Looking At Moving To France & Require A Removals Company
Many people each year look for removals to France. There are many reasons why France is high on the list of the world’s best places to emigrate to. A warmer climate, a more relaxed way of life, the rich history and cuisine are just some of the reasons. It is also not too far from home and inexpensive flights can be purchased so you can return to the UK regularly.
White & Company are also proud winners of the British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition 2016 and finalists for 2017
It is said that one of the biggest barriers for those emigrating to France is the language. It is good advice to learn as much as you can as soon as you can. Enroll in French classes, which is also a good way to meet others who are new to the country. On a positive note, most locals can speak a reasonable degree of English.
Since France shares its borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Italy, it makes travelling further afield easily accessible. It is not surprising that so many people make the dram of owning a home in France a reality.
Property Prices & Removals France
Recently there has been a shift in trends when buying property is France. The past few years has indicated that buyers have had the upper hand with house values falling. However, last year property prices started to move upwards shifting the balance in favour of the sellers.
Regardless of the trends, property is still selling well in France, this coupled with borrowing rates at the lowest percentage in 70 years, means that the housing market is still very competitive. “Buy now” is what the experts are saying!
The process of buying and selling in France differs to that of the UK and it is always advisable to enlist the services of a good real estate agent, most of them can speak English. One thing to remember is that it is the buyer who pays the estate agents fees and not the seller. It is also worth remembering that the commission the agent will charge is also much higher than the UK, usually around 6-10% of the property value.
Most of the real estate agents in France will guide you through the whole process.
Of course it depends where you buy in France as to the property value. You will find that as with all cities, Paris will be much more expensive than smaller towns and villages. Whether you are looking to move Paris or to a relaxed home near the sea, you will certainly find something to suit your budget and taste in France.
Useful Websites When Purchasing Property and Removals France
Education & Removals France
If you live in France, you will find that French schooling is free and it is mandatory from the age of six to 16. The general education system is very good and it is said that it is one of the best in the world. Education differs from the UK and is split into stages. Your child’s academic level and grades will dictate which specialist streams they can follow in their final years at school.
The French government has proposed controversial educational reforms to the collége system (middle school for ages 11–15), to make it less elitist and give all pupils, whatever their background, the same educational opportunities.
There are a number if International Schools if you prefer, but there is a fee if you decide to send your child to one of them. Visit some of the Expat websites for more information regarding education in France:
Travel & Removals France
The advanced rail network has some of the fastest high-speed trains in the world, making traveling across the country very efficient. Most cities have a tram system making getting around easy and fast.
Most expats will have driven in France on their holidays, so will know what to expect before they make the move. All expats who are EU citizens can drive in France using their national driving license and since March 2013 all drivers must carry a breathalyzer in their vehicles.
Leisure & Removals France
There are so many wonderful places to visit and things to do in France. Be it Cosmopolitan cities with gourmet cuisine or quiet villages and areas of natural beauty.
A visit to Paris would not be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Museum Louvre. Le Mont Saint-Michel is one of Europe’s most unforgettable sights, set in the bay where Normandy and Brittany merge. It has steep winding cobbled streets lined with small cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.It has long bee a place of Christian pilgrimage and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Bordeaux region offers an excellent choice of wines, lots of historical sites to visit and some chic shopping too. The Auvergne region of France is nestled in beautiful forests and surrounded by volcanic mountains, making it a quiet and relaxing place to visit.
France has many famous coastal towns, such as St Tropez and Nice, which are perfect for spotting celebrities. The French Riviera on the Cote d’Azur has grown into the playground of the rich and famous.
Each Provence has something different to offer and something for everyone’s taste and budget.
About France & Removals France
France has much to offer – culture, climate, food and a higher quality of life. From bustling Paris to the French Riviera and the many town and villages in between, France offers a diversity of lifestyles, which can appeal to retirees, students, people with young families and people from all walks of life. Although English is widely spoken across France, it would be wise for anyone relocating to have some degree of proficiency in spoken French, even a simple ‘Bonjour’ or ‘Parlez-vous Anglais’ will be helpful.
