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A Guide for Brits moving to France

Updated on April 21, 2011

Literally thousands of Britons make the move to France every year, they are attracted by the warmer climate, rich cultural background and varied landscape. If you are thinking of moving to France, there are a few things that you will need to know before you book your man and van removal company, here are a few pointers;

Your departure

As France is only a relatively short distance away, your move should be fairly straight-forward. However, if you do have a lot of possessions and/or furniture, make sure that you book a removal firm that has a large enough van or trailer. Go Man and Van perform regular moves to and from France. They are also able to cater for larger moves with the use of trailers, so give them a call today to discuss your removal requirements.

Your new home

Perhaps the biggest decision you will need to make if you are planning a move to France, is finding out where you would like to live. There are now thousands of websites specialising in overseas properties, so take some time to investigate your options fully. The process of buying a home in France is slightly different to that in the UK, and it can take much longer - up to five months in many cases, so allow enough time to find a home and exchange contracts. Costs are also important – you can expect to pay up to 12% of your property's value in fees and taxes.


If you are still earning money from activities in the UK while you are living in France, for example; rental income from property, you may still be liable to pay income tax on those earnings. Also, French inheritance tax laws are very different to our own, so it’s worth reading up on your potential liabilities. If in doubt, contact HM Revenue & Customs to check your tax liabilities.


The criteria in place for joining the French healthcare system has changed somewhat recently. Because of this, you may have to pay for private medical insurance for the first five years of your stay in France, if you are not working. The conditions do vary though, especially if you are retired, so check your options before planning your house move.

Leaving the UK

You will need to contact The Pension Service for a state pension forecast and HM Revenue & Customs to ensure that you are not liable to pay tax before you leave the UK or while you are in France. You will also need to contact your GP and the Post Office, to redirect any mail.

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So, once you have checked the finer details, and area ready to move to France, it’s time to book your man and van removal company!


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