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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


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


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


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


Learn more French vocabulary

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21 French words to help with your DIY or renovation project


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?


Don’t miss

How to make the most out of property viewings

10 insider tips for successful househunting


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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