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Buying a French Property in Charente France
Buying Property in Charente South West France
solicitor (Notaire) is responsible for insuring that certain
inspections are carried on the property you are buying prior to
completion. These inspections will be for termites and other wood
eating bugs, Lead and asspestos checks. If you are buying a relatively
new house then it may be well worth asking for a copy of the builders
invoice as this carries a ten year guarantee in France. Similar the
vendor would have a COUNSEL CERTIFICATE which would have been provided
once the property was hooked up to mains electric, this certificate
would show that the wiring conformed to French standards and was safe.
The notaire will also ask for the plans cadastre for the property you
are buying and will check that the boundaries are marked. If you are
buying a piece of land or property that was once part of a larger
section then a new plan cadastre will be drawn up and new parcelle
numbers given to your plot.
A property survey does not exists as such in France and you would be better off asking a local builder to survey the property for you. Remeber if you are buying some 200 year old stone French farmhouse then there will be work to be done and do not think otherwise. Do not ask the estate agent to recommend a surveyor or builder as he will probably send some one he knows will not loose his commission. Instead ask at the town hall or Maire to recommend a local builder or other expats to recommend some one. Remember the estate agent will loose a lot of money if you pull out. The sale completion signing is held in the notaire's office and it's usual for the buyer to be there, but if you can't be, you can arrange a power of attorney for it to be signed in your absence. Make sure that you have your deposit in place in France and also that your mortgage has been agreed. If you miss the completion date you will lose your deposit. On the day of the signing be sure to go and view the property one final time prior to signing to ensure that everything is has you expect. The estate agent can arrange this and it is not unusual. When you sign you will be asked to write in French sold as seen so make sure you have seen it.
It's not unknown for problems to arise even at this late stage with regard to fixtures and fittings for example all the light switches and power points may have been removed.
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