Moving to Brussels | Removals to Brussels | European Removals | Removals to Belgium
At one time Brussels was known for being the headquarters of the EU and NATO, and little else, but that has all changed over the last decade. This self-styled ‘Capital of Europe’ is now considered one of the most diverse, multicultural cities in Europe. Visitors are invited to experience both the 21st century metropolis and, sitting alongside it, a medieval town, brimming with culture, and providing a wealth of historical charm.
For many expats moving to Brussels means working for the European Parliament, or for the institutions, media groups or organisations that support the work of the EU. Economically, however, there’s much more; Brussels is a wealthy city, contributing one fifth of Belgium’s GDP, and its historical core industries are banking, beer, chocolates and pharmaceuticals. Brussels is the home of international banking transfers supported by 60 banks across the city and a massive ICT sector.
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Choose Schepens for Your Removals to Brussels
Whether you’re moving to Brussels to work in the European Parliament, or you’re looking for a city with a lower cost of living than London, you’ll benefit from the support and experience a removals business like Schepens can offer. We’re a fourth generation, family run business that moved to the UK from Belgium back in the early 1900s. We love this beautiful city, and have been successfully helping people to move there for over 100 years.
In order to help you make the most of the services we offer, Schepens provides a dedicated Move Co-Ordinator at first contact. Initially they will gather the information required to create an accurate no obligation quote, and work with you to create your removals schedule. This will detail all the deadlines you need to hit for streamlined removals to Belgium, and determine the bespoke package of services to require to support your move.
Schepens for Brussels Removals and Storage
Whether you’re moving to another town, or another country, you want your household items and furniture to be there when you move in. As a company experienced in European removals, we understand the importance of scheduling and we work to create the ideal conditions for the start of your new life in Brussels. We ship to Belgium every few days and can offer dedicated or shared containers for the transportation of your home.
We’ve learnt through extensive experience that no two moves are the same, which is why early on in your planning, your Move Co-Ordinator will ask you to consider whether you want to store any items in the UK. This happens quite often if the posting to Brussels is fixed term. Should you require storage, Schepens has secure facilities across the UK and can arrange for door-to-door delivery of storage containers.
Belgian Residence Permit
Whilst the UK remains part of the EU, a passport is sufficient to travel to Brussels. If you are planning to work in the city, and intend to stay longer that 3 months, you are required to register with the Belgian authorities and provide evidence of your employment, financial stability and adequate health insurance. You will then be issued with a foreigner’s identity card.
Healthcare in Belgium
Belgian healthcare is considered to the excellent, but it is only partially subsidised by the state. Health insurance is mandatory, allowing patients to choose where and by whom they are treated. The normal practice is for patients to pay their costs upfront and then be reimbursed through the Belgian health insurance fund.
Education in Belgium
Children are legally required to attend school until they are 18, and it’s not unusual for them to start school as early as 3 years, although the more normal age to begin their education is 6 years. The Belgian education system is of a very high standard, and expats have the option of enrolling their children in a public school, a private school or an international school.
A Range of Schepens Services
Whether you’re making your first European move, or you’re a seasoned international mover, having a removals partner you can trust makes a huge difference to the quality and efficiency of your experience. We create a bespoke package for every mover, reflecting the unique set of circumstances and requirements they bring to us.
Your Move Co-Ordinator will explain the range of services we offer:
- Packing – our uniformed, BAR trained removals specialists can offer whatever level of support with your packing you find appropriate. Whether you use our packers or not, we will provide you with durable, professional packing materials.
- Insurance – all your goods will be fully insured throughout the move. Should you wish to take out additional policies (accidental damage, extended liability) we can arrange these for you.
- Storage – we can store any goods you want to leave behind at our local secure storage facility. We operate with individual access control and 24 hour CCTV coverage across the site.
- Removals Fleet – Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.
Your removals team will know Brussels well and be able to offer local knowledge should you require it. We take pride in our European removals and we have an unblemished record for successful, stress-free removals to Belgium. All our clients are guaranteed the support of professional staff, who are active problem-solvers, and understand the importance of excellent customer service.