One of the things I find most frustrating about living in Portugal is how difficult it is to get quotes for work that needs doing. To my way of thinking, it’s in a company’s interests to provide potential clients with the information that they need promptly and with a smile to maximize its chances of getting the business.
That’s not how things work here, it would appear.
Word of mouth and personal connections go a long way in Portugal so I’m guessing that most Portuguese people can put out feelers within their extended family and social network to rustle up a suitable person for the job at a reasonable price when things need doing.
For expats without such contacts, the ridiculously hard work of tracking down and arranging for someone to work on a property can be enough to make you scream, or at least it has been for me. It’s the reason why, after years of living in a house that needs more work doing, the less urgent jobs are still outstanding – I can’t summon up the energy required to get someone to do them!