Prop­erty in mo­tion

Start your new life in France in a good mood by find­ing a re­li­able re­movals com­pany, ad­vises lo­gis­tics ex­pert

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A stress-free guide to trans­port­ing your worldly pos­ses­sions to France

Mov­ing all your worldly pos­ses­sions across the Chan­nel can seem like an in­sur­mount­able task. If not car­ried out well, it can cause your new life in France to get off to a stress­ful start. Call­ing on the ser­vices of a rep­utable re­movals com­pany can help to de­mys­tify the process and pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive door-todoor ser­vice.

Find­ing ‘the one’ When look­ing for a re­movals com­pany, it is im­por­tant to choose one with an in-depth knowl­edge of France; a com­pany with the con­tacts, af­fil­i­a­tions and prac­ti­cal skills to take care of you all the way to your new home. For peace of mind, they should of­fer full fi­nan­cial pro­tec­tion door to door.

Rec­om­men­da­tions are a good start­ing point but other than that, make sure movers are at least mem­bers of the BAR (Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­movers). This is the only trade as­so­ci­a­tion in the in­dus­try that helps mem­bers and pro­tects cus­tomers. It sets high pro­fes­sional stan­dards and the BAR code of prac­tice is ap­proved by the Trad­ing Stan­dards In­sti­tute. It of­fers clear pro­fes­sional ad­vice and also pro­vides a scheme of pre-pay­ment pro­tec­tion.

Don’t think you need to use a lo­cal com­pany, as ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge on over­seas mov­ing is more im­por­tant. Also, as pay­ments are made prior to mov­ing, it may be more re­as­sur­ing to use a fi­nan­cially bonded mover who be­longs to the BAR Over­seas Mov­ing Group or FIDI (Fédéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale des Démé­nageurs In­ter­na­tionaux). FIDI is the global al­liance of pro­fes­sional in­ter­na­tional mov­ing and re­lo­ca­tion com­pa­nies, and of­fers cus­tomers a por­tal to an al­liance of recog­nised qual­ity movers. Its FAIM stan­dard cov­ers a com­pany’s op­er­a­tions and ser­vice to cus­tomers through a qual­ity man­age­ment and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme. The BAR Over­seas Mov­ing Group, mean­while, of­fers an in­ter­na­tional guar­an­tee that cus­tomers’ ad­vanced pay­ments will be pro­tected should a mem­ber com­pany cease to trade.

All of this means that if you have paid prior to your move and that com­pany ceases to trade be­fore said move, your pay­ment is pro­tected, sim­i­lar to ABTA when book­ing flights and hol­i­days.

Your next step is to get a re­al­is­tic quo­ta­tion and, for this, an ex­pe­ri­enced es­ti­ma­tor should visit you in your home to ac­cu­rately cal­cu­late the vol­ume you wish to take and note your pack­ing re­quire­ments. They should give pro­fes­sional guid­ance as to how your en­tire move will be de­liv­ered, right from the col­lec­tion stage in the UK to de­liv­ery to your new res­i­dence in France (or vicev­ersa), with­out any obligation. Ask for a re­al­is­tic quo­ta­tion, which will in­clude full re­moval in­sur­ance, based on a first-class and high qual­ity ser­vice.

Re­mem­ber owner-packed goods are not fully in­sured, whereas those packed by the mover are

More of­ten than not, you’ll find that a move to France will re­quire the use of stor­age for some in­ter­me­di­ate pe­riod be­fore your pos­ses­sions can be taken to your new abode, so it is im­por­tant to use a re­mover with stor­age fa­cil­i­ties.

Opt­ing for con­tainer­ised stor­age means that con­tain­ers will ar­rive at your UK home on a multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cle and an in­ven­tory will be made as each item is care­fully loaded into con­tain­ers and trans­ported to the stor­age fa­cil­ity. The fur­ni­ture will stay in your con­tain­ers un­til it is ready to come out of stor­age.

Con­tain­ers rarely travel to France as they take up too much space, so nor­mally the fur­ni­ture is trans­ferred di­rectly into a fur­ni­ture van the day be­fore de­par­ture.

Al­ter­na­tively, self-ac­cess stor­age in­volves your pos­ses­sions be­ing stored in in­di­vid­ual pad­locked rooms; you are able to have ac­cess to your items dur­ing the pe­riod of stor­age. Try and give the re­mover two to four weeks’ no­tice in or­der to ar­range for your be­long­ings to be de­liv­ered from store.

Above: Ask for a re­al­is­tic quote that in­cludes full re­moval in­sur­ance Left: Make sure you have the keys to your new prop­erty be­fore de­liv­ery day

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