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Moving to France; the Burning Questions

Nov 14. 2019

1. How much is a removal service to France going to cost me?

Many people ring removal companies and want a rough quote over the phone but, of course, this is like asking for the length of a piece of string. There are so many permutations and considerations, so it’s preferable for a company to provide a detailed quote by carrying out a thorough survey of your property and personal effects. Before they can provide such information they need to be fully aware of the cubic capacity to be moved. How many packers will be needed? What size vehicle will be required? And how long will the whole process take?

2. How do I choose a removal company?

It’s not even essential to limit your choice of remover to a company local to you. Prioritise finding a remover with the right experience and knowledge of moving to France, regardless of where they’re based. Any remover you use should be a member of the British Association of Removers. More specifically, your mover should be a financially bonded mover who belongs to the BAR to ensure a guarantee that customers advanced payments are protected should the company cease to trade. Equally, they should be FIDI accredited (the global alliance of international quality removal companies) as a reflection of their operations and service to customers.

Always use companies that have their own vehicles and packers. There are companies out there who have a presence on the internet and may appear to provide a comprehensive removal service but they are acting as middlemen, contracting the enquiry or even the move to anyone who wishes to buy the lead or carry out the move. This may suit some people, but can leads to problems for others.
3. How much notice I should ideally give a removals company?

You can never be too prepared when moving to France, however, anything from 4-12 weeks’ notice to book a pre-move survey is advisable.

Realistically, not everyone can give several weeks’ notice, so try and stay in touch with your remover. Giving more notice on your upcoming move is never a bad thing, and getting a professional quotation early can help you budget for your move.

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