There are many reasons why British people are moving to France in greater numbers than ever before. The lure of a more relaxed lifestyle is perhaps the number one reason, but close behind would have to be the lower property prices, especially in the rural areas such as Limousin and Brittany.
If you have spent time in rural France, you may know there is a tradition where neighbours help each other out with major jobs on their houses, such as building an extension or re-roofing a property. This can come as a surprise if you are relocating to France and you haven’t had experience of this, so it’s worth knowing a bit about it. It works like this. Your neighbour will offer his time and expertise to help you carry out work on your home, and he won’t expect payment for the work, at least not in financial terms! When he has to carry out work on his home, you are expected to return the favour, and so it goes on throughout the community.
This ‘quid pro quo’ arrangement is just one aspect of how life can be very different to Britain, so if you are moving to France – or moving to Holland in a rural area – be prepared for your new neighbours offering to help with renovation work.
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