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Dutch Dreams

Holland is a wonderful country with a very rich culture, a liberal and enlightened attitude to life in general and friendly locals who are proud to welcome visitors and immigrants alike. It is no wonder that moving to Holland is a very attractive option to many British citizens. However, the thought of transporting all of your possessions to a new apartment in Amsterdam, relocating to Rotterdam or deploying in Den Haag can seem daunting.

At European Removal Experts, we can guarantee that relocating to Holland will be a pleasurable and positive experience. Our well maintained fleet of vehicles and professional drivers and removals men will carefully pack and transport all of your items at any location in the United Kingdom and make sure that every single piece of property arrives safely and securely in you new Dutch home. The decision to relocate should not be taken lightly, but once you made a well considered decision in moving to Holland, the last thing you need is any added stress over the thought of possessions and properly being damaged in transit or going missing. Our vast experience of the European transport system allows us to plan all of our routes precisely and ensures that we always choose the quickest but safest routes from A to B, whether you move to Holland or indeed, anywhere else in Europe. We feel confident that you will experience Dutch delights before you know it and any stressful thoughts will quickly evaporate in the ether once you choose to trust our prestigious firm with your removals requirements.

Belgium – Truly Cosmopolitan

Europe is a world leader for its cultural diversity, and this is in part thanks to a long history of immigration between nations; however, some parts of Europe are particularly cosmopolitan – and a nation such as Belgium is uniquely so, thanks to its rich diversity of cultures and languages.

One of the reasons why Belgium is so culturally rich is due to the diversity of official languages, and associated cultural input. Anyone moving to Belgium will immediately notice that there is no single dominant language and Dutch, French and German are spoken and taught in schools as official languages.

To confound the matter there are also loads of minority languages spoken there as well, including “Walloon“ and even Yiddish. This prevalence of diverse languages in the nation might seem daunting to anyone moving to Belgium from the UK, maybe with nothing more than a bit of GCSE French to go on, however, instead, it should comfort the British emigre that Belgium is so welcoming of immigrants to the nation.

As well as a diversity of languages, Belgium enjoys a truly unique culture; and the cuisine of Belgium, for example, greatly benefits from a variety of cultural influences; and in particular there is a strong influence from French cooking styles – which can only be a good thing!

So, whilst Belgium mightn’t be the top of your list for European destinations, moving to Belgium could be the portal onto a truly satisfying life – amongst one of the most special and diverse cultures on the planet!

Switzerland – Lessons in Education

Anyone considering moving to Switzerland from the UK will be comforted by the obvious similarities in culture or infrastructure between the  nations, however, there are always going to be differences between European nations – whether its the food or the health care etc. One of the most pertinent differences between European nations are the differences in education standards, and arguably the UK does not have the best reputation when it comes to this important aspect of daily life.

By contrast, Switzerland has a world renowned reputation for education, and therefore this alone could be a great reason for moving to Switzerland; but why exactly is it that the Swiss have an impeccable reputation for education, whereas we don’t?

Well it is perhaps unfair to suggest that the Swiss experience in regards to education is far superior than that of the UK, however there are certainly differences; and therefore if you are moving to Switzerland then you should be prepared for a significantly different way of doing things.

The most immediate thing that you’ll notice is different when moving to Switzerland, is quite obviously, the languages; however, far from being a drawback in Swiss education it is perhaps one of its best features, and arguably the key to Swiss education is the fact that kids are obliged to learn four official languages, which is an organic way to help them develop there mental dexterity from an early age.

Moving to Germany – What to Do About Insurance?

Germany is one of the most vibrant countries in the world, and due to its similar culture/infrastructure when compared to the UK, for a Brit moving to Germany shouldn’t be too much of an upheaval; however, just like with any move, whether you’re moving to France or moving to Germany, careful consideration should be paid to insurance – which will work in your favour down the line.

On one level, it is important – depending of course on the value of what you’re are taking with you – that you insure any particularly valuable item that you are taking with you, of course this isn’t just a consideration when moving to Germany – and insurance is important where ever your moving, but particularly so the further your goods are going, where loss or damage etc are more likely.

