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We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of European removals having successfully relocated families to all parts of Europe for many years.

Planning a move to Europe? Schepens is your trusted partner for a smooth, affordable relocation.

A family-run business, with over a century of experience in Europe, we specialise in UK removals to Scandinavia, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and destinations across Europe.

Whether you’re moving a household, a business, or just a few specialist items, we offer flexible scheduling and full or part-load options to fit your needs and budget.

Why Choose Schepens as Your European Removals Company?

  • A century of experience guiding your smooth transition.
  • Streamlined service for stress-free relocation from the UK to Europe.
  • Professionally trained team ensuring careful handling of your belongings.
  • Flexible options to fit your timeline and the size of your move.
  • Comprehensive insurance choices for total peace of mind.
  • Expert handling of customs paperwork so you can focus on settling in

“Thank you very much. My husband and I really felt like we could trust your service when we moved from the UK to Sweden. Thank you for the quick communication and updates and for handling our stuff with care!”

Rosa

Moving to Europe? Find out more about Schepens services in our FAQs

Absolutely! Our BAR trained packers will take the stress out of moving by expertly packing all your belongings. We prioritise safe transit using high quality, eco-friendly materials.

Certainly! Schepens will navigate the complexities of European customs regulations for you. We ensure your paperwork is accurate and assist with the customs clearance process, so your move is stress-free.

We absolutely prioritise the importance of safeguarding your possessions. That’s why your belongings are automatically protected with in-transit insurance for peace of mind during your move. For even greater coverage, we offer convenient Extended Liability and Accidental Damage insurance options.

Yes, we do! Our frequent runs to Europe allow us to offer cost-effective part load removals. This means you share a removal truck or container with other customers, saving you money while still ensuring your belongings reach their destination safely.

Your belongings will be transported in one of our dedicated solid-sided, articulated vehicles, specially equipped for the removals industry. They are solidly built and fitted with four-bar locking systems. Air ride suspension ensures a smooth ride, minimising any movement of your items during transport.

Our European Depots for Affordable, Efficient Moves

Planning European removals? Our strategically located depots in Jönköping (Sweden), AlmeriaAlicante and Malaga (Spain) give you a significant advantage. These bases are perfectly positioned to serve routes throughout Spain, Portugal, and Gibraltar, allowing us to offer highly competitive rates and provide flexible logistics. By optimising return loads to France and the UK, we pass the savings on to you, ensuring your move remains efficient and affordable.

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    YOUR TRUSTED PARTNER FOR SCANDINAVIAN REMOVALS

    Planning a move to NorwaySwedenDenmark, or Finland? Schepens is your trusted partner for Scandinavian removals, offering reliable and affordable weekly services to destinations throughout the region. Our extensive experience in Scandinavia means you benefit from flexible scheduling options, competitive rates, and efficient logistics thanks to our strategic base in Jönköping.

    SCHEPENS CURRENTLY OFFERS STRESS-FREE REMOVALS THROUGHOUT EUROPE:

    Helsinki, Stockholm, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Tromsø, Turku, Toulouse, Tampere, Rostock, Reims, Porto, Liege, Frankfurt, Bruges, Brussels, Bonn, Antwerp, Malmo, Oslo, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Calais, Düsseldorf, Bergen.

    YOUR SEARCH FOR RELIABLE EUROPEAN REMOVALS ENDS HERE. WITH SCHEPENS, EXPERIENCE A SMOOTH, STRESS-FREE MOVE BACKED BY OUR EXPERTISE AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE.

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    European Relocation Services

    Schepens Offers European Relocation Services

    Schepens is a UK removals company that specialises in providing seamless European removals services, whether it’s moving household goods and personal effects or business relocations. With a strong commitment to customer satisfaction, we take immense pride in our reputation for delivering stress-free European removals services, regardless of the move’s size, distance, or complexity.

    As a 4th generation family business, our extensive experience spans a century, making us the trusted choice for families and businesses seeking efficient and reliable moves to European destinations.


    Schepens Partners Professionals Requiring European Removals

    Schepens understands that work relocations, or moving overseas to start a new job, can be a significant undertaking, not just for professionals but also for their families. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive support and tailored solutions to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for both the individual and their families.

