What’s quote in French?
What is quote in French? How to translate quotation when looking for for a builder, artisan or service in France? If you run a search online google will tell you the word for quote is “citation“. While this is one meaning of the word, it is not correct in this context.
In common English language, a ‘quote’ means to repeat the exact words of a speaker or an author. However, if you’re looking for a quote for work from an artisan, workman or service, the correct term to use in France is, ‘devis‘.
How to ask for a quote in French?
This may vary depending wether you’re browsing the internet with keywords or you’re planning to contact a service provider by phone or electronically. To browse online, you’d want to type something similar to “devis toiture Hérault” or “devis assurance auto“. If you prefer calling or to send an email, most artisans will have some command of English.
For the first contact, it’s useful to try to communicate in French if you’re unsure if the builder speaks English. Aim to use simple and short phrases, for example; “Je voudrais un devis pour ma belle maison dans l’Hérault“, “Je cherche un artisan pour refaire ma piscine sur la Côte d’Azur” or “Je suis a la recherche d’un devis pour faire changer ma fosse septique, j’habite en Bretagne“.
Before you ask for a quote
Make sure you check the artisans profile, website and services offered, and where they are located. Ask friends and neighbours, perhaps look at notices at the bakers? It’s better to use locals when possible, they know the local rules and will have useful contacts in the area.
It’s very important to check the providers’ SIRET or Siren number to ensure they are properly registered, this can easily been done online with manageo.com or societe.com amongst others. Once you’re satisfied and ready to move forward, the next step would be to meet face to face ideally at the property or their business premises.
Fast online quotes and services
We can definitely help if you’re looking for a quick quote for an insurance, with the following direct links to apply for a cover for your car, your house, your health, your pets or your business, in English from our long standing partners of 20 years. Likewise for currency or removal services.
For everything else, ALLO FRENCH is working hard to source new businesses, artisans and services, keep an eye on the website.