Things To Consider When Moving To France
Posted on 5th August 2021 at 13:08
If you are moving to France, no doubt many of your friends will say that it’s no big deal. After all, it’s only 20 miles across the Channel and you’re there. It’s not as if you are moving to Australia or something.
Your friends would be wrong. The only difference is the distance. In fact, moving to Australia is actually easier than moving to France because you don’t have to learn a new language! So, there is just as much to do when you are moving to France as there is to Australia.
Unless you are moving to France for a specific reason and going to a specific place – for instance, your employer needs you to move there – it is really worthwhile considering where within France you would like to be. After all, it is a big country – extending 598 miles north to south, and 590 east to west – so there is a lot to choose from. Each department in France has its’ own landscape, cuisine, and dialect, so it is a good idea to investigate thoroughly and check out the area you are considering.
The weather, too, can vary. In the Pyrenees there is plenty of snow in the winter, while in the south there is a Mediterranean climate. On the Atlantic coast the weather tends to be mild without any extreme hot or cold periods. Furthermore, in the south you have the Mistral which is a very cold wind which can blow sometimes for one or two days and at other times for a week, usually in winter or spring, but in fact can happen any time.
Most of us did French at school and probably can remember a little of it. However, if you are going to move there you really do need to brush up on it so that you can converse with the locals and do things such as read the road signs. If you are going to work there, you will have to speak French anyway.
Talking of work, following Brexit you need a Visa to work in France. If you are an employee, you need a Visa de Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour - Salarié. If you are setting up in business on your own, you need a Visa de Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour - Entrepreneur/Profession Libérale. You may also need a work permit, but if you are an employee, your employer will often sort this out for you. Note that, if you don’t have a job to go to, you should ensure that you have enough money to live on for six months or so while you settle down.
If you are buying a home, it is best to rent in the area first and look for properties locally, because those advertised for foreigners are often over-priced. You also need to remember that property in France is sold en l’etat – as is – so there is no comeback if you find defects after purchase. Property prices can vary enormously from an average €95,000 in Orne to €315,000 in Rhone. In Paris, you are looking at €10,200 per square metre!
When you are moving to France, at Movers International we can handle everything for you. We run a regular weekly service to France so if you only need to move a small amount, our removals to France, part loads service, will save you money as it can go on one of those. We also have the means to get a full house removal to France into those tiny villages with narrow streets: just let us know so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.
Whether you need a full house removal or our removals to France, part loads service, at Movers International we will make your move a breeze.
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