Five things to look for when buying a property in Portugal
My son suggested that I use my property buying, construction knowledge and experience to help people who are moving to Portugal to identify the main five things that they should look out for when buying a property in central Portugal.
Here they are.
Boundary’s – Can be a huge bone of contention in the UK just as they are here. I like to use fluorescent road marking paint to mark the boundary stones ( just a small spot ) when I buy a property. I even take photographs of them. If not marked they have been know to move in the night. Maybe that’s how stone henge ended up were it is !
Registered size of the property – If its so easy and cheep to re-register the property to the correct sizes. Insist that the seller does just that before the deed is signed. Get ready for excuses and moaning but they want your money and will usually oblige.
Roofs – They usually have woodworm and can also have wet rot, dry rot and termites. Are you sure you know the condition of the roof on your soon to be dream home.Its easy to find out have a house survey done.
Damp – If you are buying a house you are are buying damp. You just need to know where it is if its important to treat it and what the treatment cost is.
Environment – If you are buying a house and you don’t like the scruffy house nearby, the constantly barking dogs, the tall trees blocking out your view or the smell of animals nearby. Dont buy the property. It will take longer than your remaining life time to change things. You are far better served to find a place that you like with an environment that you like.
These 5 points are simple to understand but not so easy to remember when you have that “just fallen in love” look that estate agents like to see.
Good luck in your property search.