What to do before buying land to build a new house in Portugal
Confirm planning permission:
Make sure that prior to purchasing your land, that you either have full planning permission, or outline planning permission (PIP), from the local authorities.
Generally, you will require:
A licensed architect to produce the required property drawings and for submission of such to the local planning authority.
An engineer for the speciality (Electricity, plumbing, structural, etc) drawings and construction supervision.
You may hire an independent consultant / agent to report on the construction throughout the building process.
Your licensed construction company who should in all instances have a solid reputation.
If in doubt, ask first before it’s too late:
If you intend to build a new house in Portugal, you may choose independent companies for all of the services you require and are not obliged to use your architect’s construction company as some believe.
Construction costs will vary depending on the type of materials that you use, but as a guide one should account for €2.500 per sq. m.
Due to the high demand, it is recommended that you speak to your potential construction companies, asap.
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Ask Living Portugal Property for suitably qualified companies.