Moving to France can be an exciting time, you may already be imagining the new life you will have in this new country! It also happens to be just a short hop across the English Channel, so it is the easiest country to move to as well! If you are thinking about making the move to France, we’ve come up with a list of 4 useful tips, so that your move goes as smoothly as possible…
Do your research
France as a country, a lot bigger than the UK, and you may be surprised by how far apart some of the regions are. You might prefer the hustle and bustle of city life in Paris, or maybe you want a peaceful life in the idyllic Loire? Do you want to have easy access to beautiful beaches in the south, or do you prefer the rugged coastline of Brittany? Don’t just decide on the first place you see – regardless of how much you enjoyed it when you went there on holiday – but instead take the chance to explore the rest of the country first, before making a decision. That way you can be sure that you’ve picked the spot that’s perfectly suited to you!
Learn the Language
Many people moving to France make the massive mistake of only learning the language once they arrive on French shores. The fact is this though: if you do this, your first couple of years will be spent conversing with people using hand gestures and broken dialect. Instead, get lessons now, before you move. This will help massively when you arrive, plus you won’t look like an arrogant Englishman who expects everyone to speak their language. This is especially true if moving to a more rural area, where the only language people speak is French.
Understand the Systems
In France, while they have much the same levels of basic services, they often operate differently. For example, they have universal healthcare, however you often have to pay up-front before being reimbursed (get insurance to cover this). If you don’t understand the most vital aspects of how French society works from the moment you arrive, you are not going to know what to do in the event of a problem. There are various websites out there explaining things like French healthcare, schooling and taxation, so read them carefully!
Hire a Reputable Removal Company
It is vital that you hire a removal company that specialises in international removals, as they are more complex than domestic ones. What’s more, the distances are much further, therefore you need to hire a company you can trust with your belongings over thousands of miles. Here at Burke Bros, we have the experience and know-how to help you move to any part of France – we’ve done it so many times, we’ve got the logistics down to a fine art. By letting a removal company do the work, you can relax and enjoy the journey to your new home.
If you are looking for removals to France, please give us a call today on 01902 714555 to discuss your exciting move. We can provide practical advice on most aspects of relocation, and also arrange for a free moving quote for you if needed.