WITH the excitement of completing on your new home comes a whole new set of challenges.
There are the services to get hooked up, internet connection to sort out and things like how the septic tank works - you can't tackle them all in a couple of days so some planning is required.
Contacting France Telecom's English helpline
There is an English language helpline but unfortunately the service is not always answered.
Broadband access in France
One of the key things people want to install is access to the web, here are some tips.
Electricity tariffs in France
If you use items that require larger amounts of electricity at certain times of the night you can save.
The cost of living in France
One of the things that is difficult to work out is how far your income, which may be lower than you are used to, is likely to stretch.
Insuring your property or home
It is a legal requirement to insure a vehicle, your home, yourself for civil liability and school children.
Keeping la chasse off your land
It can come as a bit of a shock to see a hunter crossing your property with a gun slung over a shoulder.
Tips on using septic tanks in France
Still a common site in the countryside the fosse septique requires a little care and attention.
Waste water and sewage treatment in France
Used waste water cannot be discharged in France without appropriate treatment either via a private waste water treatment system or a municipal waste water plant.
Preparing your house for winter
Many people move to France for the sunshine, but heavy rain, strong winds and freezing temperatures can be experienced almost anywhere.
Natural risks for French communes
Information on natural risks such as avalanche, flooding and forest fire, as well as extensive lists of other websites if you require more detail.
Manuals and handbooks for French telephones
How to get hold of instruction booklets for France Telecom telephones.
Buying items from a French auction
Pick up a bit of a bargain for your French home by heading to the auction room.