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How do I do a property survey.

Old or new dilemma

Old or new dilemma

Its one of the first real dilemma’s you will face when viewing property to buy in Portugal.


New or old which will it be.
For sure both have their charms and positives and negatives but its what get you in the heart in the end. Here are a few of my thoughts based on working with many people in just your situation. Trying to decide what type of property to buy in central Portugal.

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Old or new dilemma

Old Property Pro’s
You can see how it sits on the land and in relation to its neighboring houses or scenery.
It is going to have lots of slightly warm charm
The interior will be welcomingly cool when you are viewing property in the summer months
You can check out the views from the windows
It will be ready to live in quickly
It won’t cost too much to renovate.

New build pros

We can have exactly what we want within the budget
This plot of land/location is unique
We can add up to the minute insulation, heating, bathroom facilities.
We can have the internal space that we can’t have in an existing home.
It will be designed to take advantage of the sun,view and our personal tastes
We can choose a style that we like and which will impress our friends.

Old property con’s

It will be damp
It won’t be insulated
You may have to extend it to give you the space you need.
The amount of work will always be bigger than you envisage
The windows may be in the wrong position or size for what you want
Is the roof ready to collapse?

New build com’s

The total cost. will it be manageable
Can we build what we want on our land
What about guarantees

Cold Plates - Electricians, Electrical laborers, electrical engineers

Cold Plates – Electricians, Electrical laborers, electrical engineers

Cold Plates – Electricians, Electrical laborers, electrical engineers

Electricians, Electrical laborers, electrical engineers. They all have one thing in common.
They don’t turn up when they arranged too. Some don’t turn up at all!

After 20 years of hiring electrical people here in Portugal, we have slowly gained an understanding of the good, bad and downright ugly side of the Portuguese electrical profession.
I should be clear up front that 50% of this opinion is probably caused by me and my initially poor understanding of how things work here. You may be in the same boat?

When we think of hiring an electrician in the UK, for instance, we don’t usually worry because the person will have been through thorough training or an apprenticeship over many years. Night school courses and have at the very least a piece of paper/certificate proving that probably won’t kill himself or you when he is fixing an electrical problem at your home.

It’s simply not the case here. Here’s a red-hot tip, if you are looking to hire an electrician here and he is available at short notice and wants to be paid in cash. You have just found what I would call an Electrical laborer.

This is someone who installs plastic conduits in walls at the direction of a trained Electrician.

They can wire up a socket if the wires are in the right place and wire up a light switch. They are no better able to understand the electrical circuits than you or me. You have just hired the equivalent of the “bloke next door”.

I know this situation well because of the number of properties we have seen that have electrical systems so badly wired they should be located on the end of death row.

Next, we have the certified Electrician, These are hard to get a hold of because they are always busy and here’s one of the main reasons for this. Good electricians can make a lot more money by working in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Luxemburg. Which means there simply are not enough available in Portugal.

Then we have the real “rare as hen’s teeth” Properly trained and certified Electrical Engineers who can look at a lighting plan and interpret it.

They can understand what components are blown on your pool heater and know how to fix them. They can identify the electrical problems in your house previously caused by the Electrical laborers/Muppets that you hired last month. If you don’t believe me take a look at this little beauty we came across last week.

Cold Plates - Electricians, Electrical laborers, electrical engineers
Cold Plates – Electricians, Electrical laborers, electrical engineers

A small child would know that this is not a proper solution to any electrical requirement in the home.

Cold Plates – Electricians, Electrical laborers, electrical engineers

Condition of a roof or floor

People often ask about the condition of a roof or floor when they are showing us around their newly acquired home in Portugal.

Woodworm problems!

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Cinq choses à savoir sur un toit typique portugais, la conception typique du toit, l’achat d’une maison au Portugal, le toit est en bois, l’eucalyptus entier. toit purl Eucalyptus, le toit a été remplacé dans le passé, les solives de toit sont sciées en Eucalyptus, desserrent les tuiles, le pin portugais, entraînant l’effondrement des toits, les tuiles placées à un angle trop faible pour qu’elles ne fonctionnent pas correctement les tuiles, la pluie dans la toiture, exemple de toit construit par Castelo Construction avec des bois correctement dimensionnés qui dureront des générations,

They either noticed the presence of woodworm and tried to ignore it or did not see it the first time around.

When its time to discuss the alterations or improvements they want to make to the property it usually comes up in conversation more from an “I hope they say it’s nothing to be concerned about” point of view

then a practical Let’s get rid of it NOW! standpoint.

Admittedly it is hard to understand what the effect of visible woodworm is going to be unless you have lots of experience.
As I write this my new near neighbors are ripping out their old boarded ceilings and replacing them with plasterboard. I hope but doubt that they have spent any time or effort in eradicating the real problem that they are about to cover up.

Take a ceiling for instance if you can see woodworm damage in the ceiling then you most likely have Wood wormed roof joists, tile lath, and trusses.

It’s a real case of papering over the cracks this time with plasterboard! Which is going to become apparent in the medium term? It’s not just homeowners who hide woodworm problems hoping they will go away. We have experience from property appraisals that we carry out some of the devious ways sellers try and hide the effects of woodworm damage in the hope that dumb foreign buyers won’t notice the problem.

The bottom line is that a serious wood worm problem is always going to cost you. Hopefully, we can make that cost minimal while providing a lasting resolution to the problem.

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