Hi Does anyone know where in Lyon I can hire a "carpet cleaner"--not sure what it's called here. Something to wash/vacuum a couch and rugs? Like this from Homebase in the UK: http://homebase.hirestation.co.uk/tool-hire/Cleaning%20Tools/Carpet%20Cleaners/040070/ All I can find is steam cleaners for doing walls and floors. Please let me know! Thanks.
Hello we're a family of 3 looking for a long term rental within 20 minutes of Bourgoin-Jallieu. We're looking for a house or apartment with a minimum of 2 bedrooms. We're moving to the area due to my husband's work and plan to be there for at least 2 years. Hoping to move late July early August. Maximum budget 600 euros per month. We're currently living in Pays de Loire. Thanks in advance.
We bought a wooden pantry cupboard from a flea market and didn't find any issues with the wood. But when we got it home, we noticed that the underside of the shelves were riddled with woodworm holes. We went to the hardware store and asked them what to do and they suggested Xylophene which we then used. We explained that it was for a pantry cupboard and they said it was fine. However, now I'm worried that we shouldn't put food back into the cupboard that's been treated with this! Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of this product? Please advise. Thanks!
URGENT / I am looking for a serious person and cat lover who would need a place to stay from April 11 to July 15 against the care of my cat, named: Gratton. All furnished (except TV) , wifi included , only 150 euros/month and a deposit but you must take care of my cat (I'll provide his food and everything else of course) City: Meyzieu Grand large , 2 min from shops, and the lake (beautiful sunsets there). Tramway T3 at 1.5kms to Lyon. Car parked in the street but safe. You can use my bike. Perfect for a temporary situation, very quiet area. Any question? please call Cecile at 06 58 78 19 91.
Hi, can anyone provide any advice in relation to the repair or replacment of my concrete water reservoir. My water is direct from a source and is then held in an old concrete reservoir. The reservoir leaks- it needs to be drained and resealed. Are there any rules in france in relation to this? Also anyone got any recomendatiosn for a company near Aubenas who would undertake the work. many thanks
We recently moved out of Lyon to near Bourgoin-Jallieu -- midway between Lyon and Grenoble. We want to renovate our kitchen and are looking for a company or artisan to help us. We don't want an Ikea style kitchen, we'd prefer something a bit more bespoke -- real wood, real stone etc. We're willing to do a lot of the work ourselves, but we trying to find somewhere we can get intersting furniture, tiles, fittings or a company that does bespoke work etc. Does anyone have any ideas or know of such places? Please let me know. Thanks.
Hi everyone, I'm moving to Lyon mid-August with my partner as I'm going to be studying there for a year. We are going over for a few days in a couple of weeks to look for an apartment to rent. I was wondering if anyone here could offer us any help with looking? Are there any particular areas/arondissements that are known to have particularly high crime rates? We are certainly not snobs and we have a limited budget but at the same time we are aware that as two foreign students we will be more vulnerable than most especially as my partner's French is very limited. Does anyone happen to know of any apartments going for rent at the moment and/or any lettings agents you could reccommend, particularly if they have any English-speaking staff? Thanks :)
Hi all,I've got an old Crock-Pot slowcooker that I brought back with me from my last trip stateside -- (the "mijoteuse" seems relatively unknown here, and therefore hard to find and pricey) -- never dreaming it would be so tough to find a voltage adapter for it. The guy at "Boulanger" tells me to try a proper hardware shop, the hardware shop guy tells me to go to an store for used electrical parts, the lady there tells me to try an electrician's office, the guy in the electrician's office has no idea what I'm talking about (no joke!) and isn't sure if such an item -- a voltage converter for using U.S. appliances in Europe -- exists. A few people and a couple of weeks of waiting down the line, I get a phone call saying that they found one, and it's 90-something euros. Huh? Haven't Americans been coming to France for decades with their electric razors and fans and record players and everything else? Didn't they used to have those big