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Moving To France And A New Way Of Life

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.

European Removal Experts won’t expect you to do any work for them once they have handled your move, but you can expect a great service at competitive prices, so have a look at our home page and see what we can do for you!

Thinking of Moving to France

Thousands of British people have moved for a new life in Europe over the last twenty years or so, and if you are thinking of starting a new life in the sun, you may be considering moving to France. As anyone who has been there will tell you, France is a country which offers you everything from fantastic weather in the south to gorgeous scenery in the Alps and Pyrenees, as well as other regions such as Provence or Limousine.

One of the reasons why relocating to France to start a new life has become so popular can be directly attributed to the author Peter Mayall, who wrote A Year in Provence in the late eighties. This was an account of his life with his family when they moved to the region and proved to be a best seller, as did the follow up book Tojours Provence, which was published three years later. Mayall’s story of his idyllic lifestyle was so alluring that thousands of Brits decided to sell up and live the dream themselves. If you are thinking of moving to rural France, there is something you should be aware of.

For example, you may find that if you are working on your new home, your neighbours will turn up and offer to help you. This is great on one level, but be aware that they will expect the favour returned when they need some help on their property. As long as you bear this in mind, moving to France should be a great experience for you and your family.

Buying a House in France

Prior to moving to France it goes without saying that you’ll need a place to live. However, especially for a non-French speaker, getting on the Gallic property ladder can be a very difficult ask, and can involve reams of legislation. Nevertheless, with a bit of common sense and some quality time spent planning, moving to France can be as easy as un deux trio.

First of you’ll need to know where to look for properties, and this was once a fairly difficult and would involve a lot of foreign country and language research – and a heavy load at that. Luckily, however, today we have the internet; which is bursting with foreign properties just waiting to be snapped up for people relocating to France.

Once you’ve arranged to see a home, you’ll need to ensure its up to scratch. Remember – buying a property can be very exciting, so don’t let your eagerness or get the better of you and always buy to the same standard as you would in the UK. Also, if you’re moving to France on a permanent basis or moving to France on a seasonal basis, you will be looking for different characteristics. For example, if you are looking for permanent home, you need to ensure that it it well-equipped to endure the winter.

If you are relocating to France in particular, be prepared for some hefty legislature. You will most likely need advocates, due to the fact that the French government is basically a legislature-based government. With the amount of legislature involved, if you don’t know how to speak French then the entire transition can be difficult, and you will probably end up hiring an interpreter.

For all of the technicalities involved with moving to France to be handled in the most simplistic way possible, contact European Removal Experts’s removal service today for great prices that don’t compromise on a quality service.

Moving To France European Removal Experts Can Help

Moving home is always a stressful experience, even if you are just moving across town to your new house. So imagine the stress involved when you are planning to move from the UK to a new home in Europe? If you are moving to France or  moving to Germany you will have already given a lot of thought about the best way to transport your furniture and other items from your home, and you’ll know that planning a move like this is fraught with difficulties. This is where European Removal Experts come in. They are a London based removals company who offer every kind of removals service including transporting your furniture and belongings to any address in Europe.

But you don’t have to be planning on moving to France or moving to Belgium to use their services. As well as helping people who are moving to Switzerland or moving to Holland, European Removal Experts also offer a wide range of services tailored to suit you, whatever move you are planning. They have vehicles running every day which provide door to door services all over the UK, including Scotland and Ireland.

Their removal vehicles are fully insured and have cubic capacities of either 15m or 30m, depending on how much furniture you need to transport. If you just want a few items moving which you can’t handle yourself, European Removal Experts can help you as they offer a service which transports part loads and even single items to all areas of Europe. So whatever you are planning, if you are relocating to France or moving to Switzerland, or just moving to a new address in the UK, European Removal Experts are here to help you.

Moving to France – Things You Don’t Need

Moving to France can be a great change of scenery, however despite the relative ease of moving to another EU country it can still be a very daunting experience. There might be a temptation to take all of your home comforts when you move, however this – depending on what your planning on taking of course – could be a mistake.

So what kinds of things will your definitely not need?

Well considering that France is an highly developed nation you don’t technically need anything, however some things just wont work; for example, certain fittings such as door knobs will be different in France than they are in the UK; therefore, especially if your going over to France to renovate, this could cause an issue.

Electrical goods will also cause a potential issue, and, for example, PAL televisions will only work in monochrome. Also, any electrical items will require an adaptor to work in the plug, and some might not work altogether due to the different voltage. The best advice, when it comes to white goods and electrical items would be to buy them in France, as this will on the one hand ensure that they function, whilst on the other hand save you on removal costs when moving to France.

Whilst some of your UK items aren’t going to work in France, surely one of the best things about moving to France is that you get to try new things, and therefore if you are pining for your home comforts, just think of all that fine wine and cheese!

Let Someone Else Help You When Moving to France

It doesn’t matter where you’re based in the UK, if your immediate or possible future plans are for relocating to France then this can cause untold pressure on yourself as all of your possessions are transported over what will be several hundred miles. Cutting out this stress and pressure is just a step away for we have extensive experience of how to help people just like you. If you believe your query is too troublesome to answer, we do not as every effort will be made to make you moving to France as painless and as enjoyable as possible.

