Relocation Services in France

Moving country is never as straightforward as it seems, and relocation services can help smoothen an international move. Many times expats have additional needs such as finding an international school in France or starting up a business. As Valerie Aston of Start Business in France told us, many expats get ‘stuck’ with aspects of French bureaucracy or regulations and need rapid, tailored support. Having an expert take care of important tasks can help you make the most of integrating into your new life in France.


What does a relocation company do?

Relocation services cover every aspect of moving to France. Sometimes the process can begin before you even make your international move. For example, included in relocation services a company might offer an orientation service to get you acquainted with a new city before making a permanent move. They can inform you of top neighbourhoods as well as the best international schools in your chosen region of France.


But relocation services don’t stop there. As Valerie Aston of Start Business in France told us, she helps expats quickly register with French authorities and start a business or declare income in France. Relocation services can also help by acting as translators and guides, as well as everything from finding notaries, to real estate agents, lawyers, tax specialists, accountants and interpreters.


Other relocation companies can provide support for established or new expats living in France with legal support, searching for and buying a property, finding nannies or paediatricians, starting a business, filing tax returns, obtaining state or private healthcare, switching schools or finding specialised support for your child in France.


Finally, many relocation companies offer language lessons or cultural courses to prepare you for rapid integration. Moving to a new country like France can be an issue if you don’t speak French or don’t understand how things are done. These problems can be exacerbated in rural areas far from expat-friendly cities like Paris, Lyon, Nice or Toulouse.


For a list of the main cultural differences you may encounter in France, visit our MumAbroad Ultimate Guide to Moving to France.


How much do relocation services cost?

Relocation services are often more affordable than you imagine. As relocation experts can provide highly-tailored packages, knowing your needs and concerns can focus the job at hand and reduce overall costs. While you may be confident you can handle all the relocation troubles involved in Moving to France yourself, sometimes handing over to the experts can be the most efficient and ultimately economical thing to do.


Where should I look for a house in France?

When renting a property in France, classifieds websites like Le Bon Coin and Fusac are useful for finding listed properties, across some of the best places to live in France. Although most people arriving for the first time prefer to use a Rental Agency for long term rentals in France to help navigate the paperwork in a foreign language and simplify communication with their landlord if they do not speak French. If you are in need of a temporary housing solution, online booking platform Homelike offers furnished apartments, with a minimum rental period of just 1 month. For more advice on renting or buying a house visit our full guide to moving to France.