I have just had a firm come in a tell me that my roof rafters need to be treated for Capricorn and woodworm in the loft spaces. The quote to treat these nasty creatures has come in at 2000 Euros. Now I've been down to the DIY store and can buy the treatment liquids for 60 Euros. Is there any great skill in slapping this stuff on worth 2000 Euros or should I do it myself? Has anyone done it themselves? Any useful advice would be gratefully received. KieranHalfway between Beziers and Narbonne
In the UK the double glazing firms were always phoning asking if I'd like new windows. I never did. Ironic now that I am trying to find a glazing firm they are hard to find. I have found a few fliers and adverts, but they are all the same firm just using different branding. Has anyone had their old French windows re-glazed? I have had a quote but the firm insists that I install windows in PVC or wood – as a single panel with fake separation bars. I like my windows; I just want them double glazed. Any information would be gratefully received. Kieran Halfway between Beziers and Narbonne
Does anyone know if you can sell your house if it has a pool but does not have a security system like an alarm or fence? No-one I have spoken to so far has an answer. The secondary question is this: if you sell the house with no pool security system, are you acting outside of the law???????
We don't need much for our holiday home but are keen to buy 2 matching sofa beds,rugs, dining table and chairs and a double bed. All our needs are catered for by Ikea I guess but we want a big chunky old/new pine table which they don't do. Can anyone recommend good stores with lots of choice and reasonable prices as we'd prefer local suppliers. We are half way between Carcassonne and Perpignan. Thanks!Sue
On our last visit to P.& O we bought some paint for the walls of the house which we had just bought - but didn't find the quality very good. A friend who lives in the area said many British people had complained about the quality of paint available in France. I said we were going to bring some paint out from the U.K. on our next visit and my friend asked if I could bring some for her too. The only thing is she asked whether there was a mechanism where she would be able to reclaim the V.A.T. (She runs a hotel busuness in P.&.O). Has anyone any experience of this? Also does anyone know of what and where good quality paint is available in P & O? We are coming out within the next couple of weeks. LizLiz
We are wondering as to whether or not we should bring our furniture with us when we move to the Perpignan/Montpellier area. It may be more cost effective to 'sell up' and buy 'new' once we are in France! Does anyone know very roughly, what new furniture costs in France? Are there plenty of outlets to buy used furniture in this area??? What sort of costs are involved? Any advice would be welcomed.
Hi, I'm a complete newbie to the forum, so I'm unaware if this question has been asked before. I purchased a property in the Herault a couple of years ago and am (slowly) trying to renovate it in my holidays. One of the things I'm keen to do is to use Solar power to heat the water, and I'm also interested in PV (photo-voltaic) to supply some or part of the electricity. I would have thought that with the beneficial climate in the Languedoc that a number of forumers would already have been down this path. If anyone has, I would be very interested to hear your experiences. Cheers, Graham
What sort of finish was applied to the inside walls of French houses about 30 years ago. For instance in Ireland all walls would have a hardwall plaster skim finish. This was then either painted or papered. I hope to paint all the walls in a home I am buying in Bessan, currently papered and am not sure what to expect when I remove the paper. I got to see under a little piece and it looked a bit powdery. Any experiences?