46, DEUX-SÈVRES Rent before you buy
When electrician Paul (43) and social marketing expert Micala (46) decided to move to France in 2012, they wanted to take the time to focus on business before they bought a property. Their choice of area was in part prompted by Micala’s parents, who’d set
As well as keeping the focus on our businesses in the early days, we also learned a lot about what we were prepared to put up with in a house, and what we couldn’t cope with before we bought. So we really knew what to look for when the time came.
We found our first rental property on a forum, and rented two different houses over a period of four years before buying the property in which we now live. One of the rentals we lived in had a ‘waterfall’ cascading down one of the chimneys, and a boiler that could only heat the house to 11°C. Another had electric heating, which we found to be very expensive.
Learning through experience as we did meant that when we did purchase, we chose something smaller that we could keep warm and maintain more easily. We also made sure we checked out internet connection speeds, and chose a property near to a main road so that Paul could easily get to his jobs.
We’d always recommend people try before they buy.”