My top tips
If you’re likely to spend a lot of time alone in your new French home:
Don’t be worried, and don’t let it put you off the move.
Consider your location carefully. Do you really want an isolated property with lots of land (remember our original wish list!)? When there’s a problem you might be glad to have a neighbour close by.
If you have an electric gate, make sure you know how to get past it when it stops working. Seriously though, power surges are common in France and we have had numerous power cuts. Make sure you are prepared ahead of time and know where the fuse box is, and that you have a good stock of torches and candles.
Get to know your neighbours and make sure that you have a few of their phone numbers saved, in case of emergencies. And be sure to invite them round for an apéritif, or two!