Questions you should ask yourself when buying a property in France

Jos Deuling,  Sunday, 31 March 2013

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Through a simple questionnaire, you can get a reasonable estimate whether this is a property that suits you:

  • What is my budget?
  • What are the maintenance costs?
  • Can I rent the property and what are the rental costs?
  • Is the home easy to reach?
  • Does it have a fast Internet connection and a good cell phone connection?
  • Do I want to live here year round?
  • Will I use the house 20 years from now?
  • Is it not too cold in the winter?
  • Can I sell the property easily?
  • Is the house located near tourist attractions?
  • Are there airports nearby?

It is wise not to spend more than your budget even if it is tempting to spend that an extra 20,000 on your 'dream home'. In case of deferred maintenance make sure that you know exactly what needs to be renovated. Hire an expert to assess the condition of the property. See bottom of this page for an overview of English speaking surveyors.

If you have ambitious plans and want to give the house a different destination (e.g. a Chambres d'Hotes) or if you want to renovate the house completely, then you need at least a certificat d'urbanisme. Check with an independent expert.

To finance your home with the proceeds of the rental income is a risky business. You're not the only one with that idea around. More and more foreigners start a Chambres d'Hotes or start to rent out gites. Furthermore, the number of tourists in recent years has fallen. Calculate your profit! If you need more security, than you should get a job.

The times of plenty in the housing market are over. Previously you could still make a gamble. Prices rose after all anyway. Nowadays you should be happy if prices don’t fall. Buying a house as an investment property is not obvious nowadays. If you still want to invest your money in a second home in France, choose a popular region like Paris, the Riviera or the French Alps.

Surveyors

Picardy & Nord Pas-de-Calais

- UK type Property surveys in France


Normandy

- UK type Property surveys in France

- French Property Surveys

- Peter Goddard, Anglo-French Building Surveyor

- Peter White Building Surveyor / Expert en bâtiment

- Helping home owners in France since 2001


Brittany

- Andrew Allen Architects, Pre-purchase feasibility studies

- Bretagne Architectural Services, Pre purchase feasibility surveys

- UK type Property surveys in France


Pays de la Loire

- UK type Property surveys in France


Poitou-Charentes

- Twelve Years of Experience in the Area

- For total peace of mind, have the property professionally surveyed before you say "oui"

- Pre and post- purchase property examinations


Dordogne

- We offer RICS Homebuyer Reports to house- hunters who wish to be informed before taking the plunge to purchase a property.

- Property surveys and Diagnostic Surveys in the following areas in the south west of France: Dordogne, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Haute Vienne, Gironde and the Lot et Garonne.

- Gordon P. Barnes, Chartered Surveyor resident in South West France


Midi-Pyrénées South

- Gordon P. Barnes, Chartered Surveyor resident in South West France

- Richard Stirrup, Pre-purchase surveys

- Robert Lyell, Pre-purchase surveys


Midi-Pyrénées North

- Use our professional services to investigate if the property is indeed your dream home.

- Richard Stirrup, Pre-purchase surveys


Centre Val-de-Loire

- UK type Property surveys in France

- French Property Surveys


Burgundy

- French Property Surveys


Provence

- We provide prospective buyers with a bilingual one- stop shop consultancy and continuous support service


Languedoc-Roussillon

- Robert Lyell, Pre-purchase surveys


France

- John Marshall Surveys, Chartered Valuation Surveyors & Building Pathologists

- identifying significant structural defects, maintenance and repair items and things which are, or may be, dangerous and which could affect health and safety of those in or around he buildings.

- Ensure you buy your dream, not your nightmare. Provide security, confidence and peace of mind.


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