Top tips to check on a viewing trip to Portugal

It’s very easy to get carried away and fall in love with a property in Portugal. With so much at stake it is important to make the right decision. Buy with your head and not just your heart.

So here are some top tips on what you need to check on your viewing trip.

Does the property match with your needs?

Its easy to get carried away when viewing a beautiful property in Portugal . You need to check whether it provides what you actually want from your Portuguese home. Early on in the process and before you go on the viewing trip, write a checklist of what you want out of your property and make sure you refer back to it before shortlisting the property.

Transport links

Do you want to have a car in Portugal ? If not you might want to check the local transport links to other towns and cities.

Local amenities

Often rural properties offer great value for money and a laid back life style. You might want to take into consideration where you might get that emergency 500ml of milk and the location of the nearest doctor’s.

International airports

Whether it’s your holiday home or retirement pad, the location of an international airport is important.

Budget airlines are regularly used by expats and holidaymakers alike.

It might be worth taking in to consideration how long an operator has been flying to that destination and what are the alternatives are if an operator was to stop flying to that airport.

Winter conditions

Many people view properties in the height of summer when the average temperature is soaring.  Little consideration is therefore given as to how the property would feel in the much lower temperatures in the winter.

Portuguese houses are often built with little insulation and limited heating. With temperatures in Lisbon as low as 8 degrees in January it might be worth checking out what heating they have if you want use the property all year round.

View the property at different times

Properties can be very different at day and night. You may fall in love with a apartment in the day time only to find when you move in there is an all night bar at the back of you. Conversely you might not have noticed the school around the corner, which could mean more noise in the daytime.

Monthly Affordability

It’s important to factor in the on-going monthly costs of your Portuguese property.   The estate agent should be able to provide details of the on-going costs for the property. On the whole this is a lot cheaper than the UK but well worth taking in to account local taxes, service charges, utilities and pool maintenance.

Connectivity

Thanks to the Internet the world is now a smaller place. You can sit and enjoy your terrace in the sun while skype-ing you’re nearest and dearest back home.  If you are planning to keep in touch with the family or will just want to catch up with some English TV, check there is a good broadband connection in the area before committing to the property purchase.

Download our free printable property-viewing-checklist so you can take this with you on your viewing trip.

For more information download our FREE guide to buying property in Portugal on the right of this page.

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Article published: September 2, 2016