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Buying A Barn In France

The attractions of buying a barn to convert into a home in France are numerous.

For starters, there are countless old agricultural buildings in France that would make fabulous homes and because of their widespread availability, prices remain very affordable - unlike the UK. And given that most will be found in rural areas, you can also get much more land for your money too.

The French government are in favour of rural regeneration and permission to convert a barn is usually granted.

Bear in mind though, that the French are also very keen to preserve the rural way of life and agriculture and its continued existence is key to this.

As well as rules that prohibit the conversion of buildings for human habitation within 100m of where livestock are kept, barns that do or could still serve an agricultural purpose may not be granted permission for conversion to residential use.

If you are buying an unconverted barn or similar agricultural building you should make it a condition of purchase that the property is sold with a Certificate d’Urbanisme or CU.

A certificate d’urbanisme allows for the change of use for the property and is similar to outline planning permission in the UK. Without a CU, you will not be able to convert the property.

To begin converting your barn you will also have to obtain a Permis de Construire - the equivalent of detailing planning permission in the UK.

If the property you are converting has been lived in at some point in the past, it may still be classified as residential on the local cadastral plan. A visit to the local Mairie will clarify the situation - and also allow you to ask about other proposals and plans for the surrounding area.

If it is shown as residential, then a Declaration de Travaux may be all you need to begin your conversion. This allows you to re-roof a property, build a swimming pool, create new door and window openings and so on without the need to apply for a Permis de Construire.

How To Renovate A House In France book How to Renovate a House in France: The Essential Know-how to Create Your Dream Home in France
by David Ackers, Jerome Aumont, Paul Carslake
Price: £18.99
Paperback 224 pages (Ascent Publishing)
Written in an accessible, non-technical language that assumes no prior expertise in building or renovating, the book takes readers step-by-step through the various parts of a project: from the initial approach and planning, through to the major work on walls, roof, interior floors, and potential loft conversions. It also looks at ways of creating more individual kitchens and bathrooms, and at ideas for exterior landscaping and swimming pool projects. The book also includes a 64-page technical guide - 'The Basics' which runs through the details of the buying process, how to get the power, water and so on sorted out, plus a look at the French building trades and how to work with them. It also includes more detailed technical information, with a description of the planning permission process, and the guarantees that protect your rights as a consumer in France. Of course, a renovation project in France is usually aimed at creating an enjoyable holiday home, where the owners can start to become part of a new community. So we also have a short chapter on how to build friendships with the new French neighbours: it won't tell you everything, but it does include a brief guide on that inherently French style of greeting people: kissing!
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Essential Questions To Ask When Buying A House In France book Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a House in France: And How to Ask Them
by Mark Sampson
Price: £5.23 (42% off list price)
Paperback 260 pages (Summersdale)
This practical, easy-to-use guide is essential reading for anyone thinking of buying property in France. It's packed with information that will enable you to complete every part of the buying process with ease. This book is a step-by-step guide to what you need to ask and tips that will enable you to buy the home in France you have always wanted.
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Buying Property In France
by Penny Zoldan
Price: £6.99
Hardback 192 pages (The Crowood Press)
This practical, easy-to-use guide is essential reading for anyone thinking of buying property in France. It's packed with information that will enable you to complete every part of the buying process with ease. The British represent 40% of international buyers in France, a figure which has doubled since 2000. Not sure which region of France will suit you best? Wondering about the best way to finance your purchase? Keen to buy in France but unsure what the actual costs will be? Need to Know? Buying Property in France has all the answers. Contents include: / Finding your perfect property: where to look, UK and French agents and websites / Different types of property, including different regions / Visiting properties: viewing, appointments and dealing with French agents / Getting your finance: tax and mortgages / Making an offer, the final signing and potential problems Need to Know? Buying Property in France, part of the highly successful Collins Need to Know? series, is a practical, accessible handbook, full of information and tips that will enable you to buy the home in France you have always wanted.
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