August is the hottest and sunniest month of Italian summer. Therefore, it is the key month for tourists and buyers to visit our country. While everything goes right for the tourism, if you are tough enough to stand the heat, it may turn out to be a very bad choice, if you intend to view properties or buy your Italian home.
With some expedience, however, you can still visit houses and enjoy your holidays at the same time.
July and August are months in which the most of Italians go on their summer break. 15th August is a public holiday, called Ferragosto and it is a free day for almost everyone. The week that includes that day is the ultimate holiday week for Italians. It is virtually impossible to conclude an affair, as most of businesses, including real estate agencies, lawyer’s offices and so on, remain closed during that week. Our advice is simple: avoid those days. You will save yourself a lot of time and stress.
If it is not possible, on the other hand, you need to organize everything with a lot of advance. And we really mean a lot.
Normally, the real estate agencies need a one-day notice, or even no notice at all, to organize a visiting. During summer break it is not that simple. Independently from the agency, house owners also go on holidays, so if you don’t advise on time, the agent may not be able to open the house for you. The same applies to concluding the purchase.
The buying proposal and the preliminary contract may not be a problem, as both the owners and the agency are anxious to proceed with the deal. The final contract, on the other hand, may be more difficult to arrange, as the notary may not be available.
In fact, while the proposal and the preliminary contract do not need his presence, a notary is the only professional that can transfer the property title in Italy, so his presence is obligatory for the final contract signing. Usually it takes no more than two weeks to have an appointment with a notary, after signing up the preliminary contract. If you want to sign the final contract in August, times will definitely extend.
In the end, if you really want to live in Italy, you have to learn one thing: calm is a superpower. This is what the dolce vita means, you just need to sit down, relax and let everything carry on without hurry. Especially in August. After all, this calm is one of the reasons you are in love with Italy.