3 top tips for anyone planning to buy a gite in France

Buying a gite and planning to move to France permanently? Join the club! Despite the changes forced upon us by Brexit, the French property market is such that it is much more appealing than our own. It’s much cheaper too! Take advantage of that by all means, but we see Brits moving here and making the same mistakes over and over again. You would be much better off if you could avoid these common...

Tips for streamlining the French gite rental process

If you’re planning to buy a gite in France to rent out, you can save a lot of time and money with a few simple tricks. By streamlining your processes, you can minimise the time you spend managing your gite so you can enjoy more free time to enjoy France! These are some simple but effective tricks for doing just that. Online booking Offering online booking is one of the best things you can do as...

Preparing your gite for guests in times of pandemic

With travel restrictions coming and going and states of pandemic hard to predict, knowing what to do if you own a gite is a tough proposition. How about preparing your gite? Are there rules for what to do and how to prepare a gite during the pandemic? The short answer is no, there are no national rules on cleaning or preparing French gites for occupancy. The industry body, the UNPLV has provided...

The pros and cons of virtual viewings for French gites

With the various travel restrictions stopping us visiting France to view properties, many Brits have been depending on virtual viewings to give them an idea of gites. Some have even made buying decisions based only on these virtual viewings. While we would never recommend buying without visiting, virtual viewings do have a place in buying French gites. With that in mind, let’s outline a few pros...

The costs involved with buying or selling a gite in France

Just like a property purchase in the UK, there are lots of costs involved with buying or selling a gite in France. The actual price of the property is the least of it! If you’re planning to buy or sell a gite in the near future, it might benefit you to have an idea of the various fees and costs involved. That’s what today’s post is all about. A rough guide to the various costs involved in buying...

Do you have to pay import duty when moving items between home and your French gite?

Now the prospect of travel is beginning to open up and the potential to start a new life in France is set to become a reality, how will it all work? Specifically, are there taxes to pay when moving furniture or items to France? Whether it’s to a second home, gite or you’re moving permanently, there is a lot of confusion around whether you have to pay import duty on the items you move. Import...

Setting up your new life in France

If you have just bought your French gite or are moving here to buy a gite, you’ll need a few pointers to set up for your new life here. There are lots of similarities between the UK and France but there are also some fundamental differences. That’s what today’s post is all about. Setting up a French bank account Once you have a permanent address here in France, you’ll want to open a bank...

Top tips for new French gite owners wanting to let their property

French property has seen a surge of Brits wanting to escape the city and the rain to enjoy a new life in France. If you’re one of them and have invested in a gite to let out for extra income, we have some tops tips that could help. We asked some of our leading property owners for any tips they were willing to share with new gite owners. Here is what they said: Get the proper insurance There are...

Preparing your gite advert ready for marketing

As we mentioned last week, marketing is something every business has to start before they even open their doors and never stop. It’s a constant campaign that should cover as many relevant channels as possible and push your marketing budget as far as it can. Today we’re discussing your advert. The ad you’ll place on French gite websites, holiday listings and anywhere you can where your target...

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