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Moving to France and Keeping Cool

Jul 08. 2021

As we find ourselves amongst rising temperatures and long summer days, if you’re making the move to France in the summer months it’s worth bearing in mind that the hotter climate can impact your moving day. Take a look at our useful tips to help keep your cool during the moving process.

Expertise is key
It really can’t be underestimated how important it is to choose a reputable and experienced removal company. This holds true no matter when you’re moving, but particularly now that moving household goods into and out of the EU is so much more rigorous. Find a company that has the expertise in removals to France and the practical skills to move you door to door competently. They must be a member of the British Association of Removers and they should be FIDI accredited (the global alliance of international quality removal companies) as a reflection of their operations and service to customers.

Heavy load
Never underestimate how physically arduous carrying household items to and from a property and onto a van actually is. Combined with rising temperatures and it can become a really arduous task.

Professional removers to France have the benefit of vast amounts of experience and training in manual handling, and their judgement can save you a lot of heartache; they’re used to estimating the volume of household effects, and to working to tight time-scales and know how long it takes to pack a home and to load a van.

Boxing clever
If your budget will allow, opt for a packing service as part of the removal package. Your removal company should have professionally trained removal operatives to ensure that all of your personal effects make their continental journey in complete safety. All specialist items or items needing extra care, be these; paintings, mirrors, musical instruments etc. need to be packed in special cartons with protective materials and always remember owner-packed goods are not fully insured, whereas those packed by the mover are.

Shared loads
As not all clients need the use of a full-sized furniture van, some specialist removal companies should be able to offer prices for ‘part loads’. This means that you can send a small consignment of belongings over to France which goes on a shared vehicle with other customers. Remember that delivery dates will always need to be flexible with this arrangement as the removal van will have several deliveries to make.

Key issues
Having keys to the new property prior to the delivery day is important and will avoid quite a lot of stress on moving day. Always discuss the access at the French property with the home moving surveyor because sometimes a shuttle service from the vehicle to the new home will need to be arranged and again you won’t want to realise this too late.

The busy season
Removal companies will always need as much notice as possible if you are wanting to move to France in the summer. You’ll also need to factor in the extra paper work and bureaucracy that removal companies now have to deal with to co-ordinate a move to Europe and allow enough time for this. They will need to liaise with you concerning the documentation that is required to progress through customs without delays.

On the road
If you want to take a vehicle with you to France, some movers can also arrange collection and delivery of motor vehicles and motorbikes. These can be transferred in road trains (a vehicle with a boxed trailer). If you have a vintage, classic or prestige car, there is also the option of a covered transporter to ensure that your vehicle is moved as safely and securely as possible.

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