Closed for August

After our working holiday in Tavira in July I did my monthly visit to my mother in England and then returned to Norway. My birthday came and went but we didn’t hear from the Camara about our planning permission. closedOur architect contacted them and they told her a decision had been reached but they were waiting for the letter to be signed. She also told me the quotes from the builders had been delayed because they were unable to contact the suppliers – Portugal closes in August.

One of the things I love most about Portugal is the slower pace of life. People have the time to stand and talk. However the byproduct of this is the response time is generally much slower than I’m used to. One of my core values is responsiveness. When I was a consultant it was imperative I responded quickly to my clients, if I didn’t they would be unhappy. Dissatisfied clients means potentially losing business.

I’ve been told by various professionals in Portugal that if I don’t hear from them to chase them. This has been a difficult pill to swallow but I now acknowledge this is the only way to keep things moving be it at a slow pace.

So here we are on 29th August. Despite a lot of prompting from me to the architect, and like a chain reaction from her to the Camara and builders, we still don’t know the decision on our proposed planning or know the cost of the renovation work.

As I mentioned earlier you can get the planning application result before you purchase the property and that’s what we are doing. To ensure we can achieve everything within our budget we need to know about the planning decision and building costs before we start negotiating the price of the property.

The one thing that did happen incredibly fast though was on 10th August I was notified my application to be a Non Habitual Resident was approved in a record time of six weeks.

I’m still in Norway for another week and then I’m returning to Tavira, via England, on 17th September. I had planned my return at this time expecting by then that the purchase of the house would have been completed and the builders would be ready to start work. Fat chance!

I imagine my other expectation of moving from rented accommodation into the renovated house by Christmas is also unrealistic. But I’m remaining positive……

Author: Denise

My name is Denise. Having spent over 30 years in an international career in Organisational & People Development I am now putting down roots in Tavira in the East Algarve, Portugal. I'm a female Brit, married to a Norwegian, and I find it hard to believe I'm in my early 60's when I don't feel it and have so many more things to do and achieve. I became an expat when I left the UK in 2001. Since then I've lived in Norway, Singapore, Malaysia and now Portugal. I love to travel, enjoy the company of good friends and cooking. But my life time passion is property. As the daughter of a builder I love imagining what any old or dated property can become and managing the transformation process. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to do this many times and am excited to be doing it again in Tavira as well as helping others realise their own dreams.

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