French Property Surveys
Subject II Survey Ltd. Chartered Surveyors are one of a few established practices offering Building Surveys of property in France for the UK purchaser. A UK style building survey, formerly known as a Structural Survey, extends to circa 35 pages of text and also includes digital photography of the defects and issues.
Our French base is in South West France and whilst we specialize in the Vienne / Charente and South West France we will quote for any location within France. We are also able to offer this service within the EU.
The French house buyer tends not to have any form of condition survey before buying property, the more cautious may ask a local builder to have a look and give them a debriefing over several glasses of vin rouge. The British purchasers are of course more used to having pre purchase surveys and of course one should not leave common sense back in blighty when it comes to buying a property in France.
Whilst the estate agent and vendor may be dismissive about the need for a survey, and that includes both British and French vendors, ensure that you have a survey carried out pre purchase, this is recommended to be carried out before signing of the initial contract.
Including a clause in the initial contract regarding a survey being carried and not raising any problems or disadvantages with the property, may be included, but could prove legally problematic if you want to withdraw and get your deposit back and avoid being sued for the whole purchase price!, you should of course take appropriate legal advice, and this is why we recommend the survey is carried out before signing anything.
These are some actual conversations;
From large specialist national Estate Agents in France when asked about a Chartered Surveyor for a Building Survey in South West France;
No you cant get a Chartered Surveyor down here it would cost a fortune anyway.
Our response; We cover South West France and our fees are competitive.
From potential purchaser in South West France of an old village house;
The building hasn't fallen down in a couple of hundred years so it must be all right wont it?
Not necessarily, we will be looking for signs of past and present or active movement and the signs of a developing problem that could get worse after your purchase. Structural adequacy can sometimes be in doubt;