Moving Belongings To France?

Here are a few tips on what you should consider when planning to move belongings or just moving completely to France.

Planning Your Move

When moving to / from Europe, it is important to take the time to plan your route.

  • French villages often have vehicle weight restrictions. You will need to find out if this is applicable to your pick up / drop off address and pass on any details to the removals company.
  • If you are aware of any low bridges or narrow lanes, you should inform the removals company so that they can plan their route and avoid any unnecessary delays.
  • If you are driving yourself, make sure you have the European travel pack,  breathalyzer & your insurance green card
  • If you are planning an overnight stop, choose a hotel with secure parking. Accor & Louvre are two hotel chains that cater for varying budgets and most of their hotels offer secure parking.
  • Research different crossing: many people opt for Dover - Calais but there are many options available that could be cheaper or take you closer to your end destination.
  • Research your route: toll routes are fast but can be costly. Non toll roads can sometimes be just a good but are free to travel on.

Up to One Month Before

  • Finalise your moving date as soon as possible and book your preferred removals company for this date
  • Gather packing supplies: boxes, tape, rope/string, old newspapers etc. If you are in the local area, Kwikstix can deliver packing supplies on request.
  • Make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotels, and rental car reservations.

Up to Two Weeks Before

  • Dismantle self assembly furniture (unless this has been booked as part of your removal service)
  • If necessary, arrange to have the gas, electricity, telephone and water meters read
  • Arrange for any kitchen appliances to be professionally disconnected, including your washing machine so that the drum is secured
  • If you are taking the freezer, start using all the contents, ready for it to be emptied and de-frosted prior to the move
  • Remove any fixtures and fittings you are planning to take with you
  • Remember to notify all your friends and family of your new address.
  • Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions must also be notified.

Up to Two Days Before

  • Place any important documentation in a folder and separate from your household goods so you can carry these with you when you travel.
  • Have TV aerials or satellite dishes taken down if they are part of the move
  • Defrost refrigerator
  • Prepare plants for transit
  • Pack your bag for travelling that will include all of your essential toiletries and enough clothes for duration of your journey & your first night in your new home so you don't end up rummaging through boxes on your first night!
  • Set aside an area marked 'do not move' for coats, handbags, kettle, snacks, tools and cleaning materials
  • Get packing!

Collection / Delivery day

  • Before the removals team head off, check nothing has been left behind and exchange contact details with the driver. This should include mobile numbers so that you can both be contacted at any time.
  • Ensure the driver has clear instructions on how to get to the new property and agree a time of arrival. If you are able to provide the driver with a map of the exact location or any additional information about their route, this will help the job run as smooth as possible.
  • Arrange for someone to be waiting at the new property with keys to allow the removals team to get to work
  • Label all rooms and direct the crew to position furniture and effects

Packing Tips

  • To make sure your boxes are nice & sturdy, cross foldthe bottom of the box before taping.
  • Distribute heavy itemsevenly so that no one box is too heavy. For example, when packing china and glassware, only half fill the box and then pad the rest of the box out with blankets / jackets / towels.
  • Label your boxes: List the items and the room in which they are to be moved to i.e. "Kitchen:Crockery". If boxes are heavy or fragile, make sure this is also clearly labelled
  • Always fill up boxes to the top as they will be stacked whilst in transit
  • Prior to packing, tighten all lids of jars and screw topsof bottles.
  • If moving plants, wrapping them in newspaper can protect them from draughts and stops the leaves from being bruised
  • The contents of your chest of drawersdo not need to be emptied as these can be transported as they are
  • Place all important documentationin a folder and separate from your household goods so you can carry these with you when you travel.
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