HOW TO MAKE YOUR DREAM A RE­AL­ITY – DOS AND DON’TS

Living France - - LIFESTYLE -

DO re­mem­ber that it’s not a hol­i­day – even if you love a place in sum­mer, liv­ing there through­out the year will be very dif­fer­ent. DO em­ploy lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als where pos­si­ble – you’ll cre­ate strong links that you’ll be able to call on in the long-term if there’s an emer­gency, and you’ll be more pop­u­lar for em­ploy­ing lo­cal work­ers. DO speak French – es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas of France where few lo­cals speak English. DO have a con­tin­gency fund – you’re sure to need more money than you ini­tially think, es­pe­cially on a ren­o­va­tion pro­ject and es­pe­cially on an older prop­erty! DON’T pro­ject-man­age from abroad - you’ll need to be on-site if you want progress. DON’T over­spend – pri­ori­tise, keep track of costs and don’t spend more than you can af­ford. Have a bud­get in mind and stick to it. DO go house-hunt­ing in the win­ter, which will give you a re­al­is­tic view of what the prop­erty and the area are like even when they’re not at their sunny best. Turn to page 78 for our ex­pert guide to long win­ter lets.

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