Removals To France

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Removals To France

Are you considering moving to France and need a reliable removals company to help you manage the move? White & Company have been providing a European removals, packing and storage service for over 145 years and are members of both BAR, FIDI and OMNI. White & Company can provide a local move, or from the UK to France.


The surveyor will need to conduct a home survey to ascertain the volume of effects being shipped. This involves him/her walking through the property room by room noting what items are to be exported and recording it on his electronic tablet.


White & Company has storage facilities at 19 storage locations throughout the UK all providing secure containerised storage in personal dedicated storage containers.


When the client has accepted the quoted price and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at residence. The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being shipped in special breathable bubble wrap.


Upon arrival at your local depot, all effects are transferred to the export warehouse to await loading into a 20ft or 40ft container. The container is booked with the shipping line onto the first available vessel destined to the closest port of entry to your final destination.

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Why Move to France?

France is often seen as an oasis of sun-drenched beaches, bustling bistros and artisan cafes. Culture, climate and an enviable array of à la carte food options are just some of the main reasons spouted in favour of a move to l’Hexagone.

With the rise in budget flights to France, as well as affordable travel alternatives in the form of the Eurostar and the Eurotunnel, France has never been closer to the UK and can be accessed in little over an hour.

Moving to France is not all sunbathing and wine tasting on the Riviera however. The country has a very strong culture and many expats report struggling when they first arrive, with language reported as being the most difficult barrier.

Having said that, those looking to relocate to France can expect to enjoy a slower, more relaxed pace of life, excellent options for schooling and easy transport access to many of France’s main destinations and close European neighbours.

Transporting My Effects To France

Moving can be a very stressful experience but White & Company, with its 145 years of experience in the removal industry, can help make the whole process a lot less traumatic.

White & Company move thousands of families around the globe each year and have branches all over the UK. We can arrange a free no obligation quotation, which is carried out by one of our qualified surveyors, who will be able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have. The surveyor will undertake a thorough survey to determine the volume of effects you wish to move, following which you will receive a written quotation.

Once you have made the decision to move, some of the questions you have may include:

• Which area of France would suit me best?
• Do I want to live in the city on the coast or in the countryside?
• How much will the property cost?

With France being a short flight away from the UK, you can easily contact some of the local estate agents in your areas of interest. They will be happy to provide assistance, arrange viewings and help you with your questions and concerns regarding the legal aspects of buying property abroad.

As you can see, our branches stretch from the Channel Islands to Scotland and with a network of industry partners we are able to provide an exceptional packing, removal, storage and delivery service anywhere in the country. At each branch our team will have a wealth of local knowledge and can liaise with our other branches to make sure your move runs smoothly. As well as taking care of your house move, White & Company is able to offer a whole range of other services.

Contacting White & Company

For further information on our removals to France, to start your new job, or any other international destination, contact our international office on 01489854603. Alternatively complete the form below with your details and we will contact you.

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Our teams across the UK are able to pack your valuable, fragile and bulky furniture. We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move. All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons; furniture can be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection; and items requiring specialist care, such as antiques, can be packed in made-to-measure wooden crates. We can also offer an unpacking service to unpack your belongings onto flat surfaces and dispose of all packing materials.

You may find you need to store some or all of your possessions prior to moving home, or whilst you arrange for work to be carried out on your new home. We have 19 storage locations throughout the UK all providing secure containerised storage in personal dedicated storage containers. All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European standard BS EN 14873.

When planning your move we know the cost of your removals or storage is important too…so when you are ready, either fill in the White & Company extensive online estimates form for a quote or contact your local White & Company branch to arrange a no obligation home visit during which we will explain the process and provide you with an itemised quote.

Working In France

Expats are often attracted to the work-life balance on offer. With a 35-hour working week, plenty of holiday allowance and early retirement packages.

British citizens also do not currently need a visa to move to France. However anyone looking to move permanently is advised to carry a passport, driving licence or other form of visual identification to prove their identity if requested.

The cost of living in France is relatively high. Especially in the larger cities ,such as Paris ,where wages are not necessarily as competitive as those on offer to expats heading to the Middle East or Asia.


Now is still a good time to buy a property in France. According to the latest property market report from the Notaires de France’ while property prices are steadily on the rise after a sluggish market, interest rates are still low and are once again on a downward trend.

The average property price for example, in Brittany, situated on the North-West coastline, comes in at just under €150,000.

Buying a property in France is generally a straightforward and well-regulated process, although the process differs slightly from the UK.

The most notable differences being that it is the buyer who pays the agents fees, not the seller and the commission charged is usually a bit higher, at around 6 – 10%.

The following site contains advice on purchasing a property and has a selection of homes for sale:


In terms of Schooling, France is reported to have one of the best education systems in the world and there is a range of very good schools to choose from, depending on the age of your child.

The majority of expats choose to educate their children at an international school. This option eliminates any concerns surrounding the language barrier and children are able to follow the curriculum of the expat’s home country.

The following web site provides useful information on helping you find a suitable international school:

Currency Conversion

The official currency in France is the euro (€). Most credit and debit cards are accepted in France and ATMs can easily be found across the country.

There is a good selection of local and international banks and opening a bank account is a simple and straightforward process.

When moving overseas making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with an FX Firm.

Simply call us on Tel: 01494-857672 or follow the link to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free account:

Local Information & Healthcare

Despite being so close in proximity to the UK, the culture and social norms in France sometimes make it feel as if it is worlds away. Language is often reported as being the most difficult barrier.

As such it would be advisable to learn as much as you can before you go. You might wish to consider enrolling on a French course or signing up for a programme on a language app like Duolingo.

Once you arrive in France you are legally obliged to have health insurance in place. Most people will qualify to be covered by the state French health insurance (sécurité sociale) and will need to register with Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM).

It is worth noting however that this doesn’t cover all medical costs, so if you want to top up your insurance coverage then you may wish to consider taking out private health insurance.

Information on local taxes can be found here:

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Providing European Removals since 1871

We recommend a visit from one of our Surveyors for all European moves, so that we can assess your requirements, and the volume of goods to be moved.

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