Caveat Emptor – House Renovation – June 2015

The French regulations governing electric wiring, gas installations and sewage are an issue when buying a property in France. It is OK for an old house not to conform to regulations. When you buy a property it is the new owner’s obligation to make the installations conform to current regulations.

The electric wiring in our property is downright dangerous. Wires appear out of walls and disappear into adjacent walls. Most power sockets are 2 pin and there is no earth connection.  There are far too few sockets. Apparently a living room should have 5 power outlets. The water heater doesn’t work either. This is OK in the hot Summer weather when a cold shower is rather welcome.

We got an electrician in, via the estate agent, to quote for new wiring and heating. His quote was a staggering €18,000. He must use gold wires!

We also have 5 rather large pine trees in the garden. We got a tree surgeon in via the estate agent. His quote was a staggering €7,500.

We found a site called “Find a Trade in France” where you can post a job and several local tradespeople can then send in a quote. We will get at least 3 quotes before parting with any money.

There is quite a lot of work which needs to be done before we can start operating as a guest house. Now we need to prioritise the work and get the urgent things done as soon as possible.

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