If you are thinking of trying to mastermind a property project from another country, which you can only visit to oversee about six times a year (for a few days) using guys who don’t speak your native tongue who don’t really “do” emails my considered advice is DON’T!
Don’t get me wrong.My artisans/workmen at French house are beyond reproach and are doing a good job; but there will be times when they come up against an issue where their bit of the work comes up against another trade’s who isn’t on site at that point so everything grinds to a halt. I cannot afford a dedicated Project Manager so please don’t ask; My wonderful Builder is keeping “an eye” but he is not charging for this and he is not omniscient
Whilst you will find contractors with a broad range of trade’s or multi-skilled on call in other countries, you are very unlikely to find this in rural village France. Here, folk have a trade and they will not step outside and tread on another trade’s toes.
All my guys are acknowledged and experienced experts in their own areas, that’s fine & I trust them to get on with it as and when they can.
They all know that I am a control freak, so if they are not sure what I want they STOP! Quite right too.
Here is an example of why we keep hitting delays on our project. We knocked a doorway through massive spine wall from terrace bedroom to what will be jackandjill shower room. We co-ordinated installation of new roof lights, demolition of another stupidly sited wall (that split the tulip bedroom in half) created two brand new access doorways, got the centuries old lead pipe replaced with new stuff, plumbed in the WC, prepped for new basin, built a new wall and tiled the floor etc etc. Unfortunately when M.Plombier unwrapped my state of the art eco friendly miserly fuel consumption chrome towel rail/radiator that will warm this room and which feeds off my new all singing all dancing eco-boiler he realised that this towel rad also incorporates a facility which allows it to be switched to electric heating element when central heating isn’t on. So he stopped.
We just need to arrange a date for sparky and gasman to get together in our house at the same time on the same day and converse…….I have every faith in them