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I'm new and hoping to be received enthusiastically, but fully prepared to be shut down immediately for being dense instead..

I have tried searching, to link me to threads relevant to me, (if they exist) in order to begin interacting with other users, but alas I'm not having much success.

My primary aim here is looking to make contacts, aquaintenaces, friends generally in the area I am moving to, (the Maurienne Valley dept 73), and also in order to build up some contacts with tradesmen in the area for a renovation on a large house in the area later in the late summer / autumn.

I do apologise if this post is deemed unworthy, but wrapping up a life and contemplating one in a shell of a house, thousands of miles away, which involves expletive amounts of complicated and as yet potentially unspecified requirements is taxing me mentally and emotionally enough already, I don't seem to be able to unravel the mysteries of this forum.

I'm sure it is not so complicated after a while...

Thank you in advance to anyone who takes pity on me, I appreciate your compassion!

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Hi and welcome. It might be easier if you could tell us what town you'll be in (or what the closest big town is). There's no guarantee we'll have members in the forum who are living right in the area, but there is a good chance someone will have some knowledge of the area. From what I can tell from a quick look at the maps, you're in the far east of France between Grenoble and the Italian border.

Maybe you could tell us where you're coming from and what brings you to France. And then what sort of renovations you're contemplating for that "shell of a house" and we'll see what sort of help we can come up with.
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Dear Martina,

Wecome. No post is deemed unworthy(well maybe the odd one as you will soon see). But just to be clear, you have purchased a large house in the Savoie without much idea of the renovations that may be required, nor any idea of local tradespeople that can help?

That is not a good start......

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Hello Martina, welcome to our forum. I'm sure you will get lots of diverse comments.

Before making any comment, could you add a few details...that would help a great deal.

1. You are coming from the UK?

2. What level of French do you have?

3. Are you alone or accompanied?

4. Errr...err, at what stage of life are you? I think a student of 20 and a retiree at 65 may get different answers!

5. Have thought how you will spend your time in France when not renovating? That may help with meeting people.

6. Is the priority for "How to meet people?" Or how to find artisans, or how renovate a house?

With a bit more info I'm sure we can help. I can tell you now we have a dear, dear poster called Smeg ,he will say "don't do it"..he usually makes some valid points in his posts.

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Hello Martina, welcome to our forum. I'm sure you will get lots of diverse comments.

With a bit more info I'm sure we can help. I can tell you now we have a dear, dear poster called Smeg ,he will say "don't do it"..he usually makes some valid points in his posts.

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............................... I can tell you now we have a dear, dear poster called Smeg ,he will say "don't do it"..he usually makes some valid points in his posts.

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To be fair, he just wants to help others avoid the mistake he made

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Come on, chaps, don't be beastly to Smeggers. I just wanted to warn the original poster that Smeg might appear just a teeny weeny bit negative at times. Let's not turn into it a Smeg discussion, he may well burst into tears (again).

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Hi Martina
If you are wanting work done on "that shell of a house" the best thing is to ask around a few of the neighbours who is the best person to do the work - don't forget to ask several unrelated people so that you don't keep getting the same recommend who might be useless.
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Hi All

I don't even know if I am replying properly to you all, or if I should reply to each person separately, so sorry. (Any pointers welcome!).

I am not infact, a technophobe or anything, I'm just not au fait with this set up, I'll get there.

To answer your main questions:

"What town you'll be in (or what the closest big town is)."

Saint Andre nearest town is Modane, near Italian border in Savoie region.

"Where you're coming from and what brings you to France."

Moving from Poole in Dorset with my husband, we are both in our 40's, been talking / dreaming of moving to mountains for years and Brexit has forced our hand. Selling up. Husband has a lot of renovation skills and friends who will help out, but the Electrician is most important as it's the first imperitive step.

"What sort of renovations you're contemplating for that "shell of a house" "

Renovations to include, electrics, possibly some sort of new heating system (currently oil and we have no experience of that), plumbing, although no gas, redecoration, possible building works to extend / make garage, gardening, new bathrooms - some not existing yet, new kitchen. Not all at once there will be priorities and some work is for the future, as opposed to immediate.

"What level of French do you have?"

Basic and both studying currently.

"Have thought how you will spend your time in France when not renovating? That may help with meeting people."

We will ski and cycle and have money to live on, plus businesses in UK (I know complicated!), while we aim to offer accommodation to skiers and cyclists. We're aware that accommodation as an income can be a hard business and possibly unreliable, but we have other sources in the short term.

"Is the priority for "How to meet people?" Or how to find artisans, or how renovate a house?"

Very much both and hoping that using local people for the work might open doors. Also we hope to meet locals through skiing and cycling!

"With a bit more info I'm sure we can help. I can tell you now we have a dear, dear poster called Smeg ,he will say "don't do it"..he usually makes some valid points in his posts."

To be honest I expected more negativity than I have gotten so far, so I am already quids in! We really don't feel any indecision about this being the right thing for us, we both know it is what we want to do, I totally understand that it won't be easy, so appreciate where any warnings are coming from.

Thank you all so much for the interaction, for a start.

Martina

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Dear Martina,

Wecome. No post is deemed unworthy(well maybe the odd one as you will soon see). But just to be clear, you have purchased a large house in the Savoie without much idea of the renovations that may be required, nor any idea of local tradespeople that can help?

That is not a good start......
Hi!

Sorry my original post was not totally clear, we do have an idea what the renovations are, I've explained myself a bit better now in a reply.

I'm not feeling too bad about not knowing anyone, including tradesmen, in an area I am yet to move to, in another country. That's why I am undertaking some research, such as this, to try to get that info before we move later in a few months time.

Hope that helps explain.

I have learned my first "forum lesson" - be clearer!

Thanks Martina
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