If you’re reading this then you’re probably
in the middle of dealing with a move to France. If you’re still at the
“thinking about it” stage, there are a few tips I can offer you:
Make sure there are no nagging doubts over
what you’re about to do. If you have any sort of inkling that doesn’t make
things feel right, then it might be time to go back to the drawing board. Too
many people make a decision like this because they’re dazzled by a new and more
improved climate, interesting places to see, and the promise of a new life.
These are all good reasons to move to
France, but I cannot stress enough that you should stick with your gut feeling.
Aside from how you feel about what you’re going to do, try to keep the following
- Does the area you’ve chosen
suit you? That is to say is there a school nearby (if you have children), is
there easy access to a doctor or the shops?
- Can you afford to live in
France? Make sure you weigh-up the cost of living there compared to where you
- Does the culture suit you? Life
in France is much more laid back than most people realise, even in the most
bustling of cities.
- Can you get work there if you
- Lastly, is it really what you
want for the rest of your life?
This seems like a lot of questions but
honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m not trying to put you off. I
happen to know that France is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe,
and contrary to popular belief the people are very welcoming (especially if you
immerse yourself in their way of life, and that does include the language).
For Those of You That Are Happy with Your
If you’ve already made your decision you
will of course, have answered all the questions above to your own satisfaction,
and the chances are that you’re about to take that all important step. However,
you’re at the next stage, and there are still some things to consider.
If you’ve already organised somewhere to
live then good for you however, for those of you that haven’t there are a couple
of points I would like to make.
If you intend to rent, it’s a good idea to
choose an agent that can help you. Don’t decide to do this privately unless
you’re a French national moving back to France, speak the language fluently, or
know the basics about housing laws.
When choosing an agent, it’s a good idea to
use a company that has offices in both France and the country you’re moving
from. This makes communication much easier, and if you’ve yet to learn French you’ll
have the benefit of a professional who is bi-lingual.
This is a bit trickier and again, you
should NEVER go it alone. Make sure you use reputable agents and definitely
have a lawyer who can speak both your own language and French.
Dealing with a move to France is stressful
as is any international move, but as long as you consider the points above,
things will run much more smoothly. If you’re a bit stuck on where to start, or
are in the middle of your move and have hit a brick wall, there are plenty of
companies out there that can help, just take a look at www.theroadahead.co.uk
They deal with everything from housing,
teaching you the language to educating you on the culture. The main thing is,
don’t be afraid to ask!