Moving to Germany
For Brits considering a move to Europe, Germany will no doubt be high on their list. It has a reputation for being an economic powerhouse and is now a watchword for economic prosperity within Europe. Aside from the dynamic jobs market, this culturally diverse country offers a stunning range of city life, from the vibrant, inclusive vibe of Berlin, to commercial seaports like Hamburg, or high tech hubs such as Stuttgart.
Schepens has been supporting families and professionals moving to Germany for over a century, now. It’s always a delight to have the opportunity to work with movers preparing to relocate in Europe, and our consistent aim is to provide them with stress-free removals. We asked some of our clients now resident in Germany what advice they’d give on moving to this exciting country.
1. Don’t Expect to Get By With English
You don’t have to be fluent in German, as many Germans speak fluent English, but you do need to know the basics. Why? Because if you’re planning to live and work in a German city you’ll need to know the language to get a job, sort out your healthcare, find schools for your kids. Most officials expect a bit of give-and-take and sympathy with your stutterings will run out after a bit.
Tip: Start learning basic German before you move. It doesn’t matter if you feel ‘it’s too little too late’; it will help.
2. German Culture Will Surprise You
Over your first few months you’ll feel like an outsider. This isn’t because of anything anyone does; it’s just a different culture. Germans tend to be far more forthright than Brits, and they don’t care too much for small talk. Work colleagues are likely to want to keep themselves to themselves, and there are social rules you’ll fall foul of without even being aware you’re doing so.
Tip: Find a local expat forum before you move to find out what to expect, then use them for support over the first few months.
3. Everything Closes on a Sunday
You may have heard this before you move, but nothing quite prepares Brits for the emptiness of the streets on a German Sunday. If you’re like me you’ll hit the centre of town expecting the High St shops to be open, but nothing. The German Sunday shutdown is there for a cultural reason, to allow families a day to do stuff together instead of endlessly shopping – but it is a bit of a culture shock!
Tip: Plan your Sundays in advance. Get special food in, work out where you might visit, or plan some quiet time with your partner.
4. The Bureaucracy Will Drive you Mad
In Germany there is a defined process for everything, which means there’s a clear way to proceed with anything official – but it still drives you up the wall. There’s no give in the system, so if you need document B, but you have no stamp on document A, there’s no point in arguing. You simply have to accept that’s the way it is.
Tip: Consciously decide not to fret about the bureaucracy you encounter. Better still, smile at it – and remember all the great things about living in Germany.
Schepens Provides Stress-Free Removals to Germany
If you’re moving to Germany, Schepens is a leading provider of removals to Germany from the UK. We’ve had plenty of practice! Our 4th generation, family-run business started offering European removals over 100 years ago, and we’re still passionate about being the best at what we do. We travel regularly to towns and cities across Germany, which means we can offer movers flexible scheduling, and full or part container loads.
Tailor-Made Removals to Germany
No matter how many times you’ve relocated, moving to Germany is never a ‘standard experience’. Which is why we don’t offer ‘standard packages’. Instead we allocate a professional Move Co-ordinator to each client. They will help you to develop a tailored removal plan, based on your specific requirements. Once it’s complete, it will form the basis of your FREE no obligation quote.
Schepens removals services include:
- Professional Packing Services. Our highly trained removals professionals can pack up your home, create your shipping inventory and accurately label your boxes.
- Insurance. Schepens insures all your goods whilst they’re in transit. We can also offer additional cover for Accidental Damage, and Extended Liability.
- Non-Standard Goods. If you want to move a piano to Germany, or an artwork, Schepens provides bespoke packaging and removals.
- Self Storage. Should you need a space to store your goods in the UK, Schepens self storage has a number of local storage depots in the UK. We provide a door-to-door service and a secure, climate-controlled environment.
- Transport. 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.
Client-Centred Removals to Germany
At Schepens we pride ourselves on providing high quality, low stress removals for our clients relocating to Europe. How do we do it? Every Schepens employee is trained to industry standards. This means that our removals teams are made up of professionals who are proactive problem solvers. And every one of us is prepared to go the extra mile if it will benefit our clients.
“I’m genuinely so nicely surprised to have had such a great service. I was expecting a headache! Regards, Joe”