Finding the perfect home when moving to Portugal

Moving to Portugal
By Joana CIDADES . 4 years
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Living in Portugal

Lisbon is a busy, fascinating place and there are numerous reasons that an expat makes a move to the area

Besides the natural beauty and friendly people, Portugal, especially in cities like Lisbon and Algarve, is also a great country for investors and business owners. Prior to making a permanent move, it’s a good idea to determine where you’re going to live so getting settled will be simple to do. With so much to do in the area, beautiful views and friendly people, this can be a move of a lifetime and finding the right home is going to be the top priority if you want life to proceed seamlessly during the move.


Choosing a Place to Live in Lisbon

With many beautiful apartments, you will have a wide variety to choose from to find the perfect one that meets your needs. The prices range depending on the size and amenities you’d like with the apartment.


If you have exquisite taste and want to live in an upscale area, you can find many luxury apartments in highly sought after areas. If you prefer to purchase a smaller apartment with economical sales rates, you will be happy to know that in Lisbon, there are many choices for living local that will fit most budgets. With bedrooms ranging from 1 to 4 or more, you can find a home that fits you living the single life or one that suits a large family. Most apartments offer modern appeal with updated appliances and some even come fully, or partially furnished for convenience. You will also find some of the most beautiful views that will have you feeling like you’re on a dream vacation every day that you live in Portugal.


There are many apartments for sale within the city or you can choose one by the coast. Coastal properties typically cost a little more than you would pay for an apartment in the city, but the views are amazing and you may be able to find a little more privacy on the coast.  


Getting Your Household Goods Sent Over

Having your household items with you during the move is also a great way to go as you may not want to purchase everything new in Lisbon upon arrival.


Shipping household goods can range from a few hundred to more than $3,000 depending on how much you’re bringing. It is recommended that you cut down the amount being brought over with you to cut down on costs. To ship household goods, you need the following documents:


•  Declaration of All Goods in Portuguese

•  Home Ownership Deed

•  Your Passport

•  Serial Numbers of the Major Electrical Appliances

•  Receipts if possible to show to value of your property


Bring Your Vehicle

You may want to also bring your personal vehicle with you for the move. It is important to have a way to get around, so you do not have to rely on the public transport system. The price to ship, which can range between $2000 and $4000 or more when shipping to Portugal, depends on how large the vehicle is and if you choose roll-on, roll-off or container shipping services as well as the distance to the entry port in Portugal. Make sure to have these documents ready for shipping:


•  Title, Insurance, Registration

•  Your Passport

•  Vehicle Log Book

•  Residence Permit or Visa

•  Driver’s License

•  Certificate of Compliance

•  3 Year’s Tax Returns

•  Certificate of Cancellation from the US

•  Taxes Can be Waived if You’re Bringing a Personal-Use Vehicle


The A1AutoTransport website says shipping time can range from 3 to 6 weeks.


Your move to Portugal can be an easy one with the right help. Finding an apartment, hiring a good shipper and taking time to plan things carefully can help reduce the stress from the move. Enjoy living in a beautiful area today.


By Melissa Villalobos