“We want to invest abroad”, we said a few years ago and booked a trip to the Portuguese Algarve.
As a newly composed family with 2 boys and 2 girls, this seemed to us a fantastic idea because they always yearned for the sun.
Until a few days before our departure my brother spoke to me about a certain An-Sofie De Vos. She had studied with him in Ghent and left for Portugal to start up her own company “Immo Portugal”.
After visiting their website, the choice was quickly made: We were going to discover the Silver Coast…!
A short and clear email was the start of a new life.
The drive from Lisbon to Caldas da Rainha was a ride that immediately appealed to us. A beautiful landscape in combination with an even more beautiful nature. During this ride it became clear that we want to do more than just buying a house here.
A few weeks later we signed the contract for the purchase of our home in Portugal.
In the first year we traveled back and forth several times to follow the evolution of our construction.
But it soon became clear that many questions came to us after delivery…
What about the garden and the pool? How are we going to rent this out? What happens if we’re not here?
Questions initially answered by Orlando, a local handyman who sealed with such issues.
Nevertheless, we noted that there was a need for people who are fluent in our language and who can provide customization.
Communication was a point of attention.
In 2020 we decided to take the final step to live and work in Portugal.
This is partly in combination with our existing job in Belgium and partly as a new permanent job for Isabelle.
We found our first customers in our own neighborhood “Orange Garden”.
Soon mouth-to-mouth publicity continued and our work area stretched from Nadadouro to Salir Do Porto and São Martinho do Porto.
We created our own website www.blue-ocean-homeservices.com and invited our family (parents, brothers and sisters) to come and see our new place.
Since I am very social, I quickly got to know some Portuguese friends, which in my opinion offers a great advantage.
The bond of friendship grew all the time until we got to the point where we partly included these Portuguese people in our company.
Also during the Covid-19 period, we and our people were always ready to ventilate the houses, empty mailboxes and check the houses. We ourselves traveled back and forth regularly as far as possible.
The amazing reactions of our existing customers were therefore a motivation to do even better …
Today we combine the housekeeping with small repairs, garden maintenance as well as airport transport.
What we once did as self-employed people in Belgium, we can now also perform in our dream country, thanks to the support of the team of Immo Portugal.
A true story that you can only dream of … But with us it became reality!
Tom Waterschoot & Isabelle Depla
Tel PT: +351 927 223 667
Tel BE: +32 477 98 08 89