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Are You Moving to France? Then Here’s Your Moving House Checklist

Jun 12. 2014

When moving to France many clients ask for a moving house checklist, and with over 30 years experience of house removals, moving people and possessions to and from France, we thought you’d appreciate the next few Blog posts being the top 5 essential removal tips you need to know before moving to your new and exciting life in France.

So, what do you need to consider before house removals to France?

Here’s Step 1 of 5 – Planning Your Move To France.

Planning early will help you to make the right decisions when choosing from your short list of house removals companies and help make sure both you and the movers are organised when moving time arrives. There are many important things to get right to prevent last-minute problems arising. Firstly, get quotations and information from several international moving companies at least 3 to 4 months before you plan to move. How do you select overseas moving companies? Recommendation is a key starting point. Has anyone you know used a moving company and what were their experiences like? If not, then look for moving companies that are members of FIDI (The largest global alliance of independent quality international removal companies) and who are also members of the BAR Overseas Moving Group. You may prefer to contact local Members to you, but don’t be put off by international movers from further afield as locality is not that important when choosing an overseas mover. It’s more important that they have the right experience and knowledge of overseas moving to France.

Once you have selected a few companies, invite them to give you a quotation for your move. This normally involves arranging for an Estimator to visit you in your home, in order to accurately calculate volumes and packing requirements. Calculating the correct volumes is a key factor. They will then send you a written quotation for your move. Sometimes prices can be prepared on smaller consignments without and Estimator visiting you, providing you supply an accurate list of what has to be moved. Movers can prepare prices based on the information supplied but can always adjust the pricing if the volume is different after collection. As well as the traditional methods of advertising, many people will obtain movers details off the Internet. But be very careful, as many advertisements are not necessarily from bona fide movers. A slick and pretty website does not necessarily guarantee that the company in question has a high professional standing. There are companies presenting themselves, on-line, as legitimate removal companies, but they are acting as middlemen, simply contracting the enquiry back to an unknown removals company. So, always look for companies that have their own vehicles and packers and check accreditations and past customer testimonials to make sure that you are in safe hands.

Please don’t risk the man with a van scenario. You know, your personal possessions are far too valuable and vulnerable to risk on that option.

Next time we’ll cover Step 2. Moving to France with children.

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