Living France - - LIFESTYLE -

• Do as much as you can your­self, but know when you need to get the ex­perts in. If the work re­quires a spe­cial­ist, you could end up pay­ing out for costly re­pairs. • Scour lo­cal mar­kets for bargain fur­ni­ture – restor­ing fur­ni­ture can be fun, so give it a go!

• Talk to lo­cals about what you are do­ing – lo­cal res­i­dents are of­ten thrilled that old build­ings are be­ing spruced up, and may even give you a hand! • Draw on lo­cal ex­per­tise – peo­ple are of­ten will­ing to give you ad­vice on how to tackle a par­tic­u­lar job.

• Be re­al­is­tic – make changes as and when you can af­ford it.

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