Renovation project - End of an Era
This is it, we have the Notaire meeting this morning, we really
are selling up, there is no going back.
The house looks perfect, the
beds are made, the toiletries are laid out in the bathrooms.
John goes outside and removes the B&B signs, it only seems
like yesterday that we were putting them up.
Do I really want to go? It has been almost 3 years here, our
hearts and souls have been put into this house, we have lived and breathed this renovation and the B&B for so long, it is perfect, the
sun is even shining and our garden is starting to look fantastic, we
will never sit at the kitchen patio again with our morning coffee, we
will not go out to feed Edith and Amalie (who by the way are staying
with the new owners).
But it is too late for any last minute wobbles, the buyers will be
arriving soon for a final walk through and to take copies of the
This is not something done in the UK, but here in France on the
day you purchase your property, you meet the estate agent at your
new house before you do the final signing too make sure that
everything is just as it should be.
The new owners arrive and they love the house just as much as they
did when they first viewed, they are also really happy with the fact
that they can literally just move in.
The Notaire meeting is very straight forward, our Notaire speaks
excellent English, so there is no need for a translator. However if
you are buying in France I would always recommend that you have
somebody that speaks English with you, so that you know exactly what
you are signing.
However in France there should be no nasty surprises as everything
has been agreed before hand and all relevant documents have been sent
to the Notaire and you have already signed the compromise de vente.
We all sit there and each of us sign the contract, every page has
to be initialled by all vendors and all purchasers to state that you
understand what you are buying.
After the final signature you hand over the keys and that is it,
so simple, so painless.
We now no longer own Huelgoat B&B.
This is the strangest feeling ever, it is very similar to when we
first bought the property, such a momentous occasion, and yet I want
to sit and cry, I feel so lost, what do we do now?
But obviously that story starts tomorrow!