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Painter and Decorators in France

If you have been to the local DIY shops such as Mr Bricolage you will have noticed, I am sure that paint is very expensive especially when you look at the well know makes such as Crown or Dulux (and I have found them to be a different quality to the paint purchased in the UK).
 
There are now several independent paint suppliers in France who offer English paints at reasonable prices along with wallpapers etc. They are located in most regions of France now and if not in your region it really is worth the trip to the nearest one to get good quality paint.
Most of these paint suppliers can be found in the local press or on the many classified French websites that are now online and offering professional advertising to local companies.
 
For exterior paint, again I would recommend getting a good quality English weathershield paint or other similar brand. I have used the best available French exterior paints and to be honest they are not nearly as good as the best English brands available.
 
Wallpaper is available in the various DIY shops but it is hard to find a good anaglipta paprer or even a good backing plain wallpaper doe not seem to be readily available to buy in the French DIY shops.
 
All in all I have personally found it better to buy all decoration items even down to the paint brushes in the UK as the quality seems much better and cheaper.
 
If you are looking for good wood treatments then it is pot luck as I have had very little experience of buying these in France other than the standard wood stains which seem to do the job fairly well on interior projects, sorry but no comment on exterior products.
 
Thankfully the most basic needs e.g sandpaper is of a good quality to get you started in the right direction so take my advice and where possible get you paints form a UK paint supplier here in France or pick up a tin or two on your next visit to the UK.


Plumbers and Plumbing Companies in Brittany France

When you carry out building work on your home or holiday property you will probably need a good qualified registered plumber. There are of course many good qualified plumbers both French and English who are registered to carry out work for you in Brittany and across France. Please make sure that you use only qualified plumbers to carry out work as bad workmanship could mean that a leak or worse occurs and your property and even your contents could be badly damaged by leaking water in the home, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED….

One important piece of advice on choosing the right person or people to do the job

It is always best practice and a legal obligation to use only qualified and registered plumbers in France, as this means they are insured to do work in your home and the work they do is fully guaranteed. We would never advise you to use anyone who is not qualified or registered as this could, and probably will cause you problems during your building project and could cause further problems after the work is finished. Don’t forget you can always see a badly finished wall or a decorating job that is not done to a good standard; it is not always the case with plumbing work as all you normally see is the water tap or end product (toilet, wash basin, bath etc.) you never see what’s behind the wall like the water pipes.

PLEASE NOTE: It is actually illegal to employ anyone in France who is not registered and you would be liable to fines or worse if you get caught employing people on “the black”. In addition it is always best advise to check the persons or companies insurance certificate.

Quotes

It is considered an important issue that you get a written quote from any plumber or plumbing firm who you are considering using and as a bit of advice you should always get two or three different quotes from reputable plumbing companies. You can then view and review the quotes and decide which plumber or plumbing company best suits your needs. You should always ensure that the quotes you receive for the work are “like for like” as we have found on numerous times that quotes can and do vary but when you investigate you will usually find that one plumber will quote for everything required and will usually allow a set amount for fittings but another one could leave out the fittings in his quote as fittings can depend on the customers wishes as an example why quote for basic sanitary ware and fittings if the client wants a gold plated finish for the bathroom taps.

Time to do the work and the quality of workmanship


If you are here in France then it is often the best way to ensure that your work is done on time and that you will be able to move onto the next phase of your project. People have often found that if they are not there then the work seems to go a lot slower. For quality of work a registered tradesman will usually provide a good level of quality work. In addition you do have legal rights and recourse should the work not be up to a recognized standard. So many people have in the past used businesses that are not registered and invariably the standard and finish of the work is usually not up to the same standard as you get from a registered plumber in Brittany.
 


Builders And Building Companies in Brittany, France

There are many factors to consider when you need a building job done in Brittany France. Please do not expect it to be the same as taking on a builder in the UK.

Builders in FranceIt is always the best advice to use only qualified fully registered and insured builders or building companies to carry out any work on your property.
You may be struggling to understand the correct way to go about getting some quotations, and then how to engage somebody's services for renovations at your recently purchased home in Brittany, Normandy, Loire or any other region of France.

There have been such a assortment of so called builders turning up, who when you question them closely have turned out to be mechanics, or butchers really, and they have stated different things about the "right way to do things" - so you can end up getting more and more confused.

A devis is a fixed-price contract, not an estimate. Unless covered by some clause in the devis, or on your instructions, the Artisan can only charge you what it says on the devis.
The devis must (if over 150€) list all materials - priced - and labour for the job. It should include a start time and approx length of the work. It must include payment terms.

Please remember if you sign a devis (quote/contract), then it is an enforceable contract. Don't use an Artisan who isn't registered for all the jobs he/she is offering. So if he is a builder and says he can do your plumbing make sure that plumbing is included on his insurance. Look at the insurance and registration details before you sign. Check out some of the references. Don’t you buy the materials yourself, your builder can get them cheaper for you and it will cost you more in the long run i.e. when you sell your house etc.
It is best to have the devi in French and English.

Please remember it is illegal to employ anyone that isn’t registered and they usually come down harder on the person employing the builder than the worker himself. We try our best to advertise registered builders on our website but it’s up to you to check their registration details and their insurance which is called Decennale insurance in France.
 


Electricians and Electrical Companies in Brittany France

When carrying out building work on your home or holiday property you will probably need a good qualified registered electrician. There are of course many good qualified electricians both French and English who are registered to carry out work for you in Brittany and across France. As electric is sometimes known as “white man’s magic” which means you can’t see it please make sure that you use only qualified electricians to carry out work as bad workmanship could mean that an electrical fault occurs and your property could be burnt to the ground, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED….

One important piece of advice on choosing the right person to do the job


It is always best practice to use only qualified and registered electricians in France, as this means they are insured to do work in your home and the work they do is fully guaranteed. We would never advise you to use anyone who is not qualified or registered as this could, and probably will cause you problems during your building project and could cause further problems after the work is finished. Don’t forget you can always see a badly finished wall or a decorating job that is not done to a good standard; it is not the case with electrical work as all you normally see is the light switch or electrical socket you never see what’s behind the wall.

PLEASE NOTE: It is actually illegal to employ anyone in France who is not registered and you would be liable to fines or worse if you get caught employing people on “the black”. In addition it is always best advise to check the persons or companies insurance certificate.
Quotes

It is considered an important issue that you get a written quote from any Electrician who you are considering using and as a bit of advice you should always get two or three different quotes from reputable electrical companies. You can then view and review the quotes and decide which electrician or electrical company best suits your needs. You should always ensure that the quotes you receive for the work are “like for like” as we have found on numerous times that quotes can and do vary but when you investigate you will usually find that one electrician will quote for everything required but another one could leave out the fittings in his quote as fittings can depend on the customers wishes as an example why quote for plastic light switch and electric socket surrounds if the client wants a brushed metallic finish.

Time to do the work and the quality of workmanship


If you are based here in France then it is often the best way to ensure that your work is done on time and that you will be able to move onto the next phase of your project. People have often found that if they are not there (maybe a holiday home project) then the work seems to go a lot slower. For quality of work a registered tradesman will usually provide a good level of quality work. In addition you do have legal rights and recourse should the work not be up to a recognized standard. So many people have in the past used businesses that are not registered and invariably the standard and finish of the work is usually not up to the same standard as you get from a registered electrician in Brittany.
 


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