How to Move to France from UK

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Wondering How to Move to France From the UK?

Schepens has moved countless families to beautiful locations across France. We love the fact that however many clients we work with, every single move we manage is unique. One common factor, however, is the moment when the sheer volume of preparation for moving threatens to become overwhelming. We’ve learnt to recognise the onset of this moment, and we’ve created a checklist – based on our experience – to help out.

Moving to France From UK Checklist

We can’t promise to remove the stress of moving completely, but our aim at Schepens European Removals has always been to reduce it. We find that working through a checklist – rather than keeping everything bubbling away in your head – can help to retrieve a sense of control over the process.

1. Get Your Documents Organised

Whatever your reason for moving to France, the one thing you can be sure of is that you’ll need to produce documentation as part of your integration into French life.  So get on top of this by gathering hard copies of your family’s:

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage/Divorce papers
  • UK tax paperwork
  • Educational qualification certificates
  • Passports
  • Driving licenses
  • Banking paperwork
  • Medical paperwork

Make multiple copies and store them in a folder. It’s a good idea to leave one set of documents with a friend or family member back in the UK.

2. Keep Up to Date With Brexit

So long as we’re still in the EU, you won’t need a visa or work permit for your move to France. We’re currently in a period of uncertainty as to when we’re leaving the EU, however, so it’s worth keeping up to date with the developments as they happen. Here are three reliable sources of information:

3. Set Up Your Bank Account

You’ll probably find it quite difficult to try and hold on to your UK bank account in France. And, thankfully, it’s now pretty simple to set up a French non-residential bank account before making the move. Your current bank will probably be able to offer advice, and help you through the process.

4. Organise Your Utilities in Your New Home

Knowing that your home in France will have electricity, water and internet is a great way to reduce the stress of moving. Most French homes use EDF for electricity, and GDF for gas. All you need to do is let them know your new address, and your moving date. Finding an internet provider is a little more complicated – as there’s more of them – but once you know the terrain, it’s pretty simple.

5. Sort Out Who You Call in an Emergency

We take our emergency numbers for granted in the UK, because we’ve grown up with most of them. But the numbers are all different in France, and it’s as well to know them from the day you move in. So, get prepared, make a list of all the most important emergency numbers and make sure your family has them on their phones.


If You’re Moving to France From the UK, Schepens Can Help

We’re a fourth generation, family-run business and we’ve been moving families to France from the UK  for over 100 years. We ship regularly to every part of the country, which means that we’re able to offer flexible scheduling to clients, and part or dedicated loads. Our aim has always been to reduce the stresses associated with moving, and we work with clients every step of the way to achieve this.

Tailored European Removals to France

In all our years as a leading European removals company, we’ve never yet encountered a standard move! Which is why we don’t offer standard packages. Instead we allocate dedicated Move Co-ordinators to each of our clients. They’ll work with you to develop a unique removals plan, based on your specific requirements.

Schepens removals services include:

  • Packing. Our BAR trained, professional removals teams can pack up your home for you, label all your boxes, and create a detailed inventory in preparation for shipping.
  • Insurance. Your goods are insured during transit. Should you require additional Accidental Damage and Extended Liability cover, we can arrange cover.
  • Non Standard Goods. If you’re planning to move a Grandfather clock, a piano, or a piece of fine art, we can arrange bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
  • Self Storage. Should you need to store any of your goods in the UK, Schepens has local self storage facilities. We’ll deliver your container to your door, and provide climate-controlled, secure storage.
  • Removals Vehicles. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Customer Service

We pride ourselves on the quality of support we offer our clients, and on the 100% success rate for our International removals. How do we do it? Every employee is BAR trained as a removals professional, and they understand the importance of providing proactive problem solving along the way. Most important, we pay attention to detail, and we’re always willing to go the extra mile for clients.

“A week on from our furniture delivery here in France we have finished unpacking! Everything arrived with no breakages or mishaps. Please pass on our special thanks to Baz and Perry who were simply superb. Kind regards Kit – Chandlers ford, Southampton, to the south of France”

We service all of France

Schepens run removals to and from all major towns, cities and areas of France including: Paris, Dordogne, Languedoc, Charente, Bordeaux, Limoges, Toulouse, Nice, Lyon, Brittany, The Alps, Perpignan, Montpellier, Normandy, Marseilles, Lille, Loire, Rouen, Nancy, Dijon, Nantes, Brest, Grenoble, Burgundy, Valence, Toulon, Provence and many more. We also regularly perform removals to Versailles from the UK.

Planning a move to France? Take a look at our ‘Moving to France from UK Checklist’, and give us a call to find out how we can support your European removals – 01794 323558