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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

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Choosing a house in Portugal

Choosing a house in Portugal

You’re ready to choose a house in Portugal. Sounds straightforward enough and you have certainly watched the place in the sun, moving abroad TV programs showing all the various delights on offer. All you have to do now is draw up a short list and agree on the one that you want. Simple!.

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Choosing a house in Portugal

If only it really was that simple.

When choosing a house in Portugal there are a few more angles that you need to cover if you want to own your ideal home in Portugal.
Your probably aware that there are potential problems and expenses if you buy an old run down property and a new property may break the budget completely.
So what about a newer property? Not an old ruin It will have larger rooms and windows that let more sunshine in. An established garden and everything will be ready to move into.

Yes you would certainly think so however here are a few things to consider first

Electricity
Drainage and sewers
Damp and condensation
Woodworm
Structural non-conformations (potentially large structural problems)
No insulation and inadequate heating

You could say it’s a bit of a minefield and it can be for unwary or naive people who are on a tight time frame between returning home and choosing the right house.
That is why I can never understand people with no Portuguese construction e experience who buy a property blind instead of having a property appraisal done.

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Choosing a house in Portugal

I will very briefly describe some of the potential problems regularly encountered from the brief list above.
Electricity – 90% of a newer property that you look at will have underpowered electrical circuits, not enough sockets and be liable to tripping off the power if you have the TV, Dishwasher, and light on!!!

Drainage and sewers
– Most newer property will have undersized drainage pipes that are also laid at such a low fall the drains will block easily. The cesspit will be covered over with a concrete slab and earth.
Damp and condensation – Those telltale sooty marks along the edge of the ceiling are mold spores, not soot. Unfortunately!
Woodworm – Untreated wooden roofs or built-in furniture may already be showing signs of infestation. Just how bad is it and can it be treated or will it have to be removed and replaced.
Structural non-conformations (potentially large structural problems) – If the property was built on the cheap or extended by an unqualified idiot. There may not be the correct amount of reinforcing steel in the pillars and beams supporting the walls, roof and floors. It’s not a good time to find this out when you have already bought it.
No insulation and inadequate heating – Insulating houses has been the law for some time but its installation wasn’t policed so builders and home owners opted to save a few bob and leave it out. Many people here believe the “Caxias do air” or cavity in the wall is insulation. It’s not it is just a gap between two cold walls.

Choosing a house in Portugal talk to Kevin or email him Kelvin@casteloconstruction.com

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Having a pool

Have you thought about having a pool it’s a dream that many people aspire too

Especially when they think of moving to Portugal and renovating a stone house or building new.

The first concerns when thinking about having a pool are usually and understandably what will it cost, how big will the pool be, how deep and where will we locate it.

Then there is will it have a liner or glass mosaic tiles, ladders or steps, lighting, electric pool cover(costs permitting) and what about the patio, pool surround, and planting.

Oh yes and a shaded area for dining alfresco!

You have to admit there is a lot to think about when you have decided that you are having a pool.

From a practical point of view, we would have to say that you have missed a major point or three from your pool decision list.

Is the ground suitable for installing a swimming pool of the type and depth that you want?

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Is there enough access to excavate the pool foundations and where do you want all of the earth to go.

Do I need planning permission or a license?

The final question of who is going to build the pool is possibly the easiest to answer. Castelo Construction can visit your home or building project. Tell you if the conditions to build a pool are in your chosen location.

They can advise on all aspects of pool design from depth, interior finish and even the type of patio or pool cover that will be most suitable.

Call Kelvin on 00351 927168247

Or email kelvin@casteloconstruction.com
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