Professional Removals To France From UK

Total Moving Solutions offer clients a full move management service and with a combined team experience spanning over 20 years in the industry, it is reassuring to know you are in safe hands.

Moving house within Europe? Then you are in the right place. Our managed move services are covering all of Europe, we can complete your move from and to any European country. Please call or click for a quick quote, or read through the many relocation services that we can offer.

Total Moving Solutions are a leading removals specialist, moving families and business to and from Europe, along with many international destinations. We have helped thousands of families and business with their Removals to Europe and from Europe back to the UK and care passionately about the removals industry


Our shipping services include:

  • Packing service for removals to and from France – we ensure that the goods are packed professionally & inventoried accurately. By packing ourselves we can also ensure that there aren’t any items going that may cause issues at customs.
  • Part load removals from France to UK and from UK to France – for single items or small moves we run a regular part Load removals service from France and to France, whereby your possessions will be moved with other people’s possessions, in order to keep the costs down.
  • House move to France – for entire properties we provide a “Dedicated Service” which involves us loading your possessions directly into the truck and moving your effects from your property directly to the new address.
  • Removals from France if returning back from overseas we are able to collect your goods for you.
  • Storage in France – we can provide you with a storage solution in France if required.
  • Removals insurance – we provide insurance for your shipments – follow that link for more information.
  • Specialist services – we are more than happy to deal with antiques, pianos and awkward access, so long as have plenty of note beforehand.

FIDI Customs Guide – France
Find out more information about customs rules when moving to France

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Why use us?

With the partnerships we have, we have the flexibility to overcome any issues which could arise, giving clients peace of mind and reassurance when booking with Total Moving Solutions.

Moving to France

It’s an exciting time as you begin to experience inter-connecting countries, glorious history and stunning, diverse natural beauty.

France, officially known as the French Republic, is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in Western Europe and is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain. It also includes a number of islands and overseas territories.

British citizens do not need a visa to permanently move to France. However, anyone living or travelling in France must be able to prove their identity using a valid passport, a photo driving licence or other documentation provided by a government body. You will also need to register with your local CPAM in order to obtain a social security card for health care, called a “Carte Vitale”.

Total Moving Solutions operates regular road services throughout Europe, for anyone moving to France or relocating in Europe. The destinations range from the Netherlands to France, and from Finland to Greece, whilst the popular offshore destinations – such as the Canary Islands, Balearics, Malta and Cyprus – are covered by our International services by sea.

Removals To France FAQ Guide And Moving Checklist

Moving home to France after Brexit

In the transition period following the UK leaving the EU, (up until 31st December 2020), free movement of goods and personal effects between the UK and EU / EEA countries, continues.

Therefore, shipping of personal effects and household goods to your home in France can continue as before. Some changes to residency status may apply since Brexit, so you should seek advice on your personal situation.

Once the transition period ends and Brexit takes full effect, regulations for shipping and removals to European countries may change.

Total Moving Solutions offers removals to France that are hassle-free – we will take care of all your paperwork and customs.

Moving out: Before the removal men arrive, be clear in what they are contracted to do and what you are expected to do. If in doubt, ask the surveyor or a member of our staff. Ordinarily, both householder and the removal men have fairly defined responsibilities (though a measure of flexibility on both sides is of course desirable)

Children: Children, who are naturally curious and can easily get in the way, may potentially be injured. The younger ones are best left with a neighbour or friend until it is time to leave.

Swings/Climbing frames: Generally dismantling these is one job you will do yourself, but be careful not to lose the bolts. If wish us to arrange dismantling please discuss this with our surveyor

Garage/Shed: Tie together garden tools, and prepare items to be lifted straight onto the vehicle.

Self assembly furniture: If you have any furniture of the home assembly type particularly if made of chipboard, please note that we recommend dismantling units before the move, as the joints are seldom strong enough to survive even careful handling if the furniture is moved whilst still assembled.

Washing machines: Secure your washing machine drum, and disconnect from water supply and electric.

Books: Books are very heavy, use our book cartons as they are smaller and easier to manage.

China & glass: Wrap each item individually in packing paper or bubble wrap, packing the heavier items first with lighter pieces on top. Remember that plates and dishes are packed vertically and not laid flat.

Moving in: Make sure that you (or some other responsible person) is on hand to admit the removal men. If no-one is there and a reasonable waiting time expires, you could find yourself landed with storage and re-delivery charges. Enquire how long the vehicle will wait should you be inadvertently delayed on the way. It can also save time and confusion if you stand at the entrance and specify the location of each item as it is carried in.
Helping the move along: If you follow the guidelines suggested on this page you will find the removal men themselves responding to your good sense with extra efficiency and relaxed good humour. You can also help the move along by remembering to pack the kettle last. A cup of tea all round is a gesture always much appreciated.

Tipping: There is, of course, no obligation to tip the men, but, as with all personal services, people like to reward extra attention, willing good humour or a job well done. If you feel that a reward has been earned, the driver or packer in charge will distribute any gratuity given amongst the crew.

Who to tell

Utility Bills: Gas, Electricity, Water & Telephone
Banks/Building Society: Credit cards, standing orders
Doctors: Dentist, Medical Care & Private health care
Insurance: House, Contents, Car & Life insurance
Your Landlord
Your Tenants
Professional Advisors
: Solicitors, Accountant
 TV Licence
TV Rental
Your Employer
National Insurance/DHSS
Premium Bonds
Post Office:
 Mail Redirection
Local Authority: Removal from electoral register
Insurance Companies: Household insurance, vehicle insurance

Your Personal arrangements

Here are the issues that should be addressed well ahead of time to ensure smooth transition to your new life abroad.

Passports and visas: for yourself and your family
Work permit: if needed
Inoculations: for yourself, your family and your pets
Travel bookings completed
Tickets received
Overseas accommodation booked
International driver’s licence
Traveller’s cheques and currency
Charge cards issued

Overseas banking arrangements/funds transferred
Power of Attorney
Income Tax refund arrangements
Personal accident and medical insurance: for yourself and your family
Insurance for your valuable possessions
Arrange care and transportation of your pets: They hate moving more than humans and so need special attention.

There are a few factors that will impact the cost which includes the origin and destination address, however, the main driving factor will be the volume of your consignment.

The Total Moving Solutions team welcomes having a chat with our customers to better understand your requirements and to provide a free no-obligation quote for your upcoming move.

However, as a large number of people move from the UK to France every year, the cost may be much less than you think when you consider the distances involved from say London to Marseille or Nice.

We undertake household removals and shipping from every part of the UK and Ireland to anywhere in France.

Some of the popular French city destinations include:

  • Paris
  • Marseille
  • Lyon
  • Toulouse
  • Nice
  • Nantes
  • Montpellier
  • Strasbourg
  • Bordeaux
  • Lille

Other popular areas for ex-pats and property buyers to move to in France include:

  • Brittany
  • Cannes
  • Chamonix
  • Corsica
  • Dordogne
  • French Riviera
  • Grenoble
  • Lake Geneva
  • Languedoc
  • Brittany
  • Poitous-Charentes
  • Provence

We also deliver to Moanco and Monte Carlo.

As the UK has now left the EU, we require the following documents from customers:

  • Proof of your UK Residency for 12 + months
  • Proof of Residency for your French Address
  • Proof of ID – Passport
  • Valued Inventory of your items

Most of our customers opt for a cost-effective method of transporting their items which is known as a Groupage/Part Load Service and we estimate that delivery will take place within approximately 7 – 14 days.
For other customers who require a faster service and budget is not an issue, we offer a dedicated service which provides them sole use of a vehicle and could see them receiving their items in as little as 1-3 days, subject to collection and drop off locations.

We can put you in contact with a trusted partner who can facilitate relocating your pets abroad.
All documentation and required veterinary procedures will be coordinated by them on your behalf, making relocation of your beloved pets as stress free as possible.

We certainly do. Total Moving Solutions have teamed up with currency specialists FairFX who offer fantastic exchange rates on your money transfers.
Listed on the London Stock Exchange, FairFX offers an alternative to using your bank when sending money overseas through their International payments service.
The financial savings you can make by using FairFX could contribute towards the costs of using a removal company.

Unfortunately, following Brexit the answer is yes.
Customers wishing to relocate to France will need to apply for a Long-stay Visa to live there for a period of more than 90 days. Upon receiving confirmation of a successful application, customers will then have a year after arrival in France to apply and obtain a residence permit.