Buying a house in France: everything you need to know in one place

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Buying a house in France

Planning your move

As the number of house buyers looking at France seems once more to be on the increase, we’re starting a little series today which will take you through all the steps from when you first have the idea of moving to France or just buying a Summer home here to settling in. These

Over the course of our little series, we’ll cover all aspects of buying a house in France in enough detail to let you do it with the least amount of hassle. If you’ve already started you can skip a few chapters so to speak by consulting our Moving to France guide and if you’re even further ahead and beginning to settle in our Living in France guide. If you need any services, try our ex-pat services directory; it may be smaller than yahoo but it’s a lot easier to find the services that you’ll require in it.

So, once you’ve decided that you’d like to buy a house in France, where do you start?

Buying a house in France or any country other than your own is a major undertaking and you should never underestimate the amount of work that it will involve. Not only is the language different but the processes that you need to go through are different from those in your own country. Moreover, if you are intending to live full-time in the house then you’ll need to organise moving your furniture from one country to another which is never cheap. That’s before you even consider that chances are you’re moving from somewhere in a town or city to somewhere in a country and even doing that in your own country can be a bit of a culture shock before you start adding in the complications of a new language, culture, social security systems and the like.

With so many things to consider you might be thinking that it’s an impossible task. It’s not, but you do need to put a fair amount of effort into the planning of your move if you want it to be a success and that’s where this series will help you as it will cover all aspects of buying a house in France over the course of the next few months but in bite-size chunks so that you’re not overwhelmed by it.

Planning your move is very much key to a successful move to France. To do this you will need to sit down and sketch out all the things that you need to do and when they need to be done. The list will be very long, but don’t worry about that, just try to make sure that everything that needs to be done is on the list and it will all work out in the end.

Anyway, that’s probably enough of an introduction for now. Over the coming weeks, we hope to provide you with information on everything that you need to know in order to plan your house purchase in France.



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