Navigating Your Move to France: A Comprehensive Guide

Navigating Your Move to France: A Comprehensive Guide

Once you’ve decided to make the move to France, arranging the removal of all of your household effects and possessions can be a daunting prospect, but with some careful planning the transition can be smooth and stress free.  This ultimate guide will walk you through how to work with your removal company and make your removals to France seamless and worry-free. 

 1. Mark the Calendar Early

Setting a moving date is the first crucial step. Notify your chosen removal company well in advance to secure your preferred date. Removal companies will become busier during the summer months.  As far as possible, avoid cancellations or postponements, as these can result in additional costs and complications. A well-planned timeline is the foundation for a successful move. 


2. Obtain Necessary Documents 

Now that the UK has left the EU, there is a far greater requirement for paperwork. An experienced remover will assist you with all of this and advise on what is needed, but its advisable to be as organised as possible with the necessary documents. This may include, for example, your passport, visa, residence permit, and any other relevant paperwork. Keep these documents organized and easily accessible from early on in the process.  

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3. Stay Informed about Customs Regulations 

It’s very important to choose a removal company that has the expertise to co-ordinate the customs documentation required for a move from the UK to France.  They will be able to avoid any surprises or delays at the border. Your removal company should also be able to make you aware of prohibited items and ensure that your packed belongings comply with French import regulations.  

4. Strategic Packing 

If you’re opting to pack yourself- it’s easy to misjudge the amount of time, it will take.  If you’re handling the packing yourself.  Start early to avoid last-minute stress. Invest in quality packing materials, which should be available through your mover. If you’d like to have the professionals pack for you- discuss this with your remover.  For a total-service experience, entrust this task to the experts. 

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5. Handle Special Items with Care 

If you’re moving ‘special items’ like fine art, wine collections or antiques, discuss these with your removal company in advance. They’ll provide guidance on how to transport these possessions safely and give you a clear estimate of any additional costs involved. 


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6. Light and heat 

Bear in mind, that removal companies can’t alter mains services, so to be equipped with gas and electricity, it’s important to contact the relevant gas and electricity boards in advance, especially during the winter when daylight hours are limited. 

7. Window Dressing  

While your removal company may take down curtains or blinds by prior arrangement, it’s essential to clarify whether they’ll be reinstalled. Understanding these details from the outset will help manage expectations and prevent any surprises.

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8. Optimize Unloading Logistics

Ensuring that the moving van has sufficient parking space, will be important for a smooth and efficient removal process. It’s advisable to allow for approximately 50 feet for a removal van.  

If the access to the property is in any way challenging or if there are notable obstacles such as small doorways or spiral staircases, this needs to be bought to the attention of the removal company.   

9. Provide a Spare Key 

To avoid delays and additional costs, consider providing a spare key to the removal company. This common practice ensures the van can be at your house, ready for unloading, even if you haven’t arrived yet. 

10. Elevate Your Moving Experience

If you’re moving in or out of a flat or apartment, prioritize lift access. Warn your removal company in advance if the lift is small or non-existent, allowing them to plan accordingly. Proactive communication is key to avoiding last-minute challenges on moving day. 

A well-prepared move is essential for a successful transition to France. By incorporating these ten tips into your relocation plan, you’ll not only streamline the process but also set the foundation for an enjoyable experience as you embark on this new chapter of your life. Bon voyage! 

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Burke Bros Moving Group operate removal services to and from all regions and departments of France on a weekly basis. Whether you require a full household removal or part load, they offer a high quality professional removal service and are BAR and FIDI accredited.

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