The viewing trip

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In order to get a true feeling of your preferred corner of Portugal, why not plan a leisurely visit to get to know the area without feeling under pressure to buy somewhere. Take some time to explore, speak to the locals, visit the shops and check out attractions. Give yourself enough time to absorb everything, leaving time for anything that crops up; don’t feel like you have to rush - you can always go back!

We would advise that you book a trip during the off season – go over to Portugal in winter to see what’s it like when it’s cold and/or dark. This will also be a slower time for estate agents and vendors as well, meaning you should get more attention and may be able to negotiate a lower price. Do you research in advance though; make sure you check public holiday dates and if everything is going to be open!

Get an idea of what living in the prospective town is actually like – rent a property in the area rather than book into a hotel. Having to go out and get groceries will allow you to navigate the area, and give you an idea of the accessibility of shops and amenities as well as the cost of every items. You can also get an idea of the noise levels – if there is a nightclub next door that opens at 11pm, or if there is a flight path overhead.

We have put together a downloadable property analysis worksheet. This can be printed out from here, and used to make notes and rate every aspect of the property and its location, from its general appearance to the access to local amenities. This will allow you to have a full comparison of each property.

The main thing to remember about your viewing trip is that there are no rules! It’s not unknown for prospective buyers to first take a very leisurely trip to an area, exploring and making notes on different villages visited, but not actually viewing a property. On your return home, you can reflect on what you have seen and fine-tune your criteria for a second trip dedicated to just viewing properties.

For more information about viewing trips, read our detailed guide on how to get the most out of it. Request your free copy by emailing portugal@overseasguidescompany.com, or calling our Resource Centre on 020 7898 0549.


Further reading for Buying In Portugal

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Viewing Guide

Finding the right property can be a challenge. What do you need to think about early on?
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Hidden Costs

The price of the property as listed is never the price that you will end up paying. There are a host of other costs.
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Legal Matters

Buying a property in Portugal has very different legal requirements to the UK.
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Currency Zone

Did you know that you could save thousands of pounds when emigrating by using a currency specialist?
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Don't forget to download your own copy of the Viewing Trip Guide to make sure that you're fully prepared to make the most of your overseas property viewing trip.
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