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Useful Words to Know When Buying a Property in France

Feb 29, 2008
Often, even if one knows a foreign language well enough to understand and to be understood, there are times when certain expressions here and there might cause a certain amount of difficulty in remembering them.

In conjunction with the task of looking for a house, and subsequently finding one, it is important to be familiar with the expressions and words which are likely to be used at that time.

For this reason, set out below, are a number of words to help those who might find them useful, and thus make life that little bit easier for both the buyer and the seller.

1. Buyer = Acheteur
2. Deed of Sale = Acte Authentique De Vente
3. Estate Agent = Agent Immobilier
4. Cash = Argent Liquide
5. Lift/Elevator = Ascenseur
6. Proof of Ownership of the Property = Attestation De Propriete
7. Lawyer = Avocat
8. Bath = Bain or Baignoire
9. Suburb = Banlieu
10. Building = Batiment
11. Office = Bureau
12. Land Registry = Cadastre
13. Country = Campagne
14. Cellar = Cave
15. Carpenter = Charpentier
16. Shopping Centre = Centre Commercial
17. To do one's shopping = Faire ses Courses
18. Central Heating = Chauffage Central
19. Air Conditioning = Climatisation
20. Seaside = Bord De Mer
21. Corridor = Couloir
22. Courtyard = Cour
23. Mortgage = Hypotheque
24. Double Glazing = Double Vitrage
25. Bus Station = Gare Routiere
26. Train Station = Gare
27. Renting of houses = Location des maisons
28. Ceiling = Plafond
29. Plumbing = Plomberie
30. Power Socket = Prise Electrique
31. Sitting Room = Salon
32. The Grounds = Terrain
33. Roof = Toit
34. Entrance Hall = Vestibule
35. View = Vue
36. Town Planner = Urbaniste
37. Basement = Sous Sol
38. North = Nord
39. South = Sud
40. East = Est
41. West = Ouest
42. Window shutters = Volets
43. Seller = Vendeur
44. Attic = Grenier
45. Sunrise = Lever du Soleil
46. Sundown = Coucher du Soleil
47. Place to park = Endroit pour se garer
48. Post Office = Bureau de Poste
49. Take possession of = Prendre Possession de
50. Swimming pool = Piscine
51. Mains = Canalisation
52. Neighbour = Voisin
53. Neglected = Mal Tenu
54. In Good Condition = En bon Etat
55. Wall = Mur
56. Orchard = Verger
57. Landlord = Baileur
58. Right of Way = Droit de Passage
59. Housing Estate = Lotissement
60. Maintenance = Entretien
61. Paving = Dallage
62. Shower = Douche
63. Freezer = Congelateur
64. A Will = Testament
65. Building Site = Chantier
66. Deposit = Acompte
67. Workshop = Atelier
68. Slate Tile = Ardoise
69. GDF = Gas de France
70. EDF = Electricite de France
71. Lease = Baid
72. Heating = Chauffage
73. Chipboard = Agglomere
74. Planning Permission = Permis de Construire
75. To make bigger = Agrandir
76. Furniture = Meubles
77. Aerial = Antenne

There is of course a good chance that the estate agent and the solicitor and others one has to talk to when buying a house, speak English. If their English is not all that good, it will be nice to know as many words as you can.
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