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French words and expressions you need when viewing a house

PUBLISHED: 17:08 24 November 2017

Brush up on essential house viewing French vocabulary ©cirano83 - Thinkstock

Brush up on essential house viewing French vocabulary ©cirano83 - Thinkstock

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Viewing a property in France? Brush up on this French vocabulary for house viewings before you go!

Useful vocabulary

propriétés, biens immobiliers – properties

la situation – the location

un rendez-vous – an appointment

une visite – a viewing

un agent immobilier – an estate agent

une sélection – a shortlist

une liste de souhaits – a wishlist

un site internet – a website

une annonce – a listing

sur le marché – on the market

entretien – maintenance

PROPERTIES

une maison de campagne/de village/de ville – a house in the countryside/a village house /a town house

une maison mitoyenne – a semi-detached house

une maison à rénover – a renovation project

une maison rénovée – a renovated property

une demeure historique – a historic property

meublé/non meublé – furnished/unfurnished

de plain-pied – single-storey

FEATURES

refait à neuf – refurbished

une cuisine toute équipée – a fully fitted kitchen

une cuisine américaine/ouverte – an open plan kitchen

une baie-vitrée – French windows/doors

un sous-sol – a basement

une cave – a cellar

un grenier – an attic

le voisinage – the neighbourhood

en bon/mauvais état – in good/bad condition

un parquet massif – solid parquet floor

double-vitrage – double-glazing

une cheminée d’origine – a period fireplace

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Questions to ask

De quand date la construction de la maison ? – When was the house built?

De quand datent les derniers travaux ? – When were the last works done?

Quelle est la taille du terrain ? – How big is the plot?

Comment est le voisinage ? – What’s the neighbourhood like?

Y’a-t-il des nuisances sonores ? – Is there any noise polution?

Quel est le type de chauffage utilisé ? – What heating system is used?

Quel est le système de production d’eau chaude ? – What water-heating system is used?

La maison est-elle raccordée au réseau d’assainissement ? – Is the house linked to mains drainage?

Quel type d’isolation est utilisé ? – What insulation system is used?

Pourquoi les propriétaires vendent-ils la maison ? – Why are the owners selling the house?

Le prix est-il discutable ? – Is the price negotiable?

Le jardin est-il facile à entretenir ? – Is the garden easy to maintain?

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Don’t miss

How to make the most out of property viewings

10 insider tips for successful househunting

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Things to say

Ce n’est pas ce que je recherche – This is not what I’m looking for

Avez-vous autre chose? – Do you have anything else?

Ce n’est pas dans mon budget – This is not within my budget

J’aimerais effectuer une deuxième visite – I’d like to have a second viewing

J’aimerais pouvoir négocier – I would like to negotiate

Puis-je voir la cave/le grenier...? – Can I see the cellar/attic...?

J’aimerais emménager rapidement – I’d like to move in quickly

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