Once you’ve picked a location, decided on an affordable budget and have a good idea of your financing plan, you can start searching for the perfect property.
For many buyers, location, atmosphere and access to good restaurants and leisure facilities are key.
With holiday homes in particular, you’ll want to consider security. A second home will often spend long stretches of time unoccupied, which can attract thieves. Choosing a property in a neighbourhood of year-round residents is one way to reduce your risk, since there is someone around to keep an eye out for trouble.
The garden is another point to consider. If you won’t be around every week in spring or summer, an untended garden could upset neighbours. You can hire gardeners to handle regular upkeep, but a property with low maintenance landscaping or a paved courtyard might be the better choice.