Our removals service
We offer weekly removals services to and from Montpellier.
This includes either full load consignments that take your belongings direct from point A to B, or part loads that are delivered shortly after your arrival.
Our extensive fleet of vehicles, specialist local knowledge and experienced staff make us the standout choice for all removals to Montpellier.
We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation, carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. They will answer any questions you have and offer advice where necessary.
The survey will determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The total cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in our vehicles.
Regular removals to Montpellier
We offer weekly full or part load services to Montpellier and destinations all over France.
With full load services our team will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household items exclusively onto our own fleet of trucks and will deliver a door-to-door service.
If you are moving with fewer items or are staggering your move to Montpellier you may want to opt for a part load service.
The service is completely the same but we will combine several customers’ loads onto one high-capacity truck to save time and reduce transport costs.
Our dedicated team will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly to give you complete peace of mind.
White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots, with 19 strategically placed storage facilities throughout the UK and Montpellier to choose from.
White & Company are founder members of the British Association of Removers, FIDI & OMNI, the voices of the removals industry both in the UK and internationally.
All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European Standard BS EN 14873.
Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged or things go amiss. White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process, that’s why we offer limited liability insurance.
Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend that you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit and/or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.
Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such Marine Insurance Cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.
Moving to Montpellier? Get a removals quote
Preparing for Your Move
As exciting as the prospect of moving to Montpellier may sound, moving to France is very different than moving anywhere in the UK.
White & Company have been transporting household items and goods to Montpellier for many years and can make the process run smoothly on the day.
We know exactly what to expect having carried out many a successful move to France, navigating everything from complicated French traffic and parking laws to narrow cobbled streets.
Below are some useful tips to consider before you move to Montpellier:
- Register – After the UK leaves the EU you will need to register with the French authorities through a new registration system. If the implementation period agreed between the EU and the UK in the Withdrawal Agreement comes into effect, you would have until at least July 2021 to apply for the new residency status in France.
- Working conditions – France has often held a reputation as a place of boozey two-hour lunches but this is fast changing. The French have strong labour laws and a generous holiday allocation (over 10 days more than the average UK worker).
- Language – Whether you are retiring, attending university or moving with children, learning French will make your experience so much better. French classes are easy to find and fun to attend and perfect for making new friends.
- Rent or buy – Buying is a big decision to make and one not to be taken lightly. Renting first will give you an opportunity to investigate the whole area before choosing where you think is best to suit your family and particular circumstances.
- Education – Depending on the ages of your child, your choice may vary, however, it is good to know that whatever you decide, education provision in Montpellier is excellent.
- Taxes and Pensions – You may have to handle certain tax and pension issues differently when you are living in France. Speak to a financial advisor or visit an expat forum online and speak to those who have already been through the process.
Popular Destinations We Cover in Montpellier
- Les Beaux-Arts
- Port Marianne
Located in the Occitanie region in the south of France, Montpellier is student-friendly city with a more relaxed working culture than Paris and Marseille but still strong nonetheless.
It’s café culture and artisan bakeries personify the archetypical French lifestyle that so many expats come to emulate.
Below are some of the most popular areas for expats to live:
Antigone –Elegant, stylish and upmarket, Antigone is a popular spot for working professionals and families with a kilometre-long pedestrianised zone. Located next to the historic old town and the River Le, homes in this area are very expensive.
Les Beaux-Arts district – Just north-east of the historic centre in Montpellier, this hipster area feels more like a village and is teething with students, artists and locals.
Gambetta – An upcoming and sociable area with cheaper than average properties. There is lots to do and because of the strong North African influence, there is no lack of markets.
Boutonnet – Another popular student hideout. Located north of downtown Montpellier it is a relatively new neighbourhood. Rue du Faubourg Boutonnet is at its heart and it is here that you’ll find shops, cafes and bars and cheap apartments.
Arceaux – Similar to Les Beaux-Arts, it too has a village feel but it is more popular with young families and is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Montpellier. Its historic centre has a regular market held under the beautiful aqueduct arches.
European citizens can attend and receive medical services from any French doctor using their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if they are visiting France temporarily.
For those moving permanently or longer than three months you must register with a primary doctor (médecins traitant).
To register with a doctor in France you will need to complete a form and return it to your doctor who will register with the local Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM).
Montpellier’s location on the Mediterranean coast means that the city can offer visitors a temperate climate and more sunny days than most other French cities.
Between spring and autumn is a beautiful time with temperatures ranging between 18 – 22 degrees.
The summer months (June – August) are hot and temperatures regularly reach the low to mid 30-degree mark.
The coldest month is January, but even then, the temperature rarely dips below 5 or 6 degrees.
Laws vary depending on the type of property purchased, but there are no restrictions on foreigners buying property in Montpellier.
There are various steps to owning property in France but the major ones are:
Decide which area you’d like to live in.
Find a property that matches your needs and budget.
Engage a French estate agent to draw up the agreement between buyer and seller (Note the buyer covers all of the legal fees and taxes, which usually amount to 7.5 % of the purchase price).
Sign a compromis de vente – a preliminary agreement between both parties.
Engage a notaire (lawyer) to carry out the relevant checks including land registry, ownership rights, boundaries, and rights of way.
Sign an acte de vente (a sale contract).
Montpellier is a relatively compact city, so getting around is easy. There are numerous ways to travel, including walking, bicycle, bus, train, tram and taxis.
The public transport system is comprehensive and reasonably priced. Bus transport conveniently uses the same tickets and day passes as Montpellier’s trams. In general, tram transport frequently travels during the day, but not as often during the evening.
Montpellier St. Roch is the main train station, from here you can get to most major towns and cities including Paris, Lille, Lyon, Valence and Nice.
Montpellier Méditerranée Airport is situated on the outskirts of the city. The airport operates services to the major airports in France and the rest of Europe.
What Others Say…
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.
A very smooth move by White and Co. The team worked very hard and were polite, professional and helpful.