At Healey Fox we spend a lot of time talking to clients about houses and sometimes it is difficult to get them to move away from focusing on specific properties and to look at the bigger picture. I guess it is always exciting to fantasise about beautiful character cottages, glamorous villas and especially little stone buildings for restoration but sometimes I talk with clients who I just feel will never take the plunge to go out to France to look at real life properties, to move away from sunny day pictures, to move away from the dreams and to touch base with reality. However, planning a viewing trip is not only an essential prelude to buying your dream property it is also something that it is vitally important to get right. None of us have time and money to waste on badly planned trips. After years spent in helping clients to find and buy homes in France I believe that we, at Healey Fox, have a pretty good idea of how to make your viewing trip successful. Years ago I remember talking with clients who had visited France every school holiday for four or five years, according to my reckoning that could be more than twenty trips. They even prided themselves on having a database with every property they had ever seen. Five years on, they were still searching for the right property and I have a feeling that if I could find them now, they would still be looking!
And finally, make sure that the agent knows your plans. Let them know if you might want a second viewing or if you would like to see some different houses or let them know if the area and houses aren’t right for you. Remember, the more you communicate the better the service from the agent is likely to be. And please, if we at Healey Fox, have had the pleasure of making your appointments let us know how your experience was. We will be in touch with you on your return, but if you need our help while out in France or if you want to discuss your trip, the properties you saw….maybe even the one you are going to buy before we manage to get hold of you, we would love to hear from you. HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL VIEWINGS.