Our removals service
We offer weekly removals services to and from Nice.
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 Nice.
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 Nice
Our dedicated team in Nice will ensure that all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly and arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods.
Upon arrival at your local depot all effects are transferred to the export warehouse to await loading into a 20ft or 40ft container.
White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots, with 19 strategically placed storage facilities throughout the UK and France to choose from.
White & Company are 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.
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Preparing for Your Move
Set on the sparkling Mediterranean coastline of the French Riviera next door to the iconic film festival of Cannes, Nice is an exotic location that is popular among mover and shakers and holiday makers alike.
Moving to Nice from the UK is a different prospect than moving locally. Even if you’ve holidayed extensively on the French Riviera, living here is very different and there will be lots to plan and account for.
Below are some useful tips to consider before you move to Nice:
- Register – After UK leaves the EU on 29 March 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.
- Research – before you buy a property and consult independent legal advice – the further outside of the centre you venture you’ll find larger plots of lands and even some estates.
- Consider renting before you buy – There is no shortage of rental properties in Nice, but competition is fierce. As with many holiday destinations, landlords can make more money on holiday lets than long term rentals.
- Secure work prior to leaving – Nice is known as the ‘City of Tomorrow’ and is one of Europe’s largest tech hubs with several large tech firms headquartered here as well as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
- Start taking French lessons – As tourism is Nice’s main industry, working knowledge of French will significantly boost your job prospects.
Popular Destinations We Cover in Nice
- Old Town (“Vieux Nice”) Old Town is the centuries-old heart of the city, and for most of its history was distinctly demarcated from the rest of Nice by the river Paillon
- Jean-Médecin, New Town.
- Le Port
- The Promenade
As a port town this area of Nice is seen as the go to location for those looking for excellent harbour views and good local seafood restaurants away from the crowds of tourists at the beach. The sea front, encompassing the Promenade des Anglais is also popular.
One of the most popular neighbourhoods is the Vieux Nice area where you will find some very upmarket and trendy apartments. The Old Town is also sought after but highly expensive.
Suburbs such as Cimiez, Saint Roch, and Saint Maurice offer more affordable flats to rent long term. Cimiez was Queen Victoria’s favour hangout and is chock full of villa properties and picnic areas perfect for young families.
The health care system in France is made up of a fully-integrated network of public hospitals, private hospitals, doctors and other medical service providers.
The French system is a universal service providing health care for every citizen and is funded through social contributions levied on all salaries.
The state covers the majority of the costs, however most residents are asked to pay into a ‘mutuelle’, which is a top-up health insurance to cover the remaining costs.
For those moving permanently or longer than three months you must register with a primary doctor (médecins traitant) to be eligible for these services.
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).
To research local doctors and hospital services in Nice click here.
For many expats Nice is the ideal relocation destination. With scorching summers and mild winters with little rain and snow fall, Nice is a beautifully scenic location with no shortage of outdoor activities.
Despite its size Nice is a compact city easy to explore, with most places of interest focussed around the central area where you will find many interesting and historical and cultural attractions.
Nice packs a punch in terms of gastronomic appeal with a range of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets, from Michelin-starred restaurants to cosy little bistros.
Its citizens, called the Niçoise have a trendy reputation and are well dressed thanks to the city’s 7,000 shops which stock everything from designer brands to artisan crafts.
Some of the cities headline attractions include:
Vieille Ville – the picturesque Old Town is a great place to wander and people watch in one of the al fresco dining areas.
Parc de la Colline du Château (Castle Hill Park) – sitting on a hill overlooking the Nice coastline the castle offers panoramic views and an oasis of green shady areas with waterfall features.
Nice hosts many festivals throughout the year, such as the Nice Carnival and the Nice Jazz Festival.
Named after the Reverend Lewis Way and developed in 1820 at his own expense, the Promenade des Anglais stretches for around 7km and is popular among local skateboarders.
Although it is a relatively straight forward process for EU citizens to purchase property in Nice, it is always wise to hire the services of an English-speaking realtor.
The cost of real estate is surprisingly affordable compared to central London or Paris. As a price guide, you can expect to pay approximately €4800 (£4135) per square metre for an apartment located in the centre of Nice. For a similar property on the outskirts this drops to €3750 (£3230).
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).
How can I enrol my child at a school in Nice?
It is compulsory for all children resident in France to attend school between the ages of six and 16.
Many expats send their children to an international school where they can attend school with other children from their home country and follow an international programme like the IB. Term times follow the same pattern as the main schools.
There are two main schools of this kind in Nice and the Riviera:
Nice is an easy city to navigate thanks to its extensive range of public transport which consists of buses and tramways.
The main railway station is Nice-Ville and is served both by high speed TGV trains connecting Paris and Nice in less than six hours. The city also operates international connections to Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, and Russia.
The Velobleu (blue cycbikes) are also a popular alternative to cars in the area. They can be hired with the tap of a smart phone app and operated throughout the city, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As the most southern point of continental France nearest to Corsica, Nice also operates ferry connections developed with the arrival of NGV (navires à grande vitesse) or high-speed craft.
The closest airport is Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and is located around five miles from the centre of Nice.
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.