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Quick guide to buying property in Italy

Establish your budget
Make sure that you have taken into consideration the full purchase costs of the property before entering into a contract. Make sure that you have factored renovation costs and property maintenance into your budget

Allocate time
If you are going to combine viewing with a planned holiday, make sure that allocate enough time for each as the discovery of your ideal home should not be rushed. Check for public holidays in Italy - we will advise you of these. A car is a must if you want to get around the region and visit a number of properties.

Take viewings seriously
Always view the properties personally. Allow sufficient time when visiting, especially between appointments. Please be punctual for appointments, as agents and proprietors will be waiting for you. Be honest with the agent if you are not pleased with the properties. Take a camera, tape measure and note pad. Take a dictionary also in case the owner or agent does not speak English. Always view more than one property as a benchmark.

Carefully select location
It is important to establish the type of location that you are interested in, do you want to be isolated? Near local amenities? Close to major road connections? If you are going to rent, make sure that your target market will be prepared to travel to the accommodation Stay in an area for a couple of days to familiarise yourself with the surroundings. Visit the location during the day and night. Visit the local shops, bars, if applicable. If you are looking for a property that requires renovation, be realistic about timescales and cost.

Don't rush a decision
Sleep on a decision or discuss it over evening dinner as this is going to be a big step in your life.

Most Importantly…. Don’t be afraid to ask!!!!
If there is something about the property that is worrying you, then don't hesitate to ask directly to the owner or agent.

This list has been complied and intended for guidance only. It should not be considered a substitute for individual professional legal advice.

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