Logistics of move to France - advice please!
I'd be grateful for any advice that anyone could offer us on our forthcoming move to France:
Last year we put our house on the market to fund buying a house in France. The house sold after six weeks! Not for mega bucks I must say, as it needed loads doing to it, and we live in the North East of England, where house prices are nothing like other parts of the country. We hadn't moved for 30 years, and had expanded from a two-up, two-down terrace into the house next door, so had a lot of space. With a move to France planned, but not for another year for work reasons, we moved into a tiny cottage and have put lots of stuff in storage. With no mortgage previously, we are now paying out for rent and storage. So lots, of stress, and expenditure for the past year!
We have been looking seriously in France for a few years now (just during two-week holiday breaks), and had hoped to find something last September but unfortunately didn't. It was however useful in firming up where we do and don't want to live in the Limousin though.
So, now our move is imminent – we did hope to rent for a year, as advised on various forums, magazines, etc, but really can't afford to do that as what savings we have are whittling rapidly away.
And finally - my question for advice is: we plan to come on an intensive house search in May, and hope to find something fairly quickly. We'll need to find somewhere to stay in the Limousin, but all our furniture and possessions will need to be in storage here, so we'll have two lots of rental to pay for a little while anyway. We'll be buying in France for cash, so I think that will speed things up a bit (two months I've read between compromis de vente and acte de vente.
So, I'm wondering what other people's experience is – ie have you sold your house here before moving and had to store either here or in France? Has anyone shipped their 'stuff' out to France while waiting for a house purchase to go through? If so, where have they stored it, and what were the costs like?
With unlimited or more funds, the logistics wouldn't be so mind-boggling, so any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.