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  1. A leaflet has fallen out of today's Times offering reduced fares on Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth and Poole, including peak dates! 29/05-04/07 £70 up to 5 days, £115 over 5 days; 05/07-26/08 £89 and £145 respectively - car and two adults. Conditions apply and subject to to availability of course... brittanyferries.com/summerfares for anyone who is interested
  2. Thanks to all for your replies - I might try ringing the bank first ('cos it's CA Britline) to ask if we can endorse the cheque on the back as used to be possible in the UK - if not, I'll go back down the notaire route, albeit probably more ponderous!
  3. Current rules in UK mean that a cheque made out in joint names cannot be paid into the account of one or other of the parties (or so I understand). We have received a rebate (yippee!) from the notaire on the purchase of our house in France (which is in joint names) but the French bank account is in my name only. Is there any way round paying this in to the existing French account (i.e. does the same rule apply Europe-wide)? Otherwise, looks as if it will have to be paid in to our UK account with consequent fee for the privilege! Only other possibility seems to be to change the French account to joint names by providing all the necessary dreary paperwork.
  4. Thanks roseysan for the info on Afford - too far away unfortunately but the price guideline is very helpful.
  5. After some follow-up research on your earlier post, Will, mentioning your first yellow van, you may be amused to know that I've found a company with various branches (two in Portsmouth) that quotes £121 from Wednesday evening to first thing Sunday morning for a Luton-type van - so far so good - price sounds excellent. Their name? Yellohire!! Um...
  6. Sorry - that should have been 'Finding/Owning French Property', and the subject is 'Move it or buy a new lot', with 42 posts.
  7. Thanks again Will - we used to live very near Ewhurst and are only about 45 minutes further away now so that could prove very useful. This thread links well to a current item on the 'Buying a property' forum about buying new or taking things over from the UK. Naturally, opinions differ...!
  8. Thanks Will - as usual, very sound advice! I'd be grateful to know which the companies are that will hire a van with no objection about it going to France and back, as they'd almost certainly not be too far from us. I may yet be scouring the 'For Sale' section in the West Sussex Gazette too... I'm sure the van and driver set-up is good for those making a full move but I'm not sure it's economic for small fry!
  9. Did some follow-up on my last post: thought the results might be useful to others. I asked One-Way-Hire for a quote from a short way out of Portsmouth to an hour's journey into Normandy, for the smallest group size van (prices from £165-185 as the starting point). Total cost would be approx £800 to include ferry and petrol. Quote arrived efficiently within a few hours of request. As I don't have too much stuff I shall probably take it over gradually myself but the info may help others with their calculations.
  10. This may seem a daft question but I've just checked out the One-Way-Hire site, which looks very interesting. However, there is no indication of quite what their price includes. Obviously the 'from' price differs depending on where you are going but does anyone know whether they then factor in the ferry costs for a final quote, or does the hirer have to arrange this on top of the van hire? If anyone knows, that would be great; if not I'll contact them and ask my daft question direct!
  11. J.R. - you're a star! Thanks a bunch for taking the time to post all that useful info - I shall look in some trepidation when I go over to France in a couple of weeks but maybe my mind will be put at rest right away, which would be great. So glad to hear you passed your consuel inspection - well done - I bet you're feeling pretty pleased with yourself today. I'd love to have seen the inspector's face when you showed him the electrics in your temporary accommodation - I bet he was relieved when he moved on to the flat!! I'll post again when I return from France and hope to confirm a happy ending to this tale. Meanwhile, I'm sure the info you've given me will help other forum members too.
  12. Thanks, J.R., for your very useful posts. I guess my worries arise from the fact that the previous owner had assured both me and the estate agent that he would bring proof of conformity to the signing of the acte authentique, and he then arrived without it. Admittedly he appears to have left it all till the last minute but whether this was by accident or on purpose I shall never know! Hence he aroused my suspicions. If you could, as you offered, post a few obvious things to check to see if the electrician may have done things contrary to regulations to save money, that would be great. The info you asked for is as follows: the house was rewired this year, the habitable surface area is between 35 and 100 square metres, and currently there is no electric heating. Many thanks to you and the others who have taken the time to post replies to my query - it's great to know there are folks out there who are willing to help.
  13. Thanks, Val, for the reassurance that the inspector won't rip the place apart! The answer to Nick's question is that, as I understand it, because the place was rewired by a Brit rather than a French artisan, I need to be sure that the work complies as I don't have any certification at all, and I gather that if I can't produce some proof that it is up to standard my house insurance will be invalidated if there is ever any need to make a clairm - which I hope won't occur, obviously! Maybe it would be enough for an electrician to test the system - but presumably I still wouldn't receive any paperwork for future reference (hence my point about the house insurance)?
  14. J.R. - or whoever else - have had a quick check on the Internet to investigate equipotential bonding ... so how's the Inspector going to check on this without ripping out the newly plasterboarded and plastered walls? I hope I'm missing something here!!
  15. Thanks, J.R., that's tremendously helpful. My main concern is of course safety but I also want to know that the house insurance would not be invalidated in case of any claim (heaven forbid!). I don't know either, Poppy, what equipotential bonding is - but I have a feeling I'm about to find out!!
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