Hir­ing an ar­ti­san

French Property News - - Expert Advice -

Ask­ing your neigh­bours, friends or your es­tate agent is of­ten the best bet to find ar­ti­sans who can carry out the work for you; the mairie may also be able to pro­vide you with a list.

All French trades­peo­ple have to be qual­i­fied in or­der to reg­is­ter their busi­ness and usu­ally the qual­ity of their work is pretty good. Ask them to pro­vide you with their Siret num­ber (com­pany reg­is­tra­tion) and a copy of their as­sur­ance civile and dé­cen­nale which guar­an­tees struc­tural work for 10 years and pro­tects against ac­ci­den­tal dam­age. You can look up their Siret num­ber on the in­ter­net to see their de­clared spe­cial­ity (elec­tri­cian, builder etc).

Once you have agreed and signed their quote ( de­vis), they are legally bound to do the work and can only charge more if you agree and sign a fur­ther de­vis. In some ru­ral ar­eas of France it can be dif­fi­cult to find some­one to do work quickly so plan ahead as much as pos­si­ble.

En­joy the view Beau­ti­ful walls and pavings, a foun­tain or an el­e­gant pool can trans­form your gar­den, and the in­vest­ment is usu­ally well worth the money for the plea­sure it will bring.

Plan­ning things care­fully in ad­vance and good com­mu­ni­ca­tion with your builder will min­imise any risks and stress. Us­ing lo­cal ma­te­ri­als and ar­ti­sans means you are sup­port­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity and in some cases pre­serv­ing lo­cal skills and her­itage. Lynda Har­ris is a Bri­tish land­scape ar­chi­tect de­sign­ing gar­dens through­out France lyn­da­har­ris.com

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