On this and the following pages are a few of my observations on buying and owning a house in France. Generally I regard the whole experience to be a great adventure and even the few negative experiences have been part of that adventure. It is good fun to practise and to improve your French, and I have found the French people to be very friendly.
If you are just starting out on your own adventure, I hope the information on this site has been of some help to you.
Here are a few miscellaneous facts I have picked up, regarding owning a house in France, which don't fit under any of the other page headings.
Before we bought the house in France
I wondered how easy it would be to get building materials for
renovation, and I had this picture in my head of driving down an unmade
track in the middle of nowhere to a collection of ramshackle buildings
where the people serving behind the counter would deliberately
misunderstand my French.
The reality turned out to be that, even though we are in a very small town, there are merchants where you can buy joinery, plumbing supplies, electrical fittings, etc. literally about 5 minutes drive from the house, and the staff are polite and very patient with my attempts at speaking French.
At the nearest large town, there are also branches from chains of builders merchants across France such as Pointe P.
I actually have to travel a lot further for my building materials here in Hampshire.
Bang goes that preconception.
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Acknowledgements: images used on the left in the text area are mainly from morguefile.com, my thanks to biberta, missyredboots, rosevita, doctor_bob, cohdra, mconners, kairily, clarita, scott. m. liddel, and anyone else from morguefile whose image appears here. All the images in the right hand column on each page have been taken by me during my various travels in France and are copyright of buyahouseinfrance.info.