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Moving to France; Choosing a Location

Jun 02. 2017

Once you’ve made the decision to move to France, narrowing down to which area of the country you want to live can be difficult. After moving countless families and individuals to the continent, we’ve put together a few areas that you may like to consider when planning the move and which may help you decide on which areas of the country to focus on.

Many expats are drawn to France for more sun, however, there are a few factors to take into account. Research trends in the weather all year around as some areas of France are still plunged into heavy winters. It is worth researching the climate of the area you’re moving to quite closely as some areas have their own microclimate. If you do decide to head for the sun, think carefully about whether you will like hot temperatures all year round.

If you are making the move full time to France, but still intend on visiting the UK it may be worth factoring in travel times to and from the ferry ports and airports. Equally, if you are planning to rent out all or part of the property as holiday accommodation accessibility will be an important factor in choosing a location and property.

Whether you gravitate towards beaches, vineyards or want a rural retreat; research your surroundings closely and factor in the practicalities of living there on a day to day basis. Consider whether you will prefer having amenities on your doorstep or whether you really do prefer to live away from the hustle and bustle. For those who are more draw to the bright lights; Paris or Toulouse of course offer all the benefits of city living.
Many expats tend to move to market towns when they move to France; as it offers the feeling of a large village with the opportunities to be involved in a community.

Have a clear idea of a budget as this will greatly determine which areas of France to target and don’t forget to factor in the additional expenses of notaire and agency fees and the costs of removal if you are moving household effects with you.

For further information on removal services to France, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk.

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