    We know that each work relocation is unique. Which is why every mover is allocated a move co-ordinator; this is someone who knows your destination well and has managed numerous moves in the region. They take the time to understand your specific removals requirements, preferences, and concerns. Subsequently, they’ll provide a tailored removals plan, personalised assistance, and guidance throughout the relocation process.

    By entrusting your work relocation to Schepens, you can have peace of mind knowing that experienced professionals are handling every aspect of the move. Our attention to detail, reliability, and commitment to customer satisfaction ensure a stress-free experience for professionals and their families.

    How Can Schepens Help With Business Relocation to Europe?

    The earlier you get the Schepens team on board in your decision-making process, the more we can help. It’s often instrumental for businesses planning a move to know the logistics of employee relocations. Knowing exactly what’s involved, and the budget required, can help businesses to make decisions about how extensive the relocation will be.

    If you know that your business will be relocating, and you’ve factored in employee relocation services as part of it, Schepens can start work.

    We offer a range of services which include:

    1. European Removals

    Our dedicated move co-ordinators will help employees to create a detailed removals plan, including checklists and deadlines for submission of paperwork. Our professional European removals team can provide professional packing services, and we also offer local storage facilities. We’ll manage:

    • Detailed inventory
    • Insurance of goods in transit
    • Bespoke packaging and handling of fragile goods

    2. Housing

    This is an imperative for employees who are moving their families abroad. We provide detailed questionnaires which allow us to match requirements with our local European knowledge. Schepens move co-ordinators work with local teams to source suitable housing, provide viewings, and manage the letting process.

    3. Utilities

    A major anxiety we’ve encountered is the smooth transition of utility services in a new country. Schepens will ensure that local providers are informed of the date you’re moving in. We can also arrange for internet services, and satellite TV installation should you require it. Our aim is always to have everything in place for your family from the moment you move in.

    4. Schooling

    We’ll provide details of the range of appropriate schools for employees’ children. Our local teams can talk through the options in detail and arrange for visits to specific schools to experience the environment. We can also provide lists of clubs offering sports and activities that may not be available as part of the school curriculum.

    5. Support & Guidance Throughout

    We prize the local knowledge our European removals teams offer extremely highly, and we make it accessible to our European movers. The Schepens removals teams will be able to offer information on registration bureaucracy, healthcare, local shopping, expat amenities and the cultural facilities offered by your new location.

    Schepens Provides Personalised European Relocation Services

    Whatever the scale of your proposed European removals, whether it’s one family or 100 employees, Schepens has the expertise to support you. We offer tailored responses to each unique relocation and provide a detailed personalised service to everyone involved. Most important, we’re always willing to go the extra mile to ensure stress-free European relocation services for our clients.

    “Absolutely amazing service from the first day to the last. The quote was impressively accurate for the amount of things we had, and all our questions around customs, packing etc were answered promptly. When we needed to add a few extra items this was done seamlessly as well. It’s clear that the team at Schepens genuinely care and we felt 100% comfortable all the way through.”

    Matilda


    Would you like to speak to a member of the Schepens team about our European Removals Services? Call us today on 01794 323558

    Fine Art Removals | Art Storage | Fine Art Shipping by Schepens

    Fine Art Removals

    Schepens is a popular choice for fine art removals including paintings, sculptures, prints, and antique furniture. Our team has shipped everything from individual pieces through to large, highly valuable collections.

    Schepens is a 4th-generation, family-owned removals company that was established more than 100 years ago. We are one of the UK’s leading removals companies, with a solid reputation for reliability, professionalism, and safety.

    Our specialist removals team ships fine art across the UK, Europe and internationally. We use bespoke packaging and the highest quality, eco-friendly packing materials. Artworks are packed and labelled in accordance with the strictest standards, ensuring art or antiques remain in pristine condition throughout the journey.

    “The team who installed my exhibition were efficient polite and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Then the team who dismantled were Luke and Cameron and they also maintained a professional, helpful, and polite service with extreme efficiency. I am entirely happy and would us Schepens again.”

