If you are planning a move to France, then choosing a reliable international removal firm is a must. Whether you are looking to take all of your furniture and possessions, just a few sentimental items or even your car then you need an international removals firm who can steer you smoothly through the whole process, from packing up your old home to unloading at your new home in France.

If you are looking for an international removal firm but don’t know where to start, here are some frequently asked questions about moving your possessions to France:

What household items can I take to France?

Pretty much anything! A good international removals firm can help you get your goods to France, whether it’s a little or a lot. Most household items can be taken to France but it is important to remember that the plugs will need changing or they will need adaptors.

Can I take my plants with me to France?

Whilst there are no restrictions on taking your plants to France, it can be quite costly to move them as nothing can be stacked on top of them on a lorry or container, meaning they take up a lot of room.

Do I need to fill a whole shipping container?

Many people may not want to take a full house-load of furniture and possessions to France but there are some items that they cannot leave behind. Some removal companies offer part load spaces or tea chest size loads so that you can still take your favourite items without having to pay for a whole shipping container.

How much will it cost to ship my possessions to France?

Although the idea of shipping your possessions to France may seem expensive, it will probably work out a lot cheaper than buying all new furniture and household items in France. The cost of moving an average 3 bed semi to France could be approximately £3,000.

A removals firm will be able to give you a no-obligation quote and will usually carry out a house visit to be able to give you an accurate quotation. Good firms will however offer to adjust your quote once you have made your final decisions on what to and not to take.  If there is something that you are undecided on, the quote may help you make the final decision whether you take it to France or not.

It is worth having a good sort out beforehand though as many removal companies charge by the cubic metre so it may be expensive to ship over items that you will no longer have use for.

Some firms offer a packing service. This involves their team packing your boxes for you ready for moving day. Whilst this may seem like an added expense, it can save you a lot of time, energy and stress. It could also reduce the cost of insurance that will cover the goods in transit. The international removals firm will also take an inventory of everything that has been packed that will be required for clearance through customs.

Are there any formalities required to move my possessions to France?

If you are moving from the UK to France you will need a passport, certificate of residency confirming that you have been living and working for more than 12 months in the country of origin. You will also need a removal inventory listing all contents of your boxes in French and a valuation form for Shipment Protection Cover. Your international removals firms will be able to assist you with this.

How long does shipping to France from the UK take?

The transit time for removal of goods from the UK to your new destination in France is approximately 3-7 days for a dedicated load and 1-3 weeks for part load shipments.

When should I get in touch with an international removals firm?

Planning ahead will allow time to find a reliable international removals company. The recommended timescale to get in touch with the firm is 3-6 months before your planned moving, so that accurate quotes can be provided. Even if you don’t have details such as a confirmed moving date or address of your new home, these details can be updated nearer the time. It is possible to arrange removals within a shorter timescale however.

What should I look for when selecting an international removals firm?

A good removals firm should hold FAIM accreditation, which is the only independent Quality Assurance standard for the international moving industry.

Other things to look for are membership of the British Association of Removers Overseas group (BAR) as this means any payments made to them are protected for extra peace of mind. Also members of the FIDI Global Alliance have a set quality benchmark to adhere to. You should check that the company has insurance that will cover your possessions throughout the move in both countries and whist at sea and that they cover any loss or damage in transit.

Whether you have a full or part load to move to France, it is important to know that your belongings are in safe hands. Here at Total Buying Abroad we can help you find a professional, reliable and organised international removals company to help take the stress out of your move to France.

Contact us on +44 (0)1244 478911 or email for more information about how we can assist you.

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