. Cheaper and better for the environment.

Solar panels, what a mine field finding someone decent and honest. But keep asking.

Don't forget if you don't have mains water make sure you have a well or perforations. Plus a deposit as water is now beginning to be a huge issue. If possible have a cover for the swimming pool as water evaporates quickly here.

Thanks so much for the advice. I had not thought about the need for a water deposit. I know of the need for them in rural areas with agricultural water supplies, but had not thought about the need with a well. I will ask my attorney if we can get a well inspection do get some idea of the flow.



loscanos

Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 7:54pm

Posts: 51

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Joined: 20 May 2018

Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 7:54pm

If you have a well for water check also that it doesn't leak!!!! Otherwise, all water you buy in will disappear into the ground.

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