If you’re thinking of buying a property in Portugal, it’s likely that you’ll come across several used homes for sale. Buying second-hand properties is a very popular option for most buyers, since these make up the largest portion of the Portuguese real estate market. This is why a house inspection is extremely important – it serves as a means for you to see if you’re getting a good deal or not, and to better figure out the property’s issues. Come find out more!
The first important step in this process is to entrust your real estate project to a local specialist. When you partner up with Pearls of Portugal, you can be sure that the buyer’s agent appointed to you has extensive knowledge and experience in the Portuguese real estate field, plus access to a powerful network of contacts – including house inspection experts.
Next, you should definitely do everything in your power to find the real condition of the property and the potential costs of renovation or refurbishment before the sale is complete. No one likes to find themselves in the middle of a renovation process with structural problems or other unforeseen problems that require them to spend extra money. A thorough house inspection can make you avoid this.
A house inspection is a check-up of the property by a specialist – it’s a technical diagnosis that provides an in-depth understanding of the condition of every element of the property – such as the ceiling, walls, doors, pipes, etc. It is meant to identify any possible problem in the property and its degree of damage.
In case you’re buying the property, after the inspection is done, you can use the results to argue the sale price, since you’ll have to fix the issues found. Be aware that the owners might “counter-attack” and order an evaluation of their own.
There is no law pertaining to how often you should order a house inspection – it is entirely dependent on the owner, who should do their best to maintain their property’s condition, especially when it is rented out to someone. However, more often than not, people tend to avoid doing house inspections, since it costs money and can be uncomfortable (a stranger coming to your house). This is why technical inspections are mostly done when the property is being sold to someone else.
Nevertheless, the right thing to do is definitely to order periodic inspections, in order to avoid existing problems getting worse – which results in more expensive, more complicated solutions.
It is also important to note that there are different degrees of depth and different types of technical inspections. There are certain cases for which a specialized inspection is necessary. For example, wooden houses require a wood specialist that can correctly access the state of the structures and the possible existence of termites.
Luckily, when you work with Pearls of Portugal, our expert partners can give you a technical opinion on what type/s of inspection your property needs.
Inspections can be carried out on floors, walls, pipes, the ceiling (especially in the case of last floor apartment), the ventilation of the property or its electrical circuits. It depends on the house’s characteristics.
There is no certain answer, since this also heavily depends on the house’s particularities, such as its age, dimensions, amount of anomalies, type of intervention required, if it has, for example, a balcony, etc. The costs can vary significantly. But, for reference purposes, you can consider a cost of 400€ per 100 square meters.
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