If you are considering buying carpets or flooring for your home in France, there are a number of important things to take into account when deciding which business to use. For example, all companies that state they are based in France must have a Siret number allowing them to trade within their specific field. The business owner will be affiliated to a Chambres de Metiers (Chamber of Trade) and will carry a Carte Professionnelle to identify his profession. It is also compulsory to have some form of public liability insurance in place – for example, in our case, we have to have full decennial insurance which includes public liability cover for the fitter’s who work in your house. Someone working in France who has a UK insurance policy is unlikely to be covered …..
So just why is this all so important?
Most importantly, for your peace of mind – customer consumer rights in France are very similar to the UK but the system is in place to protect work carried out in France by French businesses. And of course, there is the not the inconsequential matter, that to use an unregistered person or business is illegal for both the home owner and the person carrying out the work with possible severe consequences for both.
What should you do?
Ask to see the above documents – the official notification of a Siret number (if in doubt there are a couple of government websites you can check out – for example www.infogreffe.fr), the Carte Professionnelle and up to date insurance documents. Remember, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to check that a trades person is working legally!
Jon the Carpet Man has been working in France for 10 years, supplying quality materials from our mostly British manufacturers and fitting them in the best manner – over a good underlay and gripperods – by fully trained English fitters. All home visits are free and without obligation throughout France.
For a free measure up and no obligation quote, contact us on 05 55 73 63 16 or visit our website www.jon-thecarpetman.com for more information about the wide range of carpets and flooring.
Jon The Carpet Man: The best place to get carpets & flooring for your French home.