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

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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.”

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