Buying a French property is often the start of many a new experience, writes Catharine Higginson.
National planning regulations in France mean that you cannot assume you will be able to construct a pool or a garage on your property.
We all know about ‘cowboy builders’ in France, but are the victims of these incidents sometimes the unwitting accessories of their own misfortune?
The French are not accustomed to commissioning a property survey, but international buyers do have a choice, says John Marshall.
Some important changes have been introduced to the planning system in France, so we have taken the opportunity to update our comprehensive guide.
The average cost of constructing a new property in France in 2010 was €1,035m², slightly down on that for 2009 (€1,048m²)
What is the regularly framework for maintenance of your boiler and cleaning of your chimney?
A number of changes to planning regulations and taxes are being introduced, which it is hoped will simplify the whole process.
All building work in France comes with a warranty against latent defects, but you would be better advised to put your faith in a good builder.
The French government has clearly signalled their intention on home energy efficiency for new homes.
Engaging an architect should bring substantial additional added value to your building project, provided you set about the process with care.
Complaints are on the increase over the obligatory compliance inspections of septic tanks.
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