hulking "transformers", now surely replaced with something more modern and accessible? I'm extremely confused as to what about this is confusing to anyone else, and why this is even an issue.Question #1: Does anybody "get" what I'm missing? Can you explain it to me? Question #2: Does anybody have any idea where I might be able to find what I need? The label/sticker on the dear old Crock-Pot says: 120V, 50-60H, A.C. only, 75-100 Watts. Question #3: Does anybody *have one* that I might be able to procure at a reasonable price, or know someone who does? (Leaving Europe, perhaps, or just don't use the thing anymore?) I live in Lyon 1 near Place Sathonay but willing to meet you just about anywhere...Thanks!Pete
We live south of Lyon, but would be interested to know if anyone out there has experience of decommissioning old buried fuel oil tanks in France. We understand that for the sake of safety the old metal tank below ground has to be filled with sand or concrete, a certificate is issued, and that will be a 'must have' when it comes to selling the house. We have received two quotes, one for 1700euros and one for 1650euros. The extent of the work is filling a 5000L metal tank with sand-it sounds very simple, but given the time and materials involved why so expensive?. Any comments or advice would be most welcome. John
Hello - We are an American family looking to rent a 100m2 size (3 to 4 bedroom), preferrably furnished, apt in the Confluence area starting Dec. 2014, or January 2015. We currently live in the Confluence neighborhood and are available to talk on the phone or communicate by email. Sincerley, Sarah and Josh
hi ! We are a couple of 28 years old french physiotherapist and we really want (need) to improve our english. So we offer a room in our flat on the 4 rue Jean Jullien 69004 LYON for 200 euro or less from now to April. We work a lot, so if you could help us learning english on wenesday and thursday evening, it could be a good deal. Please contact us : firstname.lastname@example.org See you soon Amandine and Nicolas
Hi, I am moving because of work for 6 months - I will be working in Meyzieu but I'm a city girl and am looking for information about areas of Lyon to focus my search for accommodation. I currently live in the West End of Glasgow which is very lively with a lot of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and is about 2km from the city centre. I'm hoping that there might be an area of Lyon with a similar vibe. I'm single and young at heart (as in I'm not so young anymore!!) but want space for family and friends to visit. I will be bringing my own car over with me so also need to know about car parking - is it easy and reasonably safe to park on street? Is it possible to rent a space in a public car park reasonably? Should I restrict myself to apartments with some form of private parking? My ideal would be a fully furnished (utilities included) 2 bed apartment with a terrace/balcony and a private car park (doesn't have to be a private individual garage) but these seem to be VERY epensive (€2000++). Am I looking in the wrong place or is that the going rate? Any help on areas or where to search would be very welcome indeed. Thank you
My husband and I just got stung by this, I want to make sure others don't! If you are looking to rent property in France DO NOT respond to any ANY adverts from ROSELYNE DESPRES, A. BLAISE or JOSE-JOEL BOMPART. They are scammers. Here is what their advert looks like: http://lyon.fr.craigslist.fr/apa/4549292905.html Their email addresses are: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org They will ask for a Western Union or MoneyGram transaction for a desposit and first month's payment made payable to their 'accountant' but they will remind you to keep the code secret, and the receipt safe. (The understanding is that once you have seen the apartment, you give them the receipt and they can then collect the money. So you're not sending money via the internet. Seems so safe and trustworthy!). After that they will ask you to do an 'attestation de paiement' via La Poste to prove that you have made the mandate for the rent and the desposit. That website is: http://telechargements-des-attestations.com/ Once you have done that, they will email again to ask for ANOTHER TWO MONTHS' rent to comply with the law and will also send an attachment with the rental agreement. They then disappear with your money with they have managed to access somehow, probably from the http://telechargements-des-attestations.com/ website.
