South East Recorder Issue 21 - Page 33

FRENCH PROPERTY In recent years, France has become a popular destination for buying property for many people in the UK. Whether to live in or as a holiday property, the buying process can be a stressful experience. Gordon Barnes and his company GPB Project Services have been helping people buy their dream home in France for the past 15 years. Gordon has a vast knowledge in most types of building and civil engineering projects in France as well as in the UK. The company has worked on schools, hospitals, commercial buildings and major infra-structure projects making sure all works are carried out as per the original plans, as well as insuring all deadlines are met and that all the work is done within the original set budget. Gordon formed GPB Project Services in 1997 and is currently based in Aquitaine, France, ideally situated to cover the SW France region, so he can respond and liaise with clients quickly and efficiently. Gordon has numerous contacts within the industry which he has accumulated over the years, however he operates totally independently to assure his clients that the advice and service he offers is unbiased and purely objective. Amongst the many services offered by GPB Project Services, Gordon feels it is vitally important that each client is 100% happy with the property that they purchase. Gordon will provide a pre-purchase inspection together with a detailed written report about the property. Gordon offers the client his professional advice and opinion on the condition of the property and of any concerning issues which will be photographed and documented in the final report. Compulsory Diagnostic reports which the vendors are legally required to provide identify the presence of asbestos, lead, gas and electrical anomalies and any deficiencies in the drainage system. The vendor is not obliged to act on these issues so it is important for the client to know of any problems with the property before negotiating the final selling price. After conducting the required checks and surveys, Gordon is then in a position to advise the client of any works that may need to be carried out on the property, as well as the potential cost implications and therefore further helping the client at the price negotiation stage. The report is completed very promptly to help the client in any final price negotiations. The survey can also be done in the company of the client and any issues can be discussed during the inspection. Gordon is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, so clients can be assured to receive the best possible professional service, and with over 35 years’ experience in the building and construction industry, GPB Property Services are the go to company for anyone buying a property in France. For further information if you are considering buying a property in France call Gordon Barnes on 0033 553 242 813 or visit