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...

Marketing your gite in France

If you’re a new holiday gite owner, marketing is the one task you’ll start on day one and continue until you stop renting out the gite. It’s a continuous process that requires time, effort and investment so it’s important to get right. We won’t be able to cover every element of marketing in a single post but this page will get you started. We’ll cover marketing in more depth in future...

French property buying process overview

As you might imagine, the French property purchase process is a little different to the British one. It’s similar in some ways but different in others. Today we’re going to outline the process so you know what to expect when shopping for a gite. It isn’t designed to replace professional advice, but instead give you an idea of what you’re in for if you want to buy a gite in France. Find your...

The French wealth tax and gite ownership

The tax system in France is surprisingly straightforward, but one tax not many people know about until it’s too late is the annual wealth tax. This is on top of income tax and is payable on the assets you have, regardless of where they are. So, what is it and what do you need to know? We’re not tax experts so don’t take this as tax advice. This is simply a blog post highlighting something you...

Reasons why guests choose gites instead of hotels

If you’re considering investing in a gite, it may be beneficial to know why guests choose to stay in them. Knowing your market is going to be key to your success and something we all have to get to grips with when starting a business. Here are some of the main reasons our guests chose one of our gites over a local hotel. Home from home One of the key reasons gites are so popular is that they...

Quick tips for running a gite business

If you’re thinking of buying and running a gite in France, you’re not alone. Hundreds of Brits and other nationalities love the idea of escaping the rat race, moving to somewhere lovely and starting their own business. While it is possible to make a living from running gites, there is also a lot of work that goes into them. With that in mind, we have put together some quick tips for anyone...

Is there money to be made from running a gite in France?

With everything that’s happening in the world, it’s very tempting to look elsewhere for an alternative way of life. With all those TV shows on how good life can be when you move abroad, thoughts naturally turn to gites and whether you can make money from them. That’s the subject of today’s post. Can you make money from gites in France? Making money from French gites You can make money...

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