Further to my message discussing heating systems for the Rhone Alps region - does anybody have experience with putting in a new solution and getting grants? I am in the process of the design stage for a renovation near Valance and am looking at different options to try and make the property as energy efficient as possible. I would like to take advantage of grants where possible and would ideally like to make the property run at a 'profit' (as is possible in the UK) with feed in tariffs per unit. I am retiring therefore will not have a taxable income but believe that it is possible nonetheless to claim back costs for green solutions. thank you in anticipation
Electricity, Oil, Gas, Wood, Bio, Coal, Solar, Wind Turbines or Ground Source (Geothermal) - all have their place but what systems are the most economic and work in the Rhone Alps region of France for heating, hot water and cooking? In Britain at the moment, home owners and builders are looking at rising prices of gas, oil and electricity and comparing this with the plethora of ‘green’ systems and grants that are available from the government. Playing the grant game is complicated, for example, when the feed in tariff for solar panels dropped from 45p per unit to 26p per unit, the price of the panels halved. What message did this send out? Were prices for the panels actually inflated due to the grants and suppliers taking larger profits than need be due to the availability of grants and therefore getting the money from the tax payer? Wind generators have often been in the news with the general consensus being that without government grants these are not energy efficient. The price to manufacture and maintain means that the purchase price is high and without the grants per unit to feed back into the grid, the return on investment is not there. Biomass – the latest trend. An excellent solution providing that the raw materials are available at a cost effective price. The equipment to install a biomass system into a domestic environment is expensive, to automate as best as possible is an additional cost with large hoppers needing the space along with the automated feeds. Ground Source (Geothermal) appears to be an excellent solution to take advantage of the ambient steady temperature in the ground and using this to raise the temperature by a few degrees of cooler liquid pumped through it. This difference is enough to allow the system to create steam to heat a boiler which is used for the heating. Electricity is required to pump the liquid round the ground and also in the building therefore any such system must be well planned along with other solutions such as solar to reduce the electricity costs. Solar water heaters – cheap heating for the hot water providing that there is enough sunlight to provide it but, what happens if there is too much sunlight? The system is not designed to switch off therefore this heat must be used – get a swimming pool! Solar gain - through windows, with the correct glass, you can either stop heat or increase heat. This needs to be though through as you do not want to be too hot in the summer and freezing in the winter. The same applies to the bricks used in the build. Some bricks can store heat like storage heaters, others can dissipate heat quickly. Think carefully how the sun comes around when you need heat and when you want to lose it. Below is a list of energy sources and my take on them:- Electricity - Cheap and easy to install - Pay as you go - expensive to run - No control over price rises Oil - More expensive to install - Higher upfront costs - No control over price fluctuations - Expensive to run and maintain boilers etc. Wood - Providing that you have a cheap source then this is efficient - Labour required to cut wood (and dry it) - No automated systems if you are not there then the heating will not be on Biomass - Wood chip or pellet - Expensive system to install - Wood chip good value providing that you have a source and equipment to make the chips - Pellets cheap but limited suppliers therefore prices could increase - Maintenance required for system - Upfront costs for pellets Coal - Need a good supplier and boiler - Work required as per wood - Dirty - Unlikely to have local source Solar - PV units are efficient - Investigate the grant system - Look at both a feed in tariff as well as using it to power pumps etc - Be careful with water heating systems as too much sun in the summer could cause problems Ground Source (Geothermal) - Expensive initial investment - Investigate what is available via grants - Look carefully at costs as running the system may cost a lot in electricity therefore making the ROI model non-existent in comparison with other fuels How best to actually heat your home using ‘wet’ energy (pumped water) – under floor, radiators or stoves? Again, this is a difficult question to answer as a lot depends on where your house is, how much glass there is to provide solar gain and how much space you have. Under floor heating is by far the most aesthetic as there are no unsightly radiators, the heat is beneath you and rises and there are no cold spots. Under floor heating however is reactive and acts like a storage heater therefore, once it comes on, there is a delay before you feel the heat and this applies in reverse, if you are too hot (should the temperature change), there is a delay to get it to cool down which often means opening windows therefore wasting energy! Radiators although unsightly are easy to install, easy to manage and more reactive than under floor heating. It is however important to have enough radiators in the rooms to provide sufficient heat therefore careful planning is required. Radiators take up valuable wall space hence the natural preference for under floor heating. Stoves – need a chimney and fuel but apart from that are straightforward. A wood burning stove is a popular addition to many modern homes and can be used as a secondary heat source and indeed a feature in many situations. Conclusion Overall, there is a lot to think about when looking at heating systems for a home. A new home is better insulated than an old home therefore will use less energy and therefore will not get as much in the way of grants in comparison with an older house that will use more units. You should be looking at the full costs which include the purchase and installation of the system along with running costs and grants over the expected life of the system. Do not be naïve enough to think that a heating system will last forever therefore allow between five and ten years for budgetary purposes. Be realistic with rises in fuel costs (electricity, oil and gas). Do not rely on government grants as these could disappear as rules change. Speak to your builder and the window manufacturer – look at ways of shading the sun in the summer but letting the sun in over the winter (without living in darkness). Your energy bill could be the highest cost you have in a house if you do not look into efficient ways to manage this but if you invest carefully, you could actually get money to heat your home!