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My family and I want to move to France, its been a desire of ours for many years and now feels like as good a time as any.

My husband is a plasterer for the past 20years and has specialised in traditional lime plastering for the renovation/restoration of older buildings, he will register for a Sirat and I wondered if you thought he'd have enough work to keep him busy and what his earning potential might be.

Is there anywhere in particular that we should be looking at in terms of volume of work, we rather liked the Dordogne region but are open to whatever will give us the earnings we need to live comfortably and yet give him the option to not have to work as hard as he has been.

Any and all comments are welcome, Thank you.
 

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I have no idea what plasterers charge here in France, or even how much they are used. But one factor to consider is that the French can be very slow to change habits or to take on a newcomer as a local artisan.

The big question is: how well does your husband speak French? It's doubtful he'd be able to support the family if he is dependent on solely the anglophone expat population in an area. He may also want to consider hooking up with one or more of the general construction companies in the area - so that they'll call him in on their jobs that call for plaster work.

Next time you're visiting in France, he may want to try contacting a couple construction companies to see if they'll talk to him about what they do and don't need.
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I have no idea what plasterers charge here in France, or even how much they are used. But one factor to consider is that the French can be very slow to change habits or to take on a newcomer as a local artisan.

The big question is: how well does your husband speak French? It's doubtful he'd be able to support the family if he is dependent on solely the anglophone expat population in an area. He may also want to consider hooking up with one or more of the general construction companies in the area - so that they'll call him in on their jobs that call for plaster work.

Next time you're visiting in France, he may want to try contacting a couple construction companies to see if they'll talk to him about what they do and don't need.
Cheers,
Bev
Bev, thank you for your response. I've emailed dozens on construction companies but heard no reply, i wonder do you think that it may be because they are still on holidays?
 

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Bev, thank you for your response. I've emailed dozens on construction companies but heard no reply, i wonder do you think that it may be because they are still on holidays?
Things are still pretty slow around here - and our neighbor who IS in construction hasn't gotten back from his holidays yet. So you still could hear something after the first week or so in September.

But small businesses here in France often aren't terribly attuned to queries by e-mail. Nor to giving out information about their business to strangers. You might get a better response dealing face to face, if you can.
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Hi bev

My family are also hopeing to move to that area and i am alo a plasterer as well as level2 plumber and part p electrician. It seems we are in the same boat, This is my main worry about moving to france but from what i have been told the best bet is to rent there for 6 months and just give it a try. Bit daunting but we really want to give it a try so too. I hope you have some luck
 
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