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Moving your home to Europe is a bit more complex than moving within the UK, especially since Brexit and the introduction of Customs clearance into the process. It's more important than ever to choose a professional European Removal company to help with your move, but it can be confusing to work out who to trust.
This guide helps you through the process of finding and selecting the right European Mover for you. We've got lots of advice and tips to help you safely move your belongings to Europe, while you save money and moving costs.
This guide will help you understand what services and types of companies are available, how to choose the right options for you and how to get the most from your moving budget for your big move to Europe.
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European Removal companies pack, load transport and deliver your household furniture and personal belongings so they arrive safely and securely at your new home with as little stress for you as possible.
A removal company will take on most of the hard work of making your physical move, and guide you through everything else to take away that stress for you. Since Brexit, this support is more important than ever as moves going to or from the UK must clear Customs: requiring official paperwork to be completed and processes to be followed.
As an overview your movers will typically help with the following:
We've broken this down and given lots more detail in our article "What do European Removal Companies do?" if you'd like to learn more about how they can help.
Different services may be available depending on the type of company you are using for your move. Typically full service professional removal companies will offer:
Some removal companies can even help you find a new home, set up technology, relocate your pets or help you with the inventory check when you move into/out of a rental home!
We've broken this down and given lots more detail in our article "what services do European removal companies provide?" if you'd like help choosing which options are right for you.
If you're moving from the UK to mainland Europe your move will typically go by road (with a short transit for the vehicle by rail or sea to cross the channel).
It's common to be offered 3 main options for transport to suit your schedule and budget.
We've broken these options down and given lots more detail in our article 'European transport options for household goods' if you'd like help choosing which services are right for you.
Door to door transit time depends on:
We've broken this down and given lots more detail in our article 'How long do European removals take' if you want to find out more.
European removals costs are different for each customer. They vary based on your personal requirement but are typically calculated on the following:
We've broken this down and given lots more detail in our article 'How much do European removals cost' if you want to find out more, including why you may receive different costs from different moving companies.
How do you choose from hundreds of web search results to find reputable European moving companies that are right for you?
Unless you already know who you want to move with then 3 is the magic number as 3 quotes helps you make good comparisons to ensure you're getting an accurate quote and best value for money.
Getting a pre-move Survey is the most accurate way to get a fixed quote for your European move and to avoid any surprise extra costs. This should be free and no obligation, regardless of method - most companies offer in-home or virtual video surveys, with some also offering self survey forms.
A pre-move consultation helps the mover to:
Find out more about pre-move surveys and how to get the most out of yours in our guide: "Your international removals survey - a guide to your pre-move consultation"
You can also check out our handy list of questions to ask European removal companies to help you find out what you need to know during the visit.
European removal companies all have their own format for showing costs and service specifications so it's essential to look for the key elements to ensure you're comparing like for like. This includes volume, transit time, method of shipment, inclusions/exclusions and additional fees.
Make sure every company has made their own assessment, rather than rely on the survey/assumptions of another. Once you're sure everyone has based their quote on the same information you can evaluate against what's important to you, including:
Read our guide Comparing quotes for European Removals to find out how to evaluate carefully to select the right mover for you.
A European move is somewhere between a UK move and an International move. There are higher risks than a move entirely within the UK because of the longer journey time and the complexities of customs clearance.
For this reason, we recommend choosing a certified international mover to protect yourself and maximise the chance of a great move experience. Typically they will have been independently pre-vetted to ensure they are qualified, experienced and meet high quality standards.
The two main international removals industry-specific accreditations to look out for are:
Read our guide "Which certifications should my international moving company have?" to find out why.
Most people start to arrange quotes for removals around 2-3 months before you want your items packed and moved. If your move date is likely to be in peak periods like summer or school holidays it's advisable to start the process ASAP to get the best rates and avoid your preferred mover being booked up.
If you don’t know your move dates yet don’t worry, let the removal company know your provisional or target dates and then finalise these once you know more.
Most companies will ask you to pay in advance for your move, typically on booking or at least 7 days before your move date. If you are worried, make sure your mover is a member of the British Association of Removers who offer an advance payment guarantee to protect your money once you've paid.