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Things you should know before moving to Germany

There are lots of things you’ll need to arrange before moving to Germany. The country may only be a short hop over the Channel, but there are plenty of logistical issues to take into account. For example, you may need to book Furniture removals to Germany.

Getting set up in your new home overseas is much easier once you’ve got all the items you need from the UK. By bringing in the professionals to help you with this, you can make the task much more straightforward.

Some information

Meanwhile, to help ensure the transition is as smooth as possible, it really pays off to do some research into your new home nation. Writing in the Guardian recently, Sandra Haurant provided some information for soon-to-be expats.

She noted that Germany has plenty to offer, with its “free-spirited cities… spectacularly varied landscapes, fairytale castles, magical forests, a good standard of living and… relatively robust economy”.

Given its many attractions, it may come as little surprise that more than 100,000 UK citizens have made this country their home.

Some tips

The writer noted that British citizens and those from other EU countries don’t need a work permit or visa to live and work in Germany and if you move there in retirement, you can receive your UK state pension either into a British or German bank account.

She also pointed out that there is no need to arrange special vaccinations before moving to the nation.

When you get there

Ms Haurant noted that on November 12th, one euro was worth 79p, while one pound equated to €1.25. She also stated that German taxis are cream in colour and have a black and yellow taxi sign on their roofs. Usually, they are Mercedes or Audis and they can be hailed in the street. However, heading for a taxi rank or calling to book one is “probably a better option”, she suggested.

If there is a gap between when you arrive in Germany and when you get the keys to your home there, you might have to book a hotel. The writer revealed that mid-range hotel rooms cost around €60 per night out of town and at least €80 per night in cities.

Buying property

If you’re keen to invest in property in the country, you may be interested to note that the average apartment cost €149,700 in June 2012, while a new detached house cost €250,000 and a typical existing house would have set you back €192,950.

Once you’ve selected a house or flat and the transaction is completed, you can arrange removals to Germany.

Here to help

Here at European Removal Experts, we’re experts when it comes to European removals and should be perfectly placed to help you achieve your goals. With us on your team, starting a new life in this vibrant and attractive country could be that little bit easier.

To find out more about what we have to offer, just take a look around the relevant section of our website. You might be surprised by how straightforward the process is.

Dealing with Stressful House Moves

Everybody knows that moving house can be one the most stressful events that you will ever go through. Indeed, for some it can be even more stressful than a divorce or bereavement. Maybe it is because the serious business of moving comes directly after all the fun stuff like viewing properties and making bids ends.

Certainly, few people would say that packing, notifying banks and utility companies of your move, organising the re-direction of your post to your new address and registering your children with new schools is that much fun. However, it needs to be done and, if you’re moving abroad, there are probably many more things that will need to be added to that list as well

At least if you’re relocating to Germany, Spain, France or indeed any European country; moving your furniture and other possessions doesn’t have to add to your worries. Here at European Removal Experts, we specialise in facilitating household and business removals to Continental European destinations so we can take care of all the stress of moving for you.

If you’re looking for removals to Germany, we can provide you with door-to-door deliveries to and from a wide range of German destinations such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Stuttgart. Similarly, we can provide comparable services to locations in Spain, France, Italy and beyond.

So, if you want one less stressful aspect to deal with when moving to Germany, France or wherever; look no further than us here at European Removal Experts.

5 Reasons Everyone Should Live Abroad Once

We specialise in moving to Holland, Germany and a bunch of other culturally rich European countries. Here are our top five reasons every person should spend at least a little of their life living continental!

1.    Culture is obviously the first thing that springs to mind. Think of the difference between Edinburgh and Devon, Liverpool and Oxford, Rowen (a tiny village in North Wales) and London! Experiencing different culture can open your eyes to the world in a unique way.

2.    Expanding your career horizons. Experiencing different cultures isn’t just for students and the super-rich. With a little planning and dedication it’s possible for pretty much anyone to find a job abroad. It may even be a step down the career ladder, but in terms of adding interest to your CV, living abroad depicts a superb strength of character.

3.    The thrill of the unknown. Call it “fear” if you like. The thrill/fear of relocating to Germany etc. is something that can be incredibly beneficial in life. Not everyone is OK with getting out of their comfort zone, but even something like a few months relocating to Belgium can have an astounding effect on confidence and mindset.

4.    Culinary exploration. Maybe you’re already a well-fed food aficionado, but if you’re more the pie ‘n’ chips type, living another culinary lifestyle can be a wonderful adventure!

5.    Appreciating home. Sure, it rains a lot in the UK and our sports teams are frequently embarrassed, but true appreciation for all things British is certainly a wonderful side to living abroad. You’ll be surprised what you miss most!

Move at Your Own Pace

Deciding to move to another country means a big change with a lot to organise. The last thing you want to do when you get there is to have to go out and buy all new furniture, and this is where we can help. We understand that moving to Germany or any other Western European country means that you’ll have a lot of other things going on, and so we try and make moving your furniture as hassle-free as possible.

If you are renovating your property, then no doubt you won’t want to receive all your furniture at the same time as you’ll have nowhere to put it. When you’re relocating to Germany, you don’t want to have to be back and forth in a rented vehicle to pick up items of furniture as you go, which is why we can help you move in stages. We will store your possessions and deliver them to you on the dates you specify, so you can move in to your new home over a gradual period of time rather than trying to deal with everything at once. With two weeks Long and Short Term Storage, you needn’t feel like you need to rush the process.

If you’re moving to Berlin, it’s even easier because we carry out weekly trips to this and many other cities around Europe, thereby making it possible to give you even cheaper prices. Call or email us now and we’ll give you a quote, or you can use our online free quote service if you prefer.