Unlike the UK, if you are moving to Germany you will require heath insurance, which will be deducted from your income over there depending on your income; however, if you are moving there from the UK on a temporary basis then there is an EU agreement that you will be covered, providing you have filed the right forms before your trip.

Of course the best way to be sure about whether you are covered or not, and if, for example, your current insurance (ie. from your own country) is applicable in Germany is to check with your provider – remember, despite the collaboration between EU countries there are still significant differences that can complicate temporary or permanent moves.

Advice for an Emigre in France

France and England have had a stormy relationship in recent centuries; however, like quarrelling brothers, we know how to make up! Nowadays we enjoy a particularly strong relationship, and cultural solidarity. However, differences still exist between the two nations; therefore moving to France can be a little complicated at times!

Perhaps the most pertinent difference that anyone moving to France will notice is that it is a culture that is pretty much obsessed with legislation; therefore purchasing a property over there can be a lot more difficult than it would be in the UK. This is confounded by the language barrier; therefore it might be a good idea to seek the aid of a translator – or better yet, learn the language! On a related point you should ensure you keep a copy of all of your paperwork, or anything that looks as though it might be important!

While there is a lot of cultural similarity between England and France, there is still bound to be a bit of a culture shock for anybody moving to France. For example, drinking habits are a little different in France, with alcohol being consumed mainly during meals. Of course encountering the idiosyncrasies of a new culture is one of the best things about relocating to a brand-new country; therefore you should take pleasure in getting involved in your new community, and sampling local fare etc.

Moving to France – Things You Don’t Need

Moving to France can be a great change of scenery, however despite the relative ease of moving to another EU country it can still be a very daunting experience. There might be a temptation to take all of your home comforts when you move, however this – depending on what your planning on taking of course – could be a mistake.

So what kinds of things will your definitely not need?

Well considering that France is an highly developed nation you don’t technically need anything, however some things just wont work; for example, certain fittings such as door knobs will be different in France than they are in the UK; therefore, especially if your going over to France to renovate, this could cause an issue.

Electrical goods will also cause a potential issue, and, for example, PAL televisions will only work in monochrome. Also, any electrical items will require an adaptor to work in the plug, and some might not work altogether due to the different voltage. The best advice, when it comes to white goods and electrical items would be to buy them in France, as this will on the one hand ensure that they function, whilst on the other hand save you on removal costs when moving to France.

Whilst some of your UK items aren’t going to work in France, surely one of the best things about moving to France is that you get to try new things, and therefore if you are pining for your home comforts, just think of all that fine wine and cheese!

Finding a French Property

If you are planning on moving to France then the biggest challenge will be to find a property; unfortunately France is a very “document heavy” society and therefore there can be a lot of leg-work before you close the deal; this however, is a little ahead of ourselves! And before you buy a property, quite obviously your going to need to find a property.

The first question your going to need to ask yourself is “why are you moving to France in the first place?” The answer to which will determine the kind of property that will be most suitable to your needs; for example, do you plan on living in France for a certain number of months of the year or are looking for a permanent residence?

Of course, your perfect property will be a matter of personal taste, however as a general rule a pied-à-terre (literally meaning foot on the ground) – which is a small place – will be perfectly suited as a temporary or “short-term” residence.

Also, if you are moving to France on a temporary rather than permanent basis, then it is likely that you will be in France for the warmer months, and therefore issues like insulation and heating costs may not be as permanent than if you were moving to France permanently.

Remember, France is a lot bigger than the UK, so moving to France will be markedly different depending on exactly where you plan on moving, for example a move to Paris will have its own challenges, in terms, for example, parking.

Don’t Go Hungry If You Are Moving To France

It’s a sign of the modern times we live in. Take a walk down any high street in the UK today, and you will see shops catering for the people who have moved to Britain from all over the globe. But this phenomena is not restricted to our shores. If you are planning on moving to France, you can be sure that there will be shops there catering for the thousands of Britons who have decided that moving to France is for them. But before you get too excited about the possibility of being able to buy your favourite foods, its worth pointing out that in some rural areas of the country, you will be hard pushed to find English food.

