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Bought a house in Portugal

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.

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is the water and electricity connected

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

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Is your bathroom smelly not dirty just constantly smelly

A smelly bathroom is one of the most common things people complain about when staying in hotels or going to restaurants in Portugal.
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If the problem is in your own home the effects are even worse because you have to live with it.

If that was not bad enough when visitors use the bathroom it can be very embarrassing.

There are 2 causes of a smelly bathroom if we suppose that you do indeed keeping it clean.

1, In about 20% of cases that we encounter the smell is caused by sewerage gas getting back into the bathroom. The good news is that this can be fixed for good for a couple of hundred Euros.

2, This accounts for the other 80% of cases. Humidity in the most common reason. Humidity caught in the bathroom either from normal bathroom use such as bathing and showers or leaking pipes. If the humidity in the air and the water on the surfaces is not got rid of quickly then you will deffinatly get a bad smell.

Why is this ?  because water on its own has no smell and distilled water “steam” is even more pure than tap water !!!

What happens is – The water/moisture allows micro-organisms and moulds to grow. They love a warm, wet bathroom environment and it is their waste products and spores that produce the awful smell.

It is a very serious issue in fact The World Health Organization have prepared a paper on the problem. You can read it via this link.
http://www.who.int/indoorair/publications/7989289041683/en/

Thankfully we have the solution to your damp smelly bathroom.

Contact us at info@casteloconstruction.com

Whether it is an old house that you want to refurbish or a new home which you want to construct. We help you to make the most of any property project with our professional, design, construction, project management and maintenance services.

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Keeping out the rain in Portugal

Keeping out the rain in central Portugal

Keeping out the rain in central Portugal.  Fortunately we don’t have a lot of rain in Portugal.

Just enough to grow the crops and make things green for most of the year.

We do however also have just enough to make your home damp and susceptible to wet and dry rot.

The issue is that if certain materials in the fabric of your home become wet on a regular basis they will become infected with spores of the dry rot fungus.

This will spread thought any slightly humid areas of brick or stone feeding on any wood in its path.

Not soggy wet wood but  wood that gets damp on a regular basis. Take the example were a roof tile has slipped out of position due to a roof joist bending because of age or wood worm The rain falls onto the roof joist and then onto the ceiling below where it pools and soaks into the untreated wood.

The heat from the room below created the very best of habitat for wet rot to multiply. If there is enough rain it can run down the walls and soak into the first floor and plaster. Now we have a recipe for disaster. The roof, ceiling and floor over time will collapse. It is surprising just how quick things escalate to this level of problem.

It’s easy to fix at a price but far better to act quickly and save the headache!

If you think that you may have an issue with wet or dry rot please contact us for a chat on 00351 967 922 513 or Skype  casteloconstruction  or info@casteloconstruction.com

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Keeping out the rain in Portugal