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Buying a property in Portugal: some details for the visit

Visiting the house you want to buy is not the same as visiting a museum. It is essential to be attentive to details, because it is the details that make all the difference!

Before visiting the property you want to buy in Portugal, it is essential to make a list of what you need to know to make sure you leave the visit with all the important information that will help you make the right decision. There are some tips on buying real estate in Portugal that you should know in advance. Below is a list of some important details that will ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises after signing.

It is important to note that Portugal does not offer a withdrawal period after purchase. By retracting as a buyer after signing, you lose your deposit which corresponds to about 12% of the Portuguese property, so you have to pay attention to all these details which may seem basic.

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Entrance door

If the eyes are the mirror of the soul, the door is also an excellent reflection of the attention the owner pays to the house and the state in which it is in. Check the condition of the paint or varnish, carefully analyze the resistance of the lock and make sure it is not damaged. After all, the door is one of the fundamental elements of home security.

Humidity and ventilation, nightmare after purchase

These are two themes that go hand in hand and to which you must be very careful if you want to buy a house in Portugal. Without good ventilation, the likelihood of moisture and mildew stains will increase, so look carefully to see if there are windows in different parts of the house, if the environment is ventilated or very humid and stuffy. Also look for signs of moisture and mildew on ceilings and walls. A good tip: if the walls of the property are newly painted, ask why. Maybe there’s a reason!

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Smell

Keeping an eye on bad smells is a basic advice, so I’ll give you another one: also be careful with deodorants and candles that are over-scented. A very intense fragrance smell may indicate an attempt to mask bad smells.

Plumbing of the property

Anything that can cause future problems such as plumbing is not obvious to see, but that doesn’t mean there are no signs. Open the cupboards under the sinks and check for water stains. If possible, open the taps and check if the water is running properly. This may sound overzealous but believe me, if there is a problem with the plumbing you will regret not knowing about it before you buy your property.

Floor of the house

Carpets make a house more welcoming and warm, but not only: they also hide the deterioration that time has caused to the floors of your future home. If you are visiting a house and there are a lot of carpets, don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the scenery and take a look underneath.

If the floor is tiled, also make sure they are well aligned. If they have been placed in a carefree way, it may mean that the finishes and small jobs done in the house are of poor quality, which may be a problem in the future. When buying a property in Portugal or elsewhere, people tend to look on the bright side and think only of the good things that can make a house the house of your dreams. Yet

Assessing defects and being aware of signs of future problems can make the difference between a good or bad deal. After all, buying a home is perhaps the biggest deal you will ever make in life, so you should be very careful.

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