France claims to be the fifth largest economy in the world, with expats accounting for 20 percent of the workforce in Paris. Expats are often attracted to the French work place, which offers a 35-hour working week, plenty of holiday allowance and early retirement packages.
Leisure Activities & Removals France
France has something for everyone. If you enjoy art, music, village-square markets, cafe terraces, small bistros with their plat du jour chalked on the board outside, whatever you are looking for, France can delivery it and much more!
Food is of huge importance and wine probably more so; chinking champagne flutes in Reims to enjoying the perfect bottle of Côtes du Rhône in Saint-Maurice-sur-Eygues, much time can be spent enjoying the culinary pleasures of this rich and varied country.
Once you have ticked off a visit to the Eiffel Tower, the royal Palace of Fontainebleau or Château de Fontainebleau and done some celebrity spotting on the French Riviera. You can take some time out to enjoy a road trip to Beaujolais or Burgundy, stock up on some excellent wine and enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Schools & Removals France
The education provision is of a very high standard in France. There is a range of very good schools to choose from, depending on the age of your child:
Nursery and primary schooling is divided into educational cycles (cycles pédagogiques). There are three cycles, each of three years’ duration, as follows:
1. Cycle des Apprentissages Premiers, this comprises of the three sections of nursery school from the age of three to six (les petits, les moyens and les grands).
2. Cycle des Apprentissages Fondamentaux, comprising the final year of nursery school and the first two years of primary school ( cours préparatoire/CP and cours élémentaire 1/CE1).
3. Cycle des Approfondissements, including the primary school years cours élémentaire 2/CE2, cours moyen 1/CM1 and cours moyen 2/CM2.
4. Secondary education is compulsory until the age of 16 and includes attendance at a collège until the age of 15.
5. The French Bachillerato is the post-16 stage of education, comparable to the A Levels/Higher (Scottish) in the UK.
See the web sites below for further education information: http://www.completefrance.com/living-in-france/real-life/how_to_move_to_france_with_children_1_3770887
Useful Tips and Removals France
1. Learn the language. Learning the “lingo” will enhance your experience. Going to the shops, at the doctor or dentist, when renting/buying a property, in a local restaurant/bar etc. are so much easier once you have mastered the language.
2. Rent before you buy. Once you have found where you think you want to settle, take a few months to `test drive’ the area to be sure that you can live there. Holidaying is not the same experience as living. Renting a property for at least 6 months will enable you to get a feel your chosen area.
3. Explore the area. When you have moved to an area, spend time getting to know your new area. Locate where your local supermarkets and shops are. Where are the best local restaurants/bars? What local services are available? Find out where your local doctor/dentist is located and nearest hospitals in case of emergencies.
4. Make an effort to find new friends. The fun part is establishing a social network. Don’t just rely on your partner or family. Immerse yourself in the French culture, mix and make friends with locals as well as other expats. Mixing with people will enrich your experience and help you have a fun and a successful future in France.
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Currency Conversion and Removals France
The official currency in France is the euro (€). One euro is divided into 100 cents. Most credit and debit cards are accepted in France and ATMs can easily be found across the country. There is a good selection of local and international banks and opening a bank account is a simple and straight forward process.
When moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with The FX Firm (foreign exchange company). Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account.
Our experienced staff will take care of your personal effects and help take the stress out of your move. Not only can White & Company offer a French removal service, we also cover all other countries in Europe and international destinations. As founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI we have successfully moved thousands of people all over the globe.
Whether you need to arrange monthly payments to service an overseas mortgage, or wish to protect yourself against exchange rate fluctuations and fix the rate for up to a year, we will be able to suggest the most suitable way to do so. Open your free, no obligation account in as long as it takes to stop for a coffee.
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