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Madeira Island

Owning your own villa in madeira

Answers to some of the more frequently-asked questions, to help you along the way.

What is the cost of living in Madeira?

The overall cost of living in Madeira is significantly less than the UK, or for that matter other parts of Europe, for example, water bills are the lowest in Europe.

Do I need to speak Portuguese for daily living?

It's certainly not required, as English is very widely spoken.

What is the weather like in Winter?

We don’t have a winter, like northern Europe. Most of the time it is very pleasant indeed, with just a long-sleeve top needed at night time.

What is the crime situation, is Madeira safe?

We have virtually no crime, it is very safe to walk around at any time of day or night.

What is the healthcare situation like?

Madeira has 3 hospitals and many private clinics. The service is of a very high standard, and Madeira has the 5th best ratio of Doctors to patients in Europe.

What is the daily cost of a Gardener or Maid?

Wages in Madeira are not high, so to have a maid here is quite common, at a typical cost of around €35 per day.

What is the shopping like for groceries and clothes, and are there many shopping centres?

There are 3 major shopping centres in Funchal and many of the major brands are present. Madeira also has modern supermarkets and a thriving local economy.

How about nightlife, restaurants and nightclubs?

Madeira boasts an astonishing 1000 plus restaurants, and in the capital, Funchal, or in the  countryside, there is always some live music. There are only a few nightclubs in Madeira, mostly in Funchal.

Is there an expat community?

We have a very large amount of activities in Madeira with some events just for expats. It is also easy to meet the friendly local population. Friendships are easy to culture if you so wish.

I’m interested in building my own Villa, how long does this typically take?

Taking into question the design process and availability of materials, we can produce most projects in, 7 – 12 months, ready to move into.

How do I budget for the large costs involved in building my own bespoke villa? I have never built a property before!

Most people normally pay for a project using stage payments, typically paid for over 6 - 12 months. Photographic and drone updates are provided on a weekly basis during the entire process. The client is always in control and aware of build progress.

What happens if I have a problem after the property is built?

In this most unlikely event, all our properties are covered by a fixed 5 year construction guarantee, you are also protected under Portuguese construction law.

So we find a plot we want with you, what happens next?

All our plots are for sale, a plot can be purchased until your ready to start building. Once a plot is sold for building its gone forever!

What about the legal things, I have no idea what is involved.

We have done this many times before, we are here to help you feel safe, our team will give you every support and all the information you require, we can advise you where to look for legal advice.

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