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How to quickly prepare for moving to Paris from abroad?

How to quickly prepare your moving to Paris from abroad?


Moving into a new home requires a lot of preparation, and it is even more so if you come from abroad. Are you planning to work in Paris soon? In this article, you will find everything you need to know about moving to Paris while respecting the environment successfully.


Renting a furnished apartment in Paris


Opting for a furnished rental is undoubtedly the best choice you can make as an expatriate. It prevents having to transport your furniture or buy new ones. In both cases, it is more ecological and less complicated. Here's a reminder of what you'll need to rent an apartment in Paris.


1. What documents are needed?


Several documents are necessary to obtain a rental contract:

  • Proof of identity, passport, or residence permit.
  • Evidence of professional activity, such as an employment contract or a "Kbis extract" for a company.
  • Proof of current accommodation' address, like an electricity bill or a rent receipt.
  • Justification of financial resources, such as your latest payslips and your tax notice. 

If you come to France to work, your company may provide you with accommodation through a corporate lease. Corporate apartments are very advantageous since your company will be dealing with the landlord.


2. What guarantees do you need?


To rent a furnished apartment in Paris, you need a guarantor. A guarantor is a person who agrees to settle the tenant's debts if the latter is unable to pay his rent. If you move into a flat with a corporate lease, there is no need for a personal guarantor since your company will vouch for you. 

A security deposit is required upon signing the lease to cover any repair or unpaid bills. The deposit usually amounts to two months' rent for furnished rentals and corporate leases.


Steps to remember when moving to Paris from abroad


1. Administrative procedures


When planning to emigrate to a foreign country, it is essential to be all square from an administration point of view. Ensure that your identity document is up to date and valid until the end of your stay in France. Be aware of entry conditions on the French territory and have all documents required ready. It is best to keep everything in one folder and make copies (preferably in digital format to avoid waste). If you are coming to Paris to work, your company will probably take care of the details for you. Before you leave, remember to notify your contacts of your change of address and have your mail forwarded to your new accommodation in Paris.


2. Carrying your belongings


Even if you move into a furnished rental, you will bring some belongings with you. So plan ahead what you'd like to take with you and try to limit the trips between Paris and your departure city. If you have an automobile, avoid having it transported to France. The planet and your wallet will thank you! If you work in Paris, there are many more practical and greener means of transport than the car to get around (métro, bus, tramway). In general, it may also be worth selling or renting goods that you won't need in France. It's an excellent way to amortize the cost of your move and increase your budget to discover Paris!


3. Taking out subscriptions


When moving in, you'll need to subscribe to utility contracts. The most important is undoubtedly the electricity contract to be taken out at least two weeks before the D-day. If you forget this step, you will have to wait several days before having access to electricity. For more ecological consumption, do not hesitate to subscribe to a green offer; it is an excellent way to support renewable energies. Then there is the internet contract which is essential today, even more so if you do not yet have a SIM card for your mobile upon arriving in France. Finally, you will need a gas contract for a home heated with gas, a water contract, and a home insurance contract


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