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Not only do we wrap, pack, ship and deliver your belongings promptly to your new property, but we also have knowledgeable experts on the German way of life that can help to make your transition an exciting step, and one that will help your to settle into Germany as if it was your native home.
Moving to Germany with an International Removal Company
Whether you’re concerned about your possessions arriving on time or about regulations for packages when relocating, our renowned international removal company can guide you through the entire process to ensure no stone is unturned.
No matter if you’re moving back to your home country or starting a new life in Germany; F&N worldwide have the knowledge, expertise and facilities to make your move a smooth one.
With so much experience in the removals industry, we pride ourselves on providing the most personal