Our removals service
We offer weekly removals services to and from Rennes.
This includes either full load consignments that take your belongings directly 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 Rennes.
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 Rennes
We offer weekly removals services to and from Rennes.
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.
With full load services our team will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household items exclusively onto our own fleet of trucks.
If you are moving with fewer items or are staggering your move to France 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 in Rennes will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly. They will 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 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.
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Preparing for Your Move
Located in the stunning Brittany region of France, Rennes has been named the best city for expats to live in France by various studies and polls.
An international city with a large student population but a ‘small town vibe’, Rennes is a popular choice for expats looking for a taste of ‘la douceur de vivre’, meaning the sweet life, without breaking the bank.
If you are planning to move to this dynamic city, it is wise to enlist the help of a good removal company familiar with the region.
White & Company have been transporting household items and goods to Rennes for many years and can make the process run smoothly.
Navigating the tricky town centre, driving through small country lanes or using the busy French Autoroutes we will ensure your personal effects get to you quickly and safely.
Our experienced moving team can plan your move to precision and help put you at ease, answering any questions you might have about the process of moving to France.
Below are some useful tips to consider before you move to Rennes:
- Documentation – You will need to register with the Office Français de l‘Immigration et de l’Intégration (OFII) within three months of arriving. After the UK leaves the EU you may need to register with the French authorities through a new registration system.
- Healthcare – You need to register with CPAM (Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie), this is where you lodge your claim for health cover, and claim your reimbursements following treatment. You may wish to apply for private health insurance for additional cover.
- Research – Before you buy a property do your research and consult independent legal advice. Most properties In city centres will be expensive apartments but the further outside of the centre you venture you’ll find larger plots of lands and even some estates.
- Rent before you buy – Renting first allows you to time to take greater stock of what matters most to you and your family, from commuting times to work and school to access to local leisure facilities.
- Secure school places – As a university town, Rennes has access to a wide selection of good schools, state schools, private schools, or international and bilingual schools. Many International schools are in high demand so secure a place early to avoid disappointment.
- Vaccinate and microchip your pets and obtain the necessary paperwork they need to move with you.
- Start taking French lessons before you go, to help integrate quicker and gain higher paid work.
Popular Destinations We Cover in Rennes
- La Chapelle-Chaussée
- La Chapelle-des-Fougeretz
- La Chapelle-Thouarault
- Orgères, Ille-et-Vilaine
- Le Rheu
- Le Verger
Buying in Rennes is definitely a good investment. After a shaky couple of years which saw property prices decline across the region of Brittany, prices have begun to stabilise and yet despite this Rennes still ranks among one of France’s most affordable cities.
The city centre boasts a number of high-timber framed houses that date back to the 16th century. But there are also newer style apartments and larger detached family homes outside of the centre.
Due to the high proportion of students living in the city and attending Rennes University, it also has a thriving buy-to-let market. Prices in the centre are very affordable (averaging around €3,334 euros per square metre, compared to €10,567 euros in Paris).
As long as you are an EU citizen, there are no restrictions when buying property in Rennes.
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).
France has a dense network of medical practitioners, and there are doctors’ surgeries (called ‘cabinets’) even in very small towns.
The healthcare system in France is very well regarded and was ranked number one in the world by the World Health Organization the last time it carried out ranked reviews.
Expats are eligible for public healthcare providing they can prove they’ve been consistently living in France for at least three months.
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).
Rennes has well-developed national road, rail and air links. Local transport is based primarily on an extensive bus network (consisting of 65 lines) and travel is cheap, clean and efficient.
The city’s light metro line offers services across France. Its main railway station, the Gare de Rennes, is one hour twenty-seven minutes away by TGV high speed train from Paris. It also operates direct services to other major cities including Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Strasbourg.
The city is an important hub of Brittany’s motorway network and is surrounded by a ring road known as the Rocade (national road 136) which connects it to many other towns and cities in France.
Saint-Malo can be reached in 45 minutes, Nantes in 1 hour, Brest in 2 hours and 30 minutes and Paris in just under 4 hours.
Rennes Brittany Airport (Saint-Jacques) is located 4 miles from the centre of the city and has long-standing flight connections to destinations all over Europe and beyond.
As the city enjoys a very healthy economy, there is plenty of opportunities for expat employment.
Being able to speak French will give you a much greater advantage and will certainly ensure that you get a higher paid position.
The local economy is primarily based around agricultural products for export and for distribution within the region and across France in general.
Other possible areas of employment include car manufacturing, telecommunications and the digital sector, (France Telecom currently employs around 1200 workers). Other large firms located in Rennes include the restaurant conglomerate Groupe Le Duff and PSA Peugeot Citroën.
If you’re ambitious and looking to start a company of your own then Rennes may be the perfect place for it. A recent study revealed Rennes to be one of the best locations in France to start a business in France.
Low business rates and a massive talent pool to choose from with the university on your doorstop were just two of the main reasons why many are favouring Rennes for their new venture.
Rennes often ranks among France’s greenest cities, with a massive 42 m² of green space per resident.
The stunning Parc du Thabor is a favourite picnic spot for families and students but if that doesn’t take your fancy fear not for there are a whopping 59 other city parks to choose from.
The Rennes tourist board may be biased but it’s not kidding when it declares the city to be France’s new face of gastronomy’. From trendy bistros to creperies and Michelin star restaurants, there are no shortage of great eateries and fresh food markets to choose from.
Of course, as a university city it is not short of nightlife and entertainment. Rue Saint Michel, nicknamed Rue de la Soif (or ‘Street of Thirst’) is full of bars set in old 16th century houses and is great place to hang out after work or unwind in over the weekend.
Another attribute of Rennes is its central location in the heart of Brittany, which makes it an ideal base for exploring the region. Some of the most popular trips include Mont Saint-Michel with its famous bay and the cobbled streets of Dinan one of the most picturesque Breton towns.
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.