Renovation of a property in Italy
- Follow the rules even if you are told that you do not have to, and never do work without the right permission.
- Avoid work done "in nero" (in black) without paying IVA (Italian VAT) and without getting invoices.
If something happens you will have no proof that you have paid and for what work was agreed.
Also if an accident happens on site you could be legally responsible.
In certain cases of restoration on old properties IVA can be as low as 4%.
It is better to check with your architect or engineer if the work is eligible for lower IVA rates.
- Before starting works make sure you know what you want.
Put as much of your ideas on paper and try to produce a complete briefing for the design team,
collaborating with them in assessing your requirements for the project.
- Respect local building styles and materials and employ a good local architect to help you in this.
- Restoration costs can be relevant, especially for old buildings.
- It can be cheaper to demolish the old house and build a new one although the result may be different from a restoration,
as the house will look "newer" even if old materials are used and the original shape is maintained.
- A "preventivo", which is an estimation of the costs, is very important but will not give you a final figure for works.
Usually figures are given for the cost per square metre of a certain element, like building a new floor, or the cost per linear metre of say putting up gutters.
The final cost is calculated at the end when the work is completed and measured.
These is the best book on restoring a property in Italy:
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