An enjoyable aspect of moving into your new Parisian pad is choosing the decor, but there are a few technical aspects to bear in mind before you begin.
Perhaps the most important thing to check is the state of the electrical system – paying attention to the grounding and the safety of the current system – or if you don’t feel confident yourself then get in a professional electrician to look at it. Be prepared to update the system if necessary, adding plugs and breakers as required.
Also, be aware of the heating system and its efficiency. Gas heating is generally best, but there are some new efficient electrical systems on the market. If your heat is “chauffage collectif” (central heating for the entire building), you may want to add a portable heater or two to “fill-in” on wintery days.
Subhead: Making changes
For those undertaking a renovation, it’s important not to tear down any walls without checking first that they are not supporting walls. Supporting walls cannot be tampered with unless you have express permission and this is when a licensed architect is required.
If you’re considering adding an extra toilet, try to place it near existing sewage pipes if that’s possible. If not, you may be required to use a “sani broyeur,” or electric toilet, which used to be a tad unreliable in the past. However, they have greatly improved over the years and are now quite common in Paris properties.
Finally, air conditioning is a feature that has become increasingly popular in recent years, but they are not always that simple to install. Our team can advise on which system will work best for you before forging ahead.