Depending on the number of items in your possession, the size of the van or vehicles required for if you’re relocating to Paris or any other area in this picturesque country differs. The vans used allows for a dedicated service to be provided as this will be taken into consideration long before the vans actually arrive when the move is to take place. For multiple furniture removals to France, a larger van would be required as this means that more space can then be provided.

Van service is not sporadic too as a steady stream of traffic from our vans is supplied and this means that we are not stuck to helping your relocation on one particular day but we can provide several convenient options.

For all relocation requirements to any area in France, our highly professional and customer-focused service is more than ready to be provided which results in a positive experience for all.

European Property Renovation – Things to Consider

Despite the effects of the recession, European property renovation is still a viable way to facilitate a move to another country in Europe – and not only is it a great excuse for e.g. Moving to Belgium or moving to France, but it can be a lot of fun too.

Some places in Europe will be better destinations for a property renovation project than others; for example, the reason why when we think of European property renovations we think of France, and that is because, uniquely, France has an abundance of old “character” properties just waiting to be snapped up by eager Brits relocating to France.

With the French experience in mind then, is European property renovation a good idea? Well this demands squarely on your own commitment to moving to France to live in a renovated property. As quite simply, renovation will always be a real challenge despite the abundance of suitable properties throughout Europe.

There are many things that will make a renovation project difficult – from the red tape that is common in a country like France in particular, and of course the language barrier. However all these problems can easily be surmounted and if you are able to foster a genuinely good relationship with builders (or masons) etc, then you really do have a real shot at building a dream home.

Whatever your reasons for moving to France or anywhere in Europe, whether it’s for property renovation or otherwise, with European Removal Experts we like to think that we take all the hassle out of moving day.

Finding a French Property

If you are planning on moving to France then the biggest challenge will be to find a property; unfortunately France is a very “document heavy” society and therefore there can be a lot of leg-work before you close the deal; this however, is a little ahead of ourselves! And before you buy a property, quite obviously your going to need to find a property.

The first question your going to need to ask yourself is “why are you moving to France in the first place?” The answer to which will determine the kind of property that will be most suitable to your needs; for example, do you plan on living in France for a certain number of months of the year or are looking for a permanent residence?

Of course, your perfect property will be a matter of personal taste, however as a general rule a pied-à-terre (literally meaning foot on the ground) – which is a small place – will be perfectly suited as a temporary or “short-term” residence.

Also, if you are moving to France on a temporary rather than permanent basis, then it is likely that you will be in France for the warmer months, and therefore issues like insulation and heating costs may not be as permanent than if you were moving to France permanently.

Remember, France is a lot bigger than the UK, so moving to France will be markedly different depending on exactly where you plan on moving, for example a move to Paris will have its own challenges, in terms, for example, parking.

Don’t Go Hungry If You Are Moving To France

It’s a sign of the modern times we live in. Take a walk down any high street in the UK today, and you will see shops catering for the people who have moved to Britain from all over the globe. But this phenomena is not restricted to our shores. If you are planning on moving to France, you can be sure that there will be shops there catering for the thousands of Britons who have decided that moving to France is for them. But before you get too excited about the possibility of being able to buy your favourite foods, its worth pointing out that in some rural areas of the country, you will be hard pushed to find English food.

Many large supermarkets in France stock a range of international products which should mean you will find old favourites like baked beans, Marmite, Typhoo tea bags and HP sauce on the UK shelf. There is one thing to bear in mind if you are moving to France and want to keep in touch with your British taste buds. While you may not mind shelling out fifteen Euros for a Christmas pudding once a year, the everyday items you may be missing are also very expensive. Even in the largest hypermarkets, a small jar of Marmite can cost €5 while a tin of baked beans will set you back €3. And if you want the right bread for your beans on toast, you can imagine the cost!

Moving to Europe

If you are moving from Britain to another country in Europe due to your work or to a new life in retirement, you will want to make sure your furniture and other household items are transported safely and securely by a company experienced in this line of work.

Here at European Removal Experts we have years of experience when it comes to helping people who are moving to France, moving to Germany or moving to Holland. In fact, it doesn’t matter where in Europe you are planning to move to because the staff and management at European Removal Experts have helped people move from the UK to most countries on the continent.

We are a London based removals company which provides everything from European removals, student removals and home removals in the UK itself.

Moving home is always a stressful experience, and if you are moving to France or moving to Holland the stress levels are bound to be increased. So let us take some of the strain out of your life when you are moving to France. We will take care of every aspect of the move, leaving you to concentrate on other important issues which are sure to arise when you are moving to France or moving to Germany.

All of our removals vehicles are fully insured, and have a cubic capacity of either 15 metres or 30 metres, depending on how much furniture you have to take with you when you are relocating to France. And to make sure you have complete peace of mind, all our house removals are covered with a goods-in-transit insurance of up to £10,000!