Make Your Move to Germany as Painless as Possible

Moving to Germany from the UK can be extremely nerve wracking, but it’s also hugely exciting. If you’ve decided to make the move, then you’ll have a lot of planning to do. Spending time preparing yourself before you make your move will help everything run as smoothly as possible.

• Let as many people as possible know that you are relocating to Germany. Friends and family will be happy to do anything they can to help you with your move, and one of them may even know someone in the area you’re moving too who can help you settle in.

• Arrange your removals to Germany as soon as you possibly can. This will help you to plan how much you can take and what you may not be able to. By planning in advance, you will have the time to cope with any problems that may arise.

• Do as much research as you can about your new home. Aim to find out what you will need to do before you move to Germany, and what will need to be done after you arrive.

• Learn as much German as you can before you move. Even if you’re unable to learn much, try to memorise some key words and phrases that will aid you in your move.

• Keep a permanent address and bank account in the UK. This will make things much easier for you when you come for visits, or if you decide to move back.

Moving To A European Country

If you’re planning on moving to a European country, such as moving to France or moving to Germany, you have a lot to think about and a lot to plan over the next few weeks and months.

One of most important things to think about is, do you speak the language, and will you need to learn it? While many people in France and Germany do speak English, certainly not everyone does. If you are going to be living in one of these countries and mingling with the locals, eating in restaurants, and shopping in their markets and shops, it’s wise to take a few language classes before you go, or purchase language materials that you can study on your own.

You’ll also want to think about the climate. While western Europe’s climate may not be drastically different to that of the UK, there will be some differences. Certainly some areas of France can be very hot in the summer months, and you may need to make some adjustments in your wardrobe. And whether you are moving to France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, or Holland, you’ll want to take a variety of clothes good for any weather.

But probably the most practical of all the things you will need to plan is how you will move your furniture and belongings. Here at Europe Removal, we specialize in moving people to western Europe from the UK. We do moves from all over the UK including Scotland and Northern Ireland. Ask for a quote today and we can help you get started relocating to Germany or France, or wherever it is you want to go.

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.

Doing Things the German Way!

There is a lot that the UK and Germany have in common. However, there are enough differences between the two great nations to make moving to Germany potentially one of the most exciting decisions that you’ll ever make, whether you’re moving for a short stay or looking to become a fully-fledged emigre.

First we’ll examine the similarities between Britain and Germany that will make moving to the country seem a little less daunting. For instance, just like the UK, Germany enjoys a great transport infrastructure (which undoubtedly benefits from a bit of German efficiency), this makes getting around the major cities like Berlin or Munich pretty easy.

Of course, you aren’t likely to be moving to Germany just for the transport, as Germany happens to have the largest economy in Europe; therefore you can expect all the little luxuries that you’ll find at home, plus plenty of job oppourtunities in the ‘manufacturing capital’ of Europe.

Germany isn’t all about hard work and efficiency; however, and despite having a reputation to the contrary, it is nowadays home to some truly world class cuisine, with cities such as Munich beginning to rival gastronomic capitals like London and Paris in terms of the quality of its food.

There is an old adage that you tease the one that you love, and it is a testament of our closeness with the culture and national behaviour that we are so apt at pointing out our differences. In reality, anyone relocating to Germany from the UK will be surprised at the wealth of cultural intrigue on offer, but also the likeness it bears to their homeland.

Going Continental

There is a tendency in the UK to forget that we are a part of Europe, and whilst we like to celebrate our differences, there is a lot that binds us to the continent, whether its similar levels of development or more or less similar cultures. This makes moving to the continent especially rewarding, as whilst there are cultural differences that will make the move exciting, there is also plenty that we have in common that should make it that little bit easier.

If you are moving to France, for example, you’ll not only discover that Britain and France share very similar cultural interests, but that we also share some pretty impressive transport links, and whilst once we could quite rightly call ourselves an ‘island’ and Europe a ‘continent’ with the Eurotunnel we are definitely both physical and ideologically part of Europe.

Of course whilst we might quite like to lump all the nations on the continent together, there is a great diversity of cultures and languages etc on the continent. And there is, of course, a great difference in moving to France as there is in moving to Germany; for example, not only is the language markedly different, but so is the culture, landscape etc.

So, why move to the continent? Well its impossible to say, as the continent is like a world in itself and promises to offer a wealth of new experiences, new culture and happy memories, and whether your moving to France or moving to Germany it’s bound to be one of the most exciting decisions you ever make!

Moving to Germany – Beware of the Church Tax…

If you are moving to Germany, you will have already investigated every aspect of living and working there. Moving to Germany, or moving to Holland or any other country in the EU, is relatively straightforward once you have waded through all the paperwork! But there is one aspect which is often overlooked by those who are moving to Germany.

Once you have moved to the country, you’ll need to register with the local authorities, and one thing to beware of is declaring your religious faith. Have you heard of the Church Tax?

The German government still maintains a kind of tithe system called the Kirchensteuer, or Church Tax. It may sound odd that a modern society still uses a tithe system, which disappeared from Britain in the 18th century, but it is alive and well in Germany. It works like this.  If you declare yourself a member of one of the recognised faiths, the German government will deduct between eight and nine per cent of your salary, which is then handed over to the churches. This means that the churches earn billions of Euros every year, thanks to the hard work of the German people, and anyone else who is moving to Germany. Now you know about this strange custom, anything else you have to deal with when moving to Germany will seem relatively easy and straightforward, and that includes the move itself. Make sure you use a reputable company like European Removal Experts who have years of experience in helping people who are relocating to Germany.