If you are moving belongings to France from the UK and are looking for a cost-effective method to transport your furniture and belongings then we can help!
Simpsons have been helping people move house to France for many years. Our team specialise in international and European removals so we know how to take care of everything to make your home removal easy and stress-free.
When moving house to France your belongings are usually transported by road freight. This could be a dedicated removals van but more usually a shared van for smaller moves to France. We don’t usually use your typical removal van but a larger European road train which allows you to save money through economies of scale.
We offer a door-to-door service so our packers will export wrap your household contents and deliver to your new home in France.
To discuss your requirements, no matter how large or small, we recommend you complete the quote form and we’ll be in touch to answer all your questions about the international move.
Our dedicated load service offers the freedom of a specific date for the goods to be removed from your current premises and, subject to the confines of driving, the delivery date to your new home in France. You will have the peace of mind of seeing your goods loaded safely, and leave to travel directly to your new French home – allowing you to see the vehicle arrive to unload.
This service can also incorporate a period of storage facilities, should this become necessary, and as with all our services, you may elect to take a full or part packing services when you are moving house in Europe.
If your consignment is of a small nature, the time scale is of little importance, or you are simply working to a budget, then our part load service will be the obvious choice. Whilst still offering a fixed date collection of your goods and maintaining compatibility with a packing service, this cost-saving service still provides first class services to all popular destinations for removals in Europe.
To illustrate how a part load service works, please click here
In the transition period following the UK leaving the EU, (up until 31st December 2020), free movement of goods and personal effects between the UK and EU / EEA countries, continues.
Therefore, shipping of personal effects and household goods to your home in France can continue as before. Some changes to residency status may apply since Brexit, so you should seek advice on your personal situation.
Once the transition period ends and Brexit takes full effect, regulations for shipping and removals to European countries may change.
We would recommend taking out Shipment Protection Cover for peace of mind whilst your belongings are on their journey.
Whilst we have expert packers who specialise in international removals and use accredited shipping lines who take special care of your personal belongings, we cannot control every eventuality.
Just as you will likely have home contents insurance in the UK and travel insurance for your family, we recommend you discuss with your Move Manager the available options for protecting your belongings whist they are in transit.
The cost of your removal to France depends on a number of factors including where in the UK you are moving from and where in France you plan to move to.
Naturally the cost also depends on how much you are taking – the price per cubic foot drops significantly as your volume increases.
However, as a large number of people move from the UK to France every year, the cost may be much less than you think when you consider the distances involved from say London to Marseille or Nice.
We have a variety of house removal and shipping services depending on your relocation needs. So no matter whether you are just shipping a few boxes to France or moving your entire house contents, we have a cost-effective solution removals package for you.
If you are undertaking a large house removal to France then our dedicated removal service will suit you. You will be allocated your own dedicated removal van and packing team to take all your furniture and other goods from your home in the UK to your new home in France.
If you don’t have much stuff to take with you to France, then our shared load removal service is ideal.
We regularly transport people’s household belongings and furniture on a ‘European road train’. to all parts of France including Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and of course the popular Provence region.
This furniture removals service is our most popular as the cost is shared amongst other customers moving to the same area of France. In fact, it’s usually cheaper than ‘man and van’ type removals service and your belongings are certainly a lot safer!
All our shipping options are cost effective but if you only have a few boxes to send to France then our Excess Baggage or box shipping will likely be your cheapest option.
Transportation by road freight to mainland destinations in France usually takes around 2-4 weeks for a dedicated service or 4-8 weeks for a shared / part load services.
At Simpsons we are big enough to offer a friendly service, but large enough to have a very experienced team and economies of scale.
Although there are many removals companies that transport belongings to France, few like Simpsons specialise solely in international removals.
Not only do we do house removals to France and the EU but also removals worldwide.
We undertake household removals and shipping from every part of the UK and Ireland to anywhere in France.
Some of the popular French city destinations include:
Other popular areas for expats and property buyers to move to in France include:
We also deliver to Moanco and Monte Carlo.
We not only do removals from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool to France, but from all parts of England.
We have teams serving Cardiff and Wales to France as well as from all over Scotland (not just Edinburgh and Glasgow) to France too.
We are now also able to undertake removals from all parts of Ireland to France including both Belfast and Dublin. Please contact us for more details and a quote.
Although Simpsons will take care of all the details they can for you, this convenient checklist will make preparing for the move as simple and worry free as possible.
Moving out: Before the removal men arrive, be clear in what they are contracted to do and what you are expected to do. If in doubt, ask the surveyor or a member of our staff. Ordinarily, both householder and the removal men have fairly defined responsibilities (though a measure of flexibility on both sides is of course desirable)
Children: Children, who are naturally curious and can easily get in the way, may potentially be injured. The younger ones are best left with a neighbour or friend until it is time to leave.
Swings/Climbing frames: Generally dismantling these is one job you will do yourself, but be careful not to lose the bolts. If wish us to arrange dismantling please discuss this with our surveyor
Garage/Shed: Tie together garden tools, and prepare items to be lifted straight onto the vehicle.
Self assembly furniture: If you have any furniture of the home assembly type particularly if made of chipboard, please note that we recommend dismantling units before the move, as the joints are seldom strong enough to survive even careful handling if the furniture is moved whilst still assembled.
Washing machines: Secure your washing machine drum, and disconnect from water supply and electric.
Books: Books are very heavy, use our book cartons as they are smaller and easier to manage.
China & glass: Wrap each item individually in packing paper or bubble wrap, packing the heavier items first with lighter pieces on top. Remember that plates and dishes are packed vertically and not laid flat.
Moving in: Make sure that you (or some other responsible person) is on hand to admit the removal men. If no-one is there and a reasonable waiting time expires, you could find yourself landed with storage and re-delivery charges. Enquire how long the vehicle will wait should you be inadvertently delayed on the way. It can also save time and confusion if you stand at the entrance and specify the location of each item as it is carried in.
Helping the move along: If you follow the guidelines suggested on this page you will find the removal men themselves responding to your good sense with extra efficiency and relaxed good humour. You can also help the move along by remembering to pack the kettle last. A cup of tea all round is a gesture always much appreciated.
Tipping: There is, of course, no obligation to tip the men, but, as with all personal services, people like to reward extra attention, willing good humour or a job well done. If you feel that a reward has been earned, the driver or packer in charge will distribute any gratuity given amongst the crew.
Utility Bills: Gas, Electricity, Water & Telephone
Banks/Building Society: Credit cards, standing orders
Doctors: Dentist, Medical Care & Private health care
Insurance: House, Contents, Car & Life insurance
Professional Advisors: Solicitors, Accountant
Sky/Cable: TV Licence
Post Office: Mail Redirection
Local Authority: Removal from electoral register
Insurance Companies: Household insurance, vehicle insurance
Here are the issues that should be addressed well ahead of time to ensure smooth transition to your new life abroad.
Passports and visas: for yourself and your family
Work permit: if needed
Inoculations: for yourself, your family and your pets
Travel bookings completed
Overseas accommodation booked
International driver’s licence
Traveller’s cheques and currency
Charge cards issued
Overseas banking arrangements / funds transferred
Power of Attorney
Income Tax refund arrangements
Personal accident and medical insurance: for yourself and your family
Insurance for your valuable possessions
Arrange care and transportation of your pets: They hate moving more than humans and so need special attention.
Currency transfers – Global Reach
Please browse our selection of testimonials from recent house moves, relocations and other services used.
Made my move so much easier the boys were very polite got the job done just what you need at a very stressful time Thank you !!!
very happy with move The Simpsons team was very efficient in getting the move booked, and in helping me complete all the necessary paperwork. The pick up went smoothly, and communication was very good. The driver and his helper were very friendly and efficient.