My wife and I are due to spend the whole next week in or near Narbonne looking for an appartment as close to the city centre as possible. We're not entirely new to the French property market, having owned a flat in Nice up until about three years ago. When we were last in Narbonne in December, we visited a number of estate agents on our final day and asked them to email us details of any flats that might meet our criteria. None of them sent us anything. A general enquiry on 'Les Cles du Midi' brought one reply with along with a number of adverts, but when I asked where the properties were (even just a specific area - I appreciate they don't give out addresses), the answer was a polite refusal. Does anyone have any idea how to communicate with the maximum number of agents without having to contact each of them directly? At a fee of 6%, I'd have expected them to be falling over themselves, but I'm getting nowhere and there's not much time left. At this rate, it looks like we'll trudging the streets next week and pressing our noses on all the windows we can find..
We purchased our Maison de Village on 13th May, and almost immediately discovered extensive and live termites infesting the kitchen floor and one beam. We were devastated, as you can imagine. There is also old evidence of damage to one window lintel and the front door frame, on closer inspection, but this does not appear to be live. Does anyone have any experience of termites in beams, and know how much damage can be done before a beam becomes structurally unsafe? The beam is a huge thing - more than five metres long and at least 20 x 20 cm, and there is surface damage along two sides for about a metre and a half, but under this the beam feels fairly sound. It had been plastered over but a second surveyor, employed by us, noticed tell tale signs straight away in this beam and pointed out where to remove the plaster. The beam won't be easy to replace in a village house with neighbours on either side The survey done before purchase indicated that the house was free of termites, and to be fair, the original company have met us, admitted they made a mistake and are paying for treatment BUT they are saying they will not pay for structural damage as it has been there a long time. We are having a further meeting on Tuesday. We understand that any removed timber has to be burnt 'on site' - again difficult in a village house with no garden and no open fire! This will leave us without a kitchen floor and with a dodgy beam! If anyone in the Languedoc area has gone through a similar experience I'd be only too happy to hear from them, to know how they went on, and if they have any tips to offer in our circumstances. We'd be grateful to hear from anyone with any suggestions, help, or even 'Absolutely don't do x or y or whatever...................'
Hi anyone help us to get a water meter put in. Bought property with water supply in cave belonging to appt upstairs. Have no access but paying the bill. Just need to get our own supply and pay so they can cut off the other owners then not my problem. Any property management people willing to help , happy to pay. Odette
Hi - any advice on the following problem much appreciated... We have an old terraced village house (built 1800s). There's damp along the length of one wall, reaching up to about 3 feet high in places. The paint and plaster is flaking off, it looks awful and I have to remove mould periodically. However, it's structural damage I'm more worried about. Could the wooden beams at floor level and stonework be damaged? There's a cave underneath (could this be the root of the problem?) but the entrance has been bricked up by previous owners. One company said they would inject the wall with a chemical - but it's expensive and I've read that this can create greater problems elsewhere, as the water has to go somewhere... Other people have told me just to cover the wall up with water-resistant plaster board... Another person said to re-plaster with a more damp-resistant type of plaster and then paint over with a darker colour up to waist height - basically just make it look nice and live with it. I'm not sure what the best course of action is. Should I get a surveyor to take a look? All advice hugely appreciated! p
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Wanting to connect up to the mains Gas. It's not been used in 5 years however the original gas meter has been capped and removed ! Is this normal in France ? I'm presumming a new meter is fitted at no charge if reconnecting ? Mains gas (gaz de ville) supplied by GrDF or GDF are these the only suppliers ? Can anyone recommend a competive surplier ? What charges are involved in being connected ? Are you tied into a contract ? Any help would be appreciated
Does anyone know where you can buy a thick damproof membrane which will go down before tiles are laid on a terrace? We've seen the sort of thing which we want, being used by a local builder. It comes in a roll and is stuck down, with a surface on one side that cushions the tiles, and has a sort of grid which holds the adhesive on the side to be tiled, but can't find what it's called, or where to buy it. We didn't get the builder's name so can't ask what it was he was using. We may have to do something urgently ourselves as we can't get a builder to do the work before it's likely to start raining again, and the water is pouring in through the terrace after we removed the old tiles, even with a tarpaulin laid and stuck down. Thanks. Val
I have recently bought a property in the Carcassonne area and am looking to have the downstairs floor tiled with natural limestone (cream colour). Does anyone know where I can buy this product? I checked Castorama and the prices are double what I would expect to pay in this area. Anyone have any ideas where I can try? Thanks
I am trying to locate s shop in Roussillon that sells homewares and quilts. I dont know the name of the shop, but it was reached by turning left from the sreet where we walked in to the town. The shop was located in the next street. The front room of the shop sold homewares, and the quilts were in the second room. There appeared to be a whole family running the shop. If anyone can help, I need an email contact for this shop. I would be most grateful if anyone can help me. Thanks
We sold our house in the northern Languedoc area (near Bagnols-sur-Ceze) and have several items to give away. Can anyone recommend a charity that would be willing to come and collect a van load of stuff from our friend's barn? We will be in the area from next Monday 14th to Friday 18th September.
We are thinking of putting a hot tub on our terrace, above the garage and need to know if it is strong enough to take the weight. Does anyone know who we should get in contact with. Is there such a thing as a building inspector or a structural surveyor, or anyone at the marie's office; Thanks for your help Stefan