Many large supermarkets in France stock a range of international products which should mean you will find old favourites like baked beans, Marmite, Typhoo tea bags and HP sauce on the UK shelf. There is one thing to bear in mind if you are moving to France and want to keep in touch with your British taste buds. While you may not mind shelling out fifteen Euros for a Christmas pudding once a year, the everyday items you may be missing are also very expensive. Even in the largest hypermarkets, a small jar of Marmite can cost €5 while a tin of baked beans will set you back €3. And if you want the right bread for your beans on toast, you can imagine the cost!

The savvy approach to office moves

Having the right office is crucial if your firm is to succeed and so you might have decided that it’s time to up sticks and head to new premises. Perhaps your current working space is too costly, or maybe it’s the wrong size. Alternatively, maybe you want to relocate to be in a more convenient location or to be closer to your customers.

Whatever the reason for your transition, it’s important that you approach it in a sensible way. If mishandled, office moves can have disastrous consequences.

Shifting your stuff

Running a company isn’t easy at the best of times and when you have to cope with the added stress and inconvenience of relocating, you might really find you’ve got your work cut out for you.

Rather than trying to arrange the movement of your furniture and other items yourself, it may therefore pay off to bring in the professionals. Here at European Removal Experts, we are experts when it comes to office removal and may be perfectly placed to assist you.

Leaving this task to specialists like us means you can get on with the other important jobs facing you. In contrast, if you were to attempt to transfer your possessions unaided, you might find you’re distracted from crucial issues facing your business.

Minimising damage

Also, because we have plenty of experience when it comes to removal packing services, we’re better able to minimise the risk of damage to your possessions. This could save you stress and hassle. Also, by taking advantage of our insurance policies, you can rest assured you won’t be left out of pocket.

Planning ahead

As well as booking the relevant removals companies in Woodford Green or wherever you’re based, there are other things to plan.

For example, ahead of your move, you’ll need to inform your customers and any organisations you have dealings with about what is happening and provide them with your new contact details. If you don’t, you risk missing out on trade, compromising customer care and getting into bureaucratic difficulties.

Minimising downtime

Another issue to bear in mind is how long it will take you to get set up in your new working environment. Ideally, you want to keep downtime to an absolute minimum. To help ensure this is the case, it’s worthwhile making sure you’ll be able to get your phones and computers operating swiftly once you arrive in your new office.

What your office says about you

Meanwhile, before you sign any contracts concerning office leases, it’s a good idea to consider what the premises say about your firm. Attractive and modern working spaces give the impression that your organisation is professional and optimistic about the future.

In contrast, poky and unattractive offices can really put potential customers, investors and workers off and consequently have a negative impact on your long-term prospects. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for you to choose from these days, so you shouldn’t struggle to find premises that tick each and every one of your boxes.

Germany isn’t Boring! – A Few Facts About the Nation

All nations have their little quirks, and Germany is no exception. In fact, Germany is packed full of interesting little idiosyncrasies that make it not only one of the most interesting places to live or visit, but also one of the weirdest, which could make relocating to Germany one of the best decisions you ever make!

First we’ll start by exploding some of the myths associated with all things German, and the idea that somehow Germany is a little boring. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth, and anyone moving to Germany will pretty much immediately discover that it is one of the most vibrant and culturally intriguing places on the planet.

Did you know, for example, that there are more than 150 castles in Germany, some of them still inhabited by German aristocrats? Of course, anyone moving to Germany is unlikely to be relocated to a castle; however, many are open to the public and make great days out.

There are also plenty of quirks about the German nation that you might find it a little difficult to get your head around to begin with. For instance, the German working week actually includes a Saturday; therefore when checking train or bus times, for example, you should be aware of this.

You mightn’t immediately think of Germany as a natural as well as a cultural “vunderland” but in fact a massive 31% of the nation is covered with forests and woodland. This means that anyone moving to Germany will never be more than a few hours drive or train ride from some truly world class countryside.