My top tips

If you’re likely to spend a lot of time alone in your new French home:

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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!

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