Posted on 30 June 2017
Anyone serious about snow sports will countdown the days between the dreaded melt and the first dump of the following season. But how are you going to kill time during this seemingly endless sun-drenched period? Life is such a chore! If you’re planning on buying a ski retreat in your favourite resort, the summer months are a great time to head over for a viewing trip. Here are a few reasons why you should look for property while your skis gather dust.
Check the summer rental potential
You probably won’t have any trouble renting out your property during winter, but what about the summer months? Rather than leaving it dormant while you continue to pay the mortgage and bills, why not be savvy and rent it out before the ski season kicks off again? This way it could end up paying for itself. Only by heading out to your chosen resort between May and September will you be able to truly gauge whether or not the local area and property you have your eye on will attract visitors when the temperatures soar. Chamonix is a prime example of a resort with dual seasonality.
Make a holiday out of it
You don’t have to be hurtling down a mountain in January with skis or a snowboard strapped to your feet to enjoy the Alps. When the landscape turns green, flowers bloom and snow turns to rushing streams, the French Alps are a sight to behold. So why not treat it as a holiday with the excitement of checking out some properties with potential thrown in? Plus when you’re not viewing chalets or apartments there’s a host of activities that can fill the skiing void, from mountain biking, parasailing and white-water rafting, to hiking and rock-climbing – the lifts don’t stop ferrying visitors up and down the mountains just because the snow has melted.
Make an offer
Unlike the typical summer destinations on the Mediterranean coast where the sangria is flowing and the property market is in full swing, the French Alps experience a more sedate pace of life at this time of year. When it comes to making an offer on your dream home, you might be in a good position to negotiate a price well within your budget during this seasonally slow period for local estate agents.
For a step-by-step guide to buying a property in France, download the France Buying Guide by clicking here.