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Are you one of us

Are you one of US sunshine dreamers who came to Portugal on a short holiday of perhaps a business trip and thought.

You know what. I could get used to this.

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Too hot to sleep

A few relaxing days in the sun are good for you and help you get things into perspective. Life is to short, I could work on my tan and so on.

All to soon you have to be getting back, getting back to responsibilities and the rat race.

You will have the photographs, memories and perhaps a trinket as a souvenir of you trip. Some of you may have an estate agents brochure or a walk around video of a property that you fell in love with.

All you need do now is to make sure that the money adds up and you can start making plans to move to Portugal.

Here are my tips for taking the plunge.
1, Rent first for 6 months
2, Move around and see different areas
3, Learn Portuguese
4, Buy a LHD Portuguese car
5, Don’t build or buy too big

You may be a pension plot plunderer and eager to get on with it and not waste money which is fine in theory but in practice by not following on the 5 tips above you will waste money and spend more.

For the best advice and building work in Portugal

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About Castelo Construction Lda

Castelo Construction Lda are builders in Central Portugal. We have 12 years’ experience of working with and delighting clients in Portugal. Tel 00351 927168247 or kelvin@casteloconstruction.com If you need an English speaking builder for renovation or new build work we will provide free estimates, fixed prices and carry out your work to a very high standard. Many of our clients are not in the country full time so rely on our regular photographic updates and written reports. They are always surprised when they make inspection visits. New Construction and Refurbishment of Portuguese Property It’s exciting for both our team and of course our clients to mark out on the earth the site of a new home. We will have been with them during the design process and have spoken to the architect many times so we will be comfortable with what we are about to do. For many clients, this stage is a little daunting as it’s hard to see without experience just where the house is going to be in relation to other things on the property. Once the foundations are dug out the house normally looks smaller than they thought, As the pillars and foundation wall start to go you get a much better idea of scale. You can see with your mind’s eye the location of the kitchen, bedrooms and so on. Once the walls are up and the first floor is in place the rooms start to looks smaller again (something to do with the light absorbing properties of the bricks) once the walls are plastered the rooms look a lot larger and it starts to feel more like the home our clients imagined building. As the build progresses we are involved with many specialist subcontractors and it is our job the get them on site at the right time so that the trades do not overlap and time is not wasted. Once the roof is on and tiled it is traditional in this area to have a dinner on site. Everyone who is involved in the build is invited to share a suckling pig dinner with local bread, oranges and of course wine. This is a great way for the clients to enjoy some local hospitality and meet the craftsmen who are building their new home. We also invite the near neighbors so that they get a chance to see what’s going on (when the house is at a very basic stage) and it gives our clients a relaxed opportunity to make their acquaintance. As we always accompany our clients to choose, kitchens, tiles, bathroom fittings or whatever they want. We can help with translation and of course negotiation! As the house is coming to completion we always have them professionally cleaned so that when we hand over the keys it feels more like a home than a building site. 2 months after the house is finished we are back to check for any small faults that may need attention and of course we are available to help and advise should that be needed. Central Portugal builders