Make sense of ... building a new home in France

It may seem daunting but having your own home built for you from scratch in France is a realistic alternative to buying an existing property

Thousands of people build their own homes every year in France – here are some key steps to bear in mind.

First, you need to budget wide, accounting for the land, the work of the professionals and utility connection costs among many smaller elements. No VAT should be payable by a member of the public buying building land, though there is stamp duty and the construction of a home is subject to VAT at 20%.

If you have not owned your own home in the last two years, it may be possible to obtain a means-tested interest-free loan for part of the costs as
long as the house will be your main home.

Means test ceilings vary, depending on ...

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