Is your property in France ready for winter?

Created: Thursday, 03 October 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

After a long hot summer, we sometimes forget how cold winters can be here in France.

On the coldest of winter nights, the temperature can be as low as - 18° C. Therefore if you have a second home in France or you are planning to spend time away over the winter, it is important to think about some of the practical steps you can take to look after your property.

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Providing a helping hand to property owners in France

Created: Thursday, 29 August 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

If you own a holiday home in France or perhaps you are looking to buy a property, there can be situations which occur where you need help or support from time-to-time.

Maybe you have a new project in your house or your garden; a pool which needs maintaining through the summer; or you are searching for that dream home….

 Jansen Property has been helping many clients do precisely that since 2004. We are also delighted to announce that a new team member has joined us – Jemimah, she lives locally in Biron close to the beautiful château and her role is to provide client support.

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The timeless and charming appeal of Monflanquin

Created: Friday, 02 August 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

Monflanquin in the Lot-et-Garonne, South West France is perched high on a hill-top with magnificent views across the Haut Agenais region. The village is a medieval gem and classified as one of the most beautiful towns in France – it is also a personal favourite of ours.

Situated close to where we live, Monflanquin is a ‘bastide’, a fortified town built during the 13th or 14th centuries to defend the local population from attack. Monflanquin is notable for its impressive architecture; indeed historians consider it to be one of the most complete bastides in France. We love the impressive central square and ornate arcades bordering it.

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From purchase to project completion in 6 months…

Created: Wednesday, 03 July 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

Last month we completed our latest project in the beautiful village of Monpazier in South West France. It is a nice cosy house but required renovations inside and out.

In January, a couple purchased the property with a view to renting the 3 bedroom house as a gite for the 2019 summer season and appointed Jansen Property the following month. This may sound ambitious – however we are proud to say we have not only delivered the project successfully but the gite is booking up for this summer with reservations already secured.

Please click below to discover how we delivered the project – resulting in the successful launch of the couple’s new gite business.

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Whatever your pool maintenance needs are – we can help

Created: Friday, 07 June 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

Whatever your pool maintenance needs are – we can help

Summer is here and it’s the time to enjoy relaxing by your swimming pool with family and friends.

Maybe you have a pool at your home or you have a gite which you rent out during the holiday season. In either case, you will know that keeping a pool clean and fresh involves time and maintenance throughout the summer and beyond.

We understand that! Jansen Property has been looking after pools in our beautiful region in South West France for almost 20 years. There are probably very few pool problems that Mark has not successfully tackled.... As one of our clients Alan says, “When it comes to pool maintenance nobody should ask any questions. Mark Jansen has all the answers.” Thank you Alan!

One of our recent clients has managed their own pool for 16 years and has now decided to contract with us – we are grateful for their confidence and we promise to deliver a great service.

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Have you ever wanted to have your own bar?

Created: Monday, 20 May 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

Many of us perhaps dream of having our own bar - and over the next few weeks we will be making that a reality for our latest client.

In April we were approached by the client who lives in Malta and who has recently acquired a property in the west of our region, in the Lot-et-Garonne. Although in good shape, it is an old building and the new owner wishes to personalise it to his own taste with significant updating.

The aim of the project is to refurbish the premises, decorate the entire interior, creating a micro-cement floor, plus removing the chimney and wood burners. We will also be fitting double French opening doors providing external access to the terrace combined with the installation of a CCTV system.

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Whatever your size of project in France, we can deliver

Created: Friday, 12 April 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

In February a new client contacted us to help them after buying a property near Monpazier. The house is to be let as a gite and they wanted Jansen Property’s advice as to how to make it more attractive as a place to stay and how to maximise the rental value.

We met with the couple, who live abroad, and gave our opinion on the work required to secure a good letting income during the summer. Although the property and gardens were generally in good condition, they were keen to ensure that the house had the ‘wow’ factor, so we produced a list of improvements inside and out.

With the summer fast approaching it clearly was important to get started quickly with this project – and within 2 days of the couple agreeing our quotation, we had got to work. 

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Enjoy a stress-free summer by the pool with our VIP maintenance service

Created: Monday, 18 March 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

Summer is not too far away…and what better ways to enjoy the long, hot summertime with a relaxing dip in the pool? If you have a holiday home in France or live here permanently, many of us are fortunate to have a swimming pool – and of course a pool needs regular maintenance. This will keep it safe to use and in tip-top condition.

We understand this. That is why we offer a wide range of different VIP maintenance support contracts to suit all pockets.

Recently a long-standing client contacted us for help in opening up his pool before the summer season. For several years, we have helped him to open and close his pool and assisted with occasional ‘trouble-shooting’. However, the client was not aware of the more extensive services we provide – which will save all our clients time and money in the long-term by keeping a pool properly maintained, with the right balance of chemicals and also potentially reduce other common pool problems before they become more serious.

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3 Questions to ask before you choose your pool maintenance company

Created: Friday, 08 February 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

If you are considering hiring a company to look after your swimming pool this season there are a few questions you need to ask. A swimming pool is very much the heart of the home in the summer, so who you choose is important.

Maybe you have recently bought a holiday home or have made a permanent move to France; or you simply wish to spend more time on other projects rather than carrying out repairs or maintenance.

Here are three suggested questions:

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How to enjoy a stress-free pool this summer season

Created: Sunday, 27 January 2019 Written by Mark Jansen

Happy New Year!

We hope that had a great festive season and are now looking forward to the hotter and sunnier days to come later this year.

A crystal clear, sparkly clean swimming pool is something we all want to have and enjoy – all year round. However, cleaning a pool is not always fun – and someone has to do it! Occasionally there may be problems; perhaps the pH levels are too high; the filters have become blocked or you discover the day before a guest arrives that you have a green pool….

Maybe you have recently bought your new French home and are frustrated in not being able to find a person who really understands how to properly look after a pool. Alternatively you simply want peace of mind that someone with the experience or expertise will solve the problem quickly and efficiently. If you have also owned a gite with a pool, these difficulties can be a real additional hassle you do not need when you are trying to run your business.

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What clients say

Rob & Marion Guthrie
We have been working with Mark for nearly five years now and have the utmost faith in his capabilities. He is trustworthy, proactive, self motivated about his business. Living on the other side of the world, we were recently unable to visit our house for three years, yet we knew it was in the capable hands of Mark. He kept an eye on everything and if there was ever a problem, he would email us straight away explaining the problem, attaching photos if necessary and a quote to fix it. This made the entire process simple and we knew that Mark would ensure that the job was well done. After three years away, we returned to our home and were delighted to see it had been perfectly maintained – thanks entirely to Mark. We have no hesitation in recommending the services of Jansen Entretien.

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