    Bridget Dumper, SWA


    If you require fine art shipping or art storage, contact Schepens on 01794 323558 for an obligation-free quote! You can also read on to learn more about our fine art shipping services.


    Fine Art Requires a Specialist Mover

    Fine art is highly vulnerable when taken out of its protected environment. Even new artwork must be protected with high-quality packing materials and protected during transportation. Schepens follows a very specific process to protect items during fine art removals:

    The Initial Consultation

    One of our move co-ordinators will meet with you to discuss the removal. They will ask for information regarding:

    • Your preferred removal date and arrival window.
    • Details of the destination.
    • Preferred transport options — international air freight, international sea freight, international road freight or a combination of these methods.
    • How many pieces of fine art you will be transporting.
    • The type of fine art being transported (paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs, for example).
    • The attributes of each piece of art, including the size, weight, and materials.
    • Any special precautions that must be taken in terms of security.

    If you have any unusual pieces, special arrangements may be required before they can be moved. If you don’t know the size of your artworks, the move co-ordinator may have to measure them. If you require art storage, the move co-ordinator will discuss costs and the length of the storage.

    The move co-ordinator will also discuss the available insurance plans and suggest an appropriate plan for fine art shipping. Valuation coverage is available for pieces of fine art or antiques that are of substantial value.

    You Will Receive a Detailed Quote

    Schepens will provide you with a highly detailed quote that outlines the specific items being moved, the estimated delivery window and the total cost. Our removal quotes are 100% free and there are no hidden extras.

    The Move is Scheduled, and Preparations Begin

    After you accept the quote, Schepens will begin preparing for fine art removals. This preparation includes gathering the appropriate packing materials, designing bespoke packaging, preparing crates, and scheduling the removal.

    The Move Commences

    Typically, fine art or antiques are carefully packed and crated up a few days before the removal is scheduled to commence. In some cases, it may be crated up on the day of the move. Bespoke packaging provides maximum protection against vibration, shock, and impact. Custom built wooden crates are used for highly valuable or fragile pieces.

    Your items are securely packed onto our state-of-the-art removals trucks. Depending on the destination and chosen transportation option, it may be transferred into a shipping container for sea or air transit.

    Your dedicated move coordinator will keep you informed about the progress of the removal. Once your items arrive, the Schepens team carefully remove them from the crates. Our removers will then dispose of any packing materials.

    If you have decided to store your fine art with Schepens, it will be placed in one of our secure storage facilities.


    Why Use Schepens For Fine Art Removals?

    Schepens is an experienced European removals company that has been performing fine art removals for many decades. We understand the precautions that must be taken when shipping artwork and will ensure your art makes it safely to its destination. Some other reasons to choose Schepens include:

    We Understand the Complexities of Shipping Fine Art & Antiques

    Our move coordinators understand the complex logistics involved when shipping fine art or antiques in the UK, or internationally. They can help you deal with export documentation, valuation documents, insurance, customs paperwork and LAPADA certification.

    Schepens Removers are Trained to Handle Fine Art

    Schepens employs professional removers who are trained to British Association of Removers standards. These standards dictate how well items should be packed, what kinds of packing materials should be used and much more. Our adherence to these standards ensures your fine art will be packed and transported correctly.

    We Regularly Ship Fine Art & Antiques

    Schepens works with auction houses, artists, galleries, private collectors, and museums. We often handle fine art including paintings, sculptures, and antiquities. The frequency of our contact with fine art and our vast experience makes Schepens a safe option.

    We Provide Art Storage

    Schepens has a number of storage facilities which provide a clean, secure, and fully managed environment for works of art or antique furniture.


    Do you require fine art removals or storage? Contact Schepens on 01794 323558 for an obligation-free quote!

    Piano Removals | Piano Removal Company | Piano Storage

    Piano Removals

    Schepens is one the leading UK companies for piano removals to Europe. Our specialist piano movers can safely and efficiently move pianos to any European and a huge range of International destinations. Your piano will be protected throughout the journey by bespoke packaging, handling and shipping. 

