With White & Company moving to Guernsey is simple. Complete our online form for a free moving quotation.
International House, Pitronnerie Road, St Peters Port, Guernsey, GY1 2RF
Tel: 01481 736868
International House, Pitronnerie Road, St Peters Port, Guernsey, GY1 2RF
Tel: 01481 736868
We feel it is important that you know exactly what your moving costs will be upfront with no nasty surprises. Our surveyor will conduct a detailed pre-move survey to ascertain the volume of effects being moved.
The surveyor will visit your home and note any items you want to transfer. There will also be an opportunity to discuss any special requirements or questions you may have.
Once the consultation has been carried out, a free no obligation written quotation will follow within 48 hours. Our quotation will outline exactly what is covered, as per your instructions and a price.
If you are not quite at the stage of wanting to receive a home visit you can still take advantage of our Guesstimate tool. Just complete the quick estimate form on our website to get an approximate idea of the costs involved.
Having been specialists in removals for so long, we can assure you that there is nothing we have not moved before. You can rest assured that your personal belongings will be well protected and safe throughout the transportation process.
When you choose the option of a full packing service, everything will be wrapped, packed and listed on a detailed inventory before being loaded onto the vehicle. A copy of the inventory will follow shortly after.
White & Company is also able to provide flexible storage solutions for all your needs. Whether that be storage while you have building works carried out on your new home or while you live in rented accommodation for a period of time.
Whatever your storage needs may be we can help. We offer a range of different sized units with competitive prices and easy access in safe, dry and secure personally dedicated storage containers.
Are you looking to move to Guernsey or one of the Channel Islands? If so look no further than White & Company as your choice of removals company.
White & Company has been moving families in the area for over 40 years and can offer a variety of storage, packing and delivery solutions to make your move stress-free.
Irrespective of size and distance, your move will require careful planning to ensure everything runs smoothly. As founding members of the removals industry’s regulators, the British Association of Removers, FIDI & OMNI, we have the specialised skill set to undertake just about any move.
Our Guernsey branch, located on Pitronnerie Road, can offer a written quotation within 24 hours of your house survey. We have a fleet of shipping containers on skeletal trailers offering both full and part load services to and from the island and a 500-storage pallet warehouse with a basement housing up to 12,000 archive storage boxes.
Established in 1871 with just a horse and cart, we have gone from strength to strength. Today we own all our buildings and vehicles and employ over 500 staff. We have 16 branches and storage locations across the UK and branches in Majorca, Jersey and Guernsey.
Through hard work, commitment and excellent service, we are now one of the industry’s largest removal companies. Much of our work comes from personal recommendations, an accolade which speaks for itself.
Once thought of as a predominantly retirement location, Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands, has recently garnered a reputation for combing cosmopolitan living with a rugged rural charm and a unique infusion of British and French cultures.
The island maintains the right to make its own laws and levies its own taxes. Although protected by the UK as a ‘Crown Dependency’ it is not part of the EU and has a special relationship with the Common Market. Its own financial market has flourished and the Islands’ generous tax regime (no VAT levied on goods and 20% income tax) has attracted many businesspeople and corporations.
Its not just the affluent who are attracted to the island either. Guernsey’s population has now become a mixture of longstanding local families and newer residents looking to enjoy a more relaxed work/life balance, an enviable outdoor lifestyle and a warmer climate. The incredibly low crime rate and excellent educational opportunities makes it a great place to raise a family also.
The coastline is stunning, serving up pastel shades of turquoise and cobalt and providing ample playground for many exciting water sports, such as kite surfing and kayaking. The Island also boasts two 18-hole golf courses, many private health clubs and a public leisure centre. In the evenings there are countless places to wine and dine in, from classic British pubs, to gourmet French bistros serving up the Islands fresh supply of seafood and home-grown produce.
For a quick getaway, the islands prime location means it is very well connected with daily ferry services to both southern England and St. Malo, France, as well as six direct flights daily to London Gatwick. Island hopping to Alderney, Sark and some of the other archipelagos is also popular among locals.
