HAVE you ever thought of offering your gîte to house-hunters instead of holidaymakers, and so taking the stress of changeovers off your shoulders?
As the market for holiday lets gets more competitive owners are beginning to look at other options to ensure their property earns its keep.
The Telegraph website features an article about the increasing popularity of letting long term to people who are interested in buying in France.
Most of the books and guides recommend that you should live in an area long-term before buying, and letting a place for six months provides a chance to get a true taste of a region.
So if you are looking to let a place for a number of months it is important that you target estate agents and notaires offices, leave a description of your property with them and ask them to pass it on to prospective purchasers.
Also make sure that you mention on your own website that you are keen to let your property for a number of months and give an idea of the costs involved.
It is also worthwhile highlighting that you have experience of buying a property, naturally, but also know the area well and can help people in those first few weeks and months.
And head to the many messageboards on the internet where people are often searching for information and property in France.
But don’t just say ‘I have a house for let,’ offer some answers to questions that have been posted and mention the availability of your home.
Providing simple advice and tips is not as stressful as marching up and down stairs with the vacuum cleaner on a Saturday morning!
And so over to you, what advice would you provide others who are thinking of letting their home long-term?