    We are a 4th-generation, family-owned company that has been in operation for more than 100 years. During that time, we have moved pianos for hundreds of clients. Our specialist move co-ordinators oversee each piano removal. They will create a detailed plan for tailored handling and shipping of your piano. 

    If you are interested in obtaining a 100% obligation-free quote for a piano removal, contact Schepens today on 01794 323558! You can also read on to learn more about the Schepens approach to moving pianos.


    Schepens — The Leading UK Company for European Piano Removals

    Moving pianos is a complex task that requires the right equipment, technical knowledge, and skills. It also requires planning and a great deal of specialist knowledge! 

    Pianos are delicate musical instruments that must be treated with great care. Despite being quite heavy, they are actually very fragile instruments that can be affected by a slight bump, excessive moisture, or extreme temperatures. Our specialist piano movers are well aware of the special precautions that must be taken when moving pianos.

    The process starts with an initial client meeting. You will be introduced to one of our professional piano move co-ordinators. They are highly experienced experts who have helped hundreds of clients over the years.

    The first step is to gather some basic information about the piano removal, including the piano’s age, its condition, where it’s currently located, and the destination it will be delivered to. We may need to inspect the piano to assess its structural integrity, its construction, its overall condition, and the materials that it is made from.  Particularly fragile pianos may require additional safeguards to be put in place.

    Our move co-ordinator will be able to offer advice and guidance on customs procedures and specialist insurance cover. All quotes are 100% free and completely obligation free! The quote will clearly explain the services that are being provided, the date of the removal and the delivery window for your piano. The total cost is clearly shown and there are no hidden extras.

    On the day of the move, our piano movers will carefully prepare and protect your piano before placing it into the removals truck. They will then deliver it to a processing facility or drive it directly to its destination. You can obtain updates on the location of your piano throughout the entire removal process by contacting your assigned move coordinator.


    Why Use Schepens for Piano Removals?

    Schepens has the skills, knowledge, and equipment to move your piano safely! The main reasons to choose Schepens for piano removals include:

    Schepens have an impeccable reputation for all types of piano removals

    Schepens is one of the most experienced piano removal companies in the UK. Our company has established an impeccable reputation for attention to detail, and customer service.

    Schepens uses state-of-the-art equipment

    If your piano needs to be moved down stairs, or even through a window in order to load it for shipping, we provide the appropriate specialist equipment for the job. Our detailed assessment and planning for piano removals ensures that our removals team arrives with exactly the equipment they’ll need.

    Your piano will be loaded onto one of our removals vehicles. Our fleet features hydraulic tailgates, air ride suspension and an adjustable barring system. They are fully enclosed vehicles that are perfect for safely moving pianos over long distances.  All trucks feature security alarms and GPS tracking.

    Our team has moved every kind of piano

    The piano movers at Schepens have moved all types of pianos, including grand pianos, pianola pianos, upright pianos, organs and digital pianos. We have moved antique pianos worth thousands of pounds and brand new pianos that have barely been played. Whatever type of piano you have, we have moved it before!

    Our company is fully insured

    All vehicles and staff members are fully insured. We offer clients a range of specialist insurance options for their piano while it is in transit. All insurance options are clearly explained by one of our move coordinators. Extended liability insurance is also available.

    Piano movers trained to a high standard

    All piano movers are security-checked, uniformed, and trained to British Association of Removers standards.  Our adherence to these standards ensures your piano is moved safely and efficiently.

    We offer piano storage services

    If you ate looking for a secure environment in which to store your piano, Schepens has a number of secure storage facilities in the UK. Our rates are highly competitive and all piano storage facilities are designed to keep your instrument safe and secure.


    If you are interested in obtaining a 100% obligation-free quote from an expert Piano Removals Company, contact Schepens today on 01794 323558!

    European Removals | Moving to Europe

    Move to Europe

    Considering Moving to Europe? Let Schepens be Your Guide

    Since the UK’s departure from the EU in 2020, navigating a move to Europe has become a little more complex. But by no means impossible. While free movement is a thing of the past, there’s a whole new world of possibilities waiting to be explored, as long as you’re equipped with the right information. The good news? You can still visit most European countries for up to 90 days visa-free, giving you ample time to fall in love with a new place.

    Here at Schepens, we’ve been guiding people through European removals for over a century. We understand the intricacies of the continent, and that includes the most recent changes. This blog is your one-stop shop for navigating the “new normal” in Europe.

    We’ll unpack the essential visa and residency requirements, offering clear, helpful advice to make your European dream a reality. So, settle in, and let Schepens be your guide to a hassle-free and exciting European relocation.


    Moving to Europe – Navigating Visas

    Dreaming of a fresh start in Europe? France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Scandinavia are popular destinations with our movers, but navigating their visa and residency requirements is crucial before making long-term plans. Let’s break down the essentials to make your transition smooth and informed.

    Country by Country Guide:

    Important Considerations:

    • Visa Types – Long-stay visas, work visas, and student visas are common options for European moves.
    • Timing – Application processes can take up to 3 months to be processed. Start preparations well in advance of your move.
    • Professional Assistance – For complex situations, consider consulting an immigration specialist for personalised guidance.

    Visa and residency rules are subject to change. Always double-check with the most up-to-date information on official government websites before making any decisions.

    Healthcare in Europe: Bridging the Gap with an EHIC Card

    While residency or a work permit grants you access to the healthcare system in your new European country, there might be a waiting period before full coverage kicks in. Here’s where the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), formerly the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), comes in handy.

    This card allows you to access necessary state healthcare in EU countries (and some others) on the same terms as a resident. This means it might be free, or you might need to pay a similar amount to a local resident. It’s a fantastic way to bridge the gap between your move and full access to your new healthcare system.

    Important Reminders:

    • Before you move, it’s crucial to inform your doctor and dentist in the UK. Discuss any ongoing prescriptions and see if they can provide you with enough to cover the initial period in your new country.
    • Remember, the EHIC only covers state-provided healthcare, not private treatment.

    Managing Your Money: Banking in Your New European Home

    To minimise fees and get the best exchange rates after your move, consider these banking strategies:

    • International Bank Account – These accounts are designed for easy money transfers between countries. This is a convenient solution for those who need to move funds regularly between the UK and your new country.
    • Local Bank Account – Opening a local bank account is essential for day-to-day living – think receiving your salary, paying bills, and using your debit card at shops.
    • Maintain Your UK Account – It’s a good idea to keep your UK bank account open for ongoing transactions like:
      • Direct debits or standing orders
      • Rental income
      • Easy access to funds if you return to the UK

    Research and compare banks in your new country to find one that offers the best rates and suits your needs.

    Navigating the Roads: Driving in Your New European Country

    Taking the wheel in your new home country is exciting, but before you set off, it’s vital to familiarise yourself with these key points:

    • Know the Rules: -Each European country has its own driving laws and regulations. Research thoroughly to avoid fines or accidents.
    • Essential Paperwork – Ensure you have the correct licences and documentation required to drive legally in your chosen country.
    • In-Car Equipment – Certain countries have mandatory items you must carry in your car (e.g., warning triangles, high-visibility vests). Familiarise yourself with these requirements.

    READY TO MAKE THE MOVE TO EUROPE?

    Schepens isn’t just a removals company – we’re your passport to stress-free European removals. For over a century, we’ve helped families, professionals, and students embark on their European relocation, making the process as easy as possible for them.

    Why Choose Schepens?

    • Unmatched Expertise – Our century-long experience with European removals translates into effortless relocations for you. We handle the complexities so you can focus on the excitement.
    • Cost-Effective and Convenient – Our regular routes throughout Europe bring you competitive pricing and flexible scheduling tailored to your timeline.
    • Personalised Care: Your dedicated move coordinator is your partner throughout the journey, answering questions, anticipating needs, and ensuring a smooth experience.

    Let Schepens help you turn your European dream into reality. Get your free quote today!

    YOUR EUROPEAN REMOVALS STARTS HERE. CALL FOR A FREE QUOTE AND DISCUSS YOUR MOVE WITH OUR EXPERTS – 01794 323558.

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