Guernsey is a separate legal jurisdiction from the UK and as such has its own set of employment laws. Due to its small size, controls are in place regulating who can live and work on the Island. Every person wishing to live and work in Guernsey must acquire a relevant licence to do so. Alternatively, British ancestry provisions (ie maternal or paternal grand-parentage) may be relied upon to apply for entry clearance to work in the Bailiwick for up to four years.
Historically, Guernsey’s economy depended on quarrying and horticulture but todays its largest economic sector is finance. Indeed many of its jobs are considered to be high-powered ‘city’ jobs. Financial investment began in the 1960’s due to Guernsey’s limited regulations and low offshore taxes. The finance industry now generates around 40% of its GDP and employs approximately 20% of the population Other large employers are Specsavers and Healthspan which have both set up their headquarters on the island.
When it comes to education Guernsey’s schools are considered excellent, ranging from nursery and pre-school options to education based on the English national curriculum up to the age of 18.
The island offers a range of schools including 10 primary, 2 junior and 3 infant schools. There are 4 secondary schools (Les Beaucamps, La Mare de Carteret, St Sampson’s and Les Voies) and 3 fee paying colleges.
Pupils are assessed at the end of their primary school tenure through the 11+, with those performing in the top 25% given a place at the local Grammar School or a scholarship place at one of the private colleges. The other students are placed into one of the three state secondary schools based on their catchment area. There are no universities based on the island however.
Visit the Britschools web site for a comprehensive list of schools available in the city of Guernsey: http://www.britschools.co.uk/channel-islands/guernsey/
The housing market in Guernsey is split between local market properties and a set number of open market properties following a new Population Management law which came into effect on 3 April 2017.
Anyone may live in an open market property, but local market properties can only be lived in by those who qualify – either through being born in Guernsey (to at least one local parent), by obtaining a housing license, or by sharing a property with someone who does qualify (living en famille).
Consequently, open market properties are much more expensive both to buy and to rent. On the whole, you can expect prices to be comparable to many places in and around London and the cost of living can also be just as expensive due to the need to import goods and products. Renting can also prove very expensive with a one bed room apartment in the capital of Saint Peter Port likely to set you back around £1137.
There is a vast array of unique styles and sizes of properties available in Guernsey making it difficult to give average prices, but as an example, you can purchase a large 3 bedroomed home for around £776,280. Smaller properties such as flats and apartments start from around £250,000. There are many large luxurious homes for sale and these can range from £1,000,000 up to £8,000,000.
The process for buying property on the island is, however, one thing that can feel foreign. Title deeds are sometimes in French and the completion process requires summons before a conveyancing court. Both purchaser and vendor must attend in person and consent is given orally as opposed to the signing of contracts. It is well worth enlisting the help of an estate agent therefore who is experienced and knowledgeable of the distinct process.
Guernsey is divided into ten parishes. This does not include the parish of Saint Anne, Alderney or Saint Peter, Sark. White & Company offer removals & storage solutions for the entire area, including:
“To continue the traditions founded in 1871 by providing the quality expected by our clients; backed up by superb packing materials, highly trained crews, effective management and a genuine commitment to customer care and the environment.”
In the unlikely event of something unforeseen occurring, we are very proud to be founder members of the industry’s most prestigious regulators; BAR, FIDI and OMNI. As members of these organisations, we must adhere to strict regulations, standards and regular auditing.
In 2018, White & Company will be attending the annual BAR conference which is being held this year at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel.
Rest assured you can trust White & Company to take care of your personal effects with care and respect from collection to delivery.
Wayne Middleton and Brian Witherford were professional and extremely helpful. Did a brilliant job. Would recommend Whites to anyone. Thanks very much.
Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
The move went very smoothly and they were very polite.
Â A very smooth move by White and Co. The team worked very hard and were polite, professional and helpful.