I am looking at a lovely old house in Tarbes France. It stands on a 1,000m of land but needs a complete renovation. But firstly it needs to be branched to electric, gas, water an sewage. Can anybody advise on how to get all branched and is it expensive?
Secondly, can I get any financial helps to restore an old house?
Any builders out there will to give a quote for works?
Firstly, contact the local Mairie to find out about the water/waste. Enedis/EDF for electricity - sounds like it might be a new installation so it will need a temporary supply. Gas - really?
Unlikely to get any grants for renovation
Yes, it will be expensive
Of course you have! Those of us with old properties, we all have!
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing. Does mean it’s a good idea to have deep pockets and not expect to have any holidays for a few years and to manage expectations about how long it all takes and who’s available when. If you are not a competent builder yourself with experience of French norms it can be useful to employ a “maitre d’oeuvre” who will oversee the project for you, manage your budgets, bring you good local artisans as you need them and know who/what in the way of connections to utilities.
We did just that and it was well worth it. 15 years on - it’s still a money pit and we still have parts of the house to be restored, but we love it here.
If there is water/electricity already there, then connections will obviously be a lot cheaper . Find out from the Mairie who looks after your water network and ask. Our commune looks after our own water supply /CA and (IIRC) and pays for 2/3 of the cost of a new connection , but no idea how widespread such a scheme is.
think of a number, double it then add a good %age after all of that for contingency… these things are never as cheap as you first imagine them to be…
for what? I recall looking at a piece of terrain on which the seller told me “the maire has approved the plan to build on it” and when I arranged an appointment with the maire, the permission had expired years before… be careful!
A final point… don’t start digging up the road on your own account - it requires permission and there are different permissions and specifications required for each of the utilities…
Thanks, I seen the paperwork last night and it was approved in 2020. But of course I will check all. I have not signed anything as yet, just looked at property, went through paperwork and made an offer. It is 1000m and there is an old house on the grounds, built in 1850.
With the best will in the world, there is no point in relying on what you are being told by the Seller… paperwork from 2020 is not necessarily still correct.
It’s what the Mairie/Planning says re the situation now, which will carry weight.
Thus, my usual advice still stands good. You should go to the Mairie and tell them what you hope to do on the land (including rough ideas about the existing building).
The Mairie will tell you if these ideas are feasible and what paperwork needs to be done to confirm this… eg outline planning permission… and you should wait until permission (for whatever) is received… have it as a clause-suspensive perhaps… which means you aren’t held to the Purchase if you don’t get the Permissions you need.
This is my best advice and, of course, one can ignore this… it’s a free world.
Sometimes things work out well, without contacting the Mairie before Purchase… but I’ve seen enough things go wrong to prefer to point folk in the direction of Planning/Mairie before laying out any money or signing contracts.