I actually moved here in August last year with my wife Jan (now retired). She has her residency here since October last year and I have an appointment to obtain my residency through Family Reunification on April 14th. We are both Australians but have been living close to London (Woking) for the last 3 years. I have been wanting to relocate to Portugal for a little while now and when work asked me to go on rotation to Kazakhstan in May last year, we had the perfect opportunity to make the move.
I really wanted to join the forum to "pick everyone's brains", we are learning the language - slowly. We are renting in Mindelo just 30 minutes north of Porto on the coast. We have been saving and organising the money to buy the two bedroom flat on February 13th.
We wish to completely renew the interior of the flat - top to bottom but finding out who the good builders are and not getting ripped off is seemingly a bit of a challenge. Much harder than getting residency, hooking up the power and electricity, getting a NIF and those sorts of things. So I am hoping there are some folks up near Porto or even Vila do Conde that might be able to point me in the right direction for doing a flat renovation in Portugal.
Well that's it for the long winded hello.
Regards to the group,