So you’re looking at moving to France from the UK? Or perhaps you need removals to France from elsewhere in Europe? Whether you’re moving to Paris or the Dordogne, the Champagne region or the Loire Valley, it’s a very beautiful place to head to – but there’s also plenty to consider…
1. Learn how to speak French
Although many people in France also speak English fluently, being able to speak French will help you go a long way – especially in some of the more rural areas or when communicating with the older generation. You’ll find you are able to learn a lot more about an area, become independent far quicker, find work much easier, and will strike up far more meaningful relationships if you are able to speak French.
Once you are living there and communicating regularly, you’ll be able to hone your skills and become fluent much quicker. However, when speaking with people in France, make sure you insist on speaking in French. Often if they notice you stumble or flounder on your grammar, they’ll quickly revert to speaking in English. This will never help you in the long run. Be polite in your persistence, but persevere.
2. Buy a breathalyser
France may be the home of many famous wines and vintages, but this also carries with it a lot of temptation. The French sell beautiful beverages, delicious cheeses, world-famous patisserie delicacies – no wonder the local police are suspicious that much of this may have been consumed with alcohol. By law you need to carry a breathalyser in France – it is part of a campaign to reduce drink driving, and if you don’t have a breathalyser in your car, you will be fined. This regulation can catch a lot of people out – so don’t be one of them.
3. Do your research
When looking to move to France, it is important that you do your research. From places to go to what visa you will need, how the local area operates to what jobs are available, the more you can find out ahead of time, the better equipped you will be. Try to leave any existing prejudices you may have to one side, otherwise, these could become self-fulfilling prophecies. Keep your eyes open to the many new opportunities that will be presenting themselves to you.
4. Open your taste-buds to new flavours
If you’re a particularly fussy eater with a penchant for British brands, be warned that not all of these items will be available in France. You will need to keep your eyes open for new tastes and be adventurous in what you pick up. It’s not all snails and frogs’ legs – but if you’re not sure, ask whoever is selling it for more information. They may also offer you the opportunity to take a bite and try before you buy.
Before you consider booking your removals to France or your removals to Paris, you will need to ensure all your documentation is in place. This includes having a passport that is in date, health insurance, a valid ID card and driver’s license, plus a visa and any job contracts. You’ll also need to ensure you have photocopies of everything, just in case something gets misplaced. There’s nothing worse than unnecessary delays, especially at time-critical points. If you can, make sure you also keep a copy of any pay slips, bank statements and tax returns. Who knows when you might need to provide proof of them… Ultimately, if you’re looking to work, you’ll need to have a work permit, so do your research on which type will be most valid for you during your time living in France.
6. Registering yourself
Regardless of what your intentions are when moving to France – either to work or retire – you’ll need to register with the French authorities once you have moved there within three months of arriving. This will also be part of your visa process. On occasion this can be a lengthy process, so if possible get started on this as early as you can. You may be required to have an interview and/or medical tests taken.
You may be looking to keep your bank accounts open in your home country, but it can also be very valuable to have a local account. This can help you avoid paying unnecessary transaction fees, and often businesses or landlords will prefer to work with you if you have a local account – especially for rent and wages. It can also be much easier for you if you have any problems as you are able to go into your local branch and withdraw money easily. You will need to check how money transfers work, and if you will need to pay any taxes. However, it’s a great idea to get set up with a French bank account. Before you move, start checking out which you prefer and which have the best interest rates or opening offers.
If you’re wondering how to move to France from UK without the stress, don’t fear. Contact us today and we’ll take care of shipping to France your belongings with great care and minimal fuss, leaving you to focus on your exciting new life ahead.