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​ Shipping Your Possessions to France

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Every year, millions of people pour into France to see what makes it the most refined country in the world. Paris holds countless famous attractions, including the Eiffel Tower. France offers more than just beautiful monuments and breathtaking landscapes. France is also famous for producing the world's most extraordinary wines.

To make your move to France a positive experience, make sure to give yourself enough time to prepare. To be safe, start preparing for the move at least two months before move day. During this time, collect all the supplies you will need for moving and take inventory of all your items.

  • White Packing Paper
  • Boxes (Wardrobe Boxes)
  • Colored Tabs
  • Permanent Marker
  • Labels

Get Your Paperwork in Order

Before you can ship anything to France, you will need to have all the right documentation. Keep all your documents somewhere safe and close to you at all times during your move. Consider using a briefcase or piece of luggage you can store easily.

  • Original Passport
  • Signed Inventory List
  • Bill of Lading
  • Certificat de Changement de Residence
  • Certificat de Non Cession
  • Proof of Residence in France
  • Proof of Residence Abroad

Items You Should Avoid Shipping

Avoid hipping hazardous item such as dangerous chemicals, weapons or alcohol. Shipping items such as these will slow down the customs clearance process. Make sure to ask a representative of the moving company about any items you are uncertain of.

How Do I Ship a Car to France?

If you will be staying in France for an extended period of time or are moving there, call an international auto hauling company who specializes in shipping to France. Having your own vehicle accessible to you will make daily living much more convenient. Like anything you ship, your vehicle will need to pass customs clearance.

Auto hauling companies offer various forms of safe, low-cost shipping solutions. Usually, you can receive a free quote over the phone. Make sure to have your vehicle seen by a mechanic before the ship date.

How Much to Move Household Belongings to France?

It is best to get multiple quotes when moving to France. According to A-1 Auto Transport the cost to move a 4-bedroom home from Houston to Paris would be in the range of $7,400 to $10,000. On the other hand, if you have a smaller 2-bedroom home you would only pay $4,000 to $5,500.

How Are My Possessions Protected during the Shipping Process?

Do thorough research on the company before hiring them to ship your possessions. Make sure to ask the company what kind of insurance policy they carry. Moving companies must provide a certain level of insurance to carry cargo by law.

Packing your goods correct will be your greatest defense against any potential threats. Moving experts use the most efficient tools on the market to ship household goods. Often times, moving companies sell packing materials as well.

Protecting Your Health during a Move

No one who has had to move will dispute the fact that moving is one of the most difficult things to have to go through. It can take a toll on your body as well as emotions if you do not take the proper precautions. To avoid an injury while moving, make sure to follow the tips listed below,

  • Never lift more than you can handle
  • Bend at the knees when lifting
  • Do not carry boxes over your shoulder
  • Keep aisles and stairs free from tripping hazards
  • Keep small children at a safe distance from where the movers will be working
  • Keep hazardous chemicals, firearms and sharp objects out of reach from children.

France can be even more enjoyable if you bring your car and other possessions with you, follow these steps to feel more "at home" in this great country! 

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Melissa what do I need to buy a property in France?

I am an international buyer coming from other parts of Europe and want to know what do I need to do to buy a property in French riviera for example?

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