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Know the facts

Do you know the facts, are you sure that you know the facts when it comes to having building work or a renovation done.

“Ignorance may indeed be bliss” it’s also VERY expensive.

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Know the facts

I was having lunch with some friends the other day and they told me that they were talking to some British friends about that often trotted out pieces of miss information

“The cost per meter square to build a home in Portugal”.



If there is one thing that makes my blood boil it is any statement on the price per M2 to build or renovate a home in Portugal.

I decided to do a quick demonstration of how insane this often bandied about value is.
We had two glasses of wine in front of us so I took a large drink out of mine taking the level down to about half that of my friends glass.

I asked if this full glass of wine cost 2 Euros then how much does this half full glass cost. The obvious answer that came back was 1 Euro because it was half the quantity.

The obvious answer is of course WRONG so I said  NO it could be 15 Euros because it could be better quality wine. It could even be 20 Euros if my glass was included in the sale.

What I was trying to demonstrate was how can you compare prices (Apples for Apples) as its often called if what you are actually comparing is Apples and Oranges!
The eventual price difference could have you left without enough money to finish the work.

A word of advise. Please take it.

If a builder Ever gives you a build price per square meter before he FULLY UNDERSTANDS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT – Walk Away and keep walking.
The reason that I say this is because I know of many a building project which has been deliberately quoted without some vital elements missing which will be added later and charged at a higher profit margin.

Take for instance a house that you want to have built. You have agreed the price you are going to pay “Key in Hand” So you can sit back and relax and wait for the work to be done.

As the work is coming to a close you see that there are no gutters or drainpipes and as a result the mud outside the house is splashing dirt onto your nice new wall paint. Oh the paths, drives and patios are not included either oops!. What about the garden gates, top soil, fencing, Electricity supply and connection, water connection, Gas, Television. Handrails to the stairs, gas bottle store, garage door, mosquito blinds, post box I could go on and on but I will finish by saying that the short list above could cost 17,000 to 20 Thousand Euros on top of the cost of your Key in hand house price which makes a mockery of any price per square meter price anyone gives you.

If you want to know the facts about your new build or renovation project talk to Castelo Construction. info@casteloconstruction.com

See our website at www.casteloconstruction.com

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