Why use a local artisan in France?
Why use a local artisan in France, if you think you can do the job yourself? They are many benefits of using local artisans and tradesmen, for a complete project or for help with specific jobs. Firstly they have local knowledge, about the area, soil, climate, traditional stones and tiles. Then there’s dealing with the relevant administrative procedures and various permits, for example to install a swimming pool or to extend a barn.
Use a French artisan, it can be cheaper
For expats wanting to renovate property in France, bringing over your ‘own team’ and materials has become a complicated process and more expensive since the UK has left the EU. And this practice is not always well perceived by locals.
If you are planning to integrate into your local community, it’s a good idea to use a local artisan, professionals and connect with businesses in your area. With the added bonus that professionals all have trade accounts with a reduced rate of VAT. Ensure they have a valid SIRET number and have a professional insurance policy in place.