Who are Castelo ConstructionWe are a family run business, established in Portugal for 10+ years offering all kinds of building work from renovations and remodeling to new build and design services. International client base – Mainly the UK with South Africa, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Portuguese, Eastern Europe, Australia. Our key strengths are Communication, Experience, and Ability in smoothly handling multiple projects simultaneously, Customer care, Fixed price work projects. We are also much more. It’s difficult to come up with a list of things that we do from advice to working with clients to save money with design tweaks to giving general practical advice for people tackling the Portuguese utilities and government services for the first time. Each of our clients is different. Each of our clients has different past experiences. Each of our clients has a different idea of the ideal home for them. Some of our clients are a little bit lost with regard to the next steps and how to go about things. Thankfully our team has a lot of experience in helping people get the best out of their renovation or new build project. If this looks interesting to you call us on (Kelvin) 00351 927168247 You can read our blog http://www.casteloconstruction.info/ about the various projects that we have been involved it and also people and situations which we come across. Our website is www.casteloconstruction.com
Hurray, Bought a house in Portugal I know the feeling and remember when we bought a house here. and thoroughly recommend it. Having bought a house in Portugal a long time ago I have met many people and heard their experience firsthand both good and bad.I am often asked to help people with the language or just getting the important things done in the first couple of days after arrival. The people who I have spoken to range from people who have never been to Portugal before and just bought a property to people who have been coming on holiday here for years and fell in love with the place to people who take things very gradually and rent a property in a couple of different locations before deciding to buy. Oh yes, there was also a couple of guitar playing nudists who lived in a transit van but as they didn’t have a house perhaps they shouldn’t be included in this post. The one thing that differentiates all of the people that I spoke too was their level of planning and preparedness in most cases lack of it! I think it’s about misunderstanding the difference between here and their home country and also overestimating the role that your friendly estate agent is going to play after you are handed the keys. One of the first problems people encounter having just arrived at the house in Portugal is that there will be no water. I don’t mean the water has been turned off at the stopcock I mean the water meter will not be there just an open space so no possibility of having a cup of tea, cleaning the house or using the toilet I have seen many couples with young children in this situation. Getting a water meter installed can take up to 5 working days. Electricity in your house in Portugal is another problem area. Because of the monthly charge, the tendency is for families to have the electricity disconnected because no one wants to pay the charge. This causes anyone who has just bought a house in Portugal a major problem and additional cost. If you can find an old electricity bill in the house that will help but you will still have to go to the EDP office in my case 25 minutes away and fill in all the forms to get a new connection. This may take weeks to happen. Your estate agent will no doubt not be available to help or will charge you for the time it takes. Forewarned is Forearmed
Renovation on a budget – Low-cost renovation Low-cost renovationIf you need to carry out a Renovation on a budget in Portugal we are here to help. With 12 years’ experience in helping people like you get the best out of their Portuguese homes, it’s no wonder that we understand that people have budgets and need to work within them. Unlike most builders in Portugal, we will talk through your ideas with you, ask questions and once we fully understand what you want to achieve we will make suggestions on how we can a help you to achieve the result that you want within your budget and timescales. We have a thorough understanding of planning restrictions and can help you achieve what you want without breaking the law. To the Castelo Construction team renovation on a budget is nothing new and it actually helps us to establish what outcome wanted more clearly. If you have a full blown computer drawn 3D plan or just your ideas sketched on the back of a cereal packet we would love to talk. Feel free to ask as many questions and you want. How to control costs on a construction project. Firstly there are many ways that you can be sucked into paying too much with many little things adding up to a big headache at the end of the project. We help you avoid these. We have met people who were so focused on their new build or renovation project that they had to go back to their home country to earn more money to finish off what had become a money pit. We have even heard of people who just upped and left Portugal because their dreams were broken. Of course, there are the odd occasions where we meet someone has bought a property which was not what they thought or were told it was. The unexpected cost of getting these properties in a situation where you can actually carry out some refurbishment work can often push people over their budget before the start. Don’t fall into this trap discuss your project early with us and we may be able to save you some money with our free advice.