Preparing to visit France to view your shortlist of properties is exciting and should be well planned to make the most of your time. The ideal viewing trip will last 4 to 10 days – long enough to give you a feel for your chosen area without leaving you exhausted. And provide the opportunity for second viewings and time to sample a little French life.
Before You Go
Draw up a viewing list - you should aim to visit 2 to 4 properties a day (3 is ideal, 5 maximum), all of which should lie within a manageable radius of one another. This should leave enough time to investigate the area.
Don’t leave it too late - contact us 2 / 3 weeks in advance, especially during the holidays, everyone is busy and holiday rentals harder to find. Send us your criteria and dates so we can finalise arrangements with the owners.
Weekend visits - we are usually able to arrange Saturday visits. However Sunday visits are not possible, it is a religious day of rest in France when people go to church service and spend time en famille.
Plan your finances - unless you are a cash buyer you’ll need to research mortgages, we suggest you seek an agreement in principle so that you can make an offer if you find your dream property. However, banks criteria are very strict.
Have your euros secured - registering with a foreign currency specialist at an early stage makes it easier to sort out your deposit transfer after a successful viewing trip.