Buying a home in another country is quite a leap of faith. Add to that you want an old property with character that is bound to need work and you have a recipe for cold sweats and sleepless nights.
We are grateful that we met Dave, Silvana, Pino and the rest of the team at Vignaverdi when we did. Dave spent a lot time with us viewing property and helped us throughout the buying process from the initial negotiations to the day we signed, when he and Pino accompanied us to the Notaries office to help us through the process. His timely advise and guidance was gratefully received.
Pino the Geometra did a great job on the paperwork leading up to the purchase (and there is a lot of it) and the design, building notices and all the permits once it was ours. He put up with my suggested design changes with good grace accepting some of them and rightly ignoring others. He even made a special trip to the town hall to pick our bins up for us, I can’t think of too many architects that I know that would do that.
Silvana did everything else as far as I can tell. She got our tax codes, opened a bank account for us, dealt with the utilities, dealt with suppliers, cajoled, bullied and charmed the builders into getting the project completed to a very high standard in double quick time. Acted as our interpreter during the building work and generally made the project possible. Her daily sometimes hourly whatsapp updates kept us informed at every stage and involved in every decision and she put up with me with good grace. I should point out that I am a builder and used to being in control.
The tradesmen that the team use are all local, so don’t be surprised if you bump into them at a festa or in a local restaurant, and the standard of their work is very high indeed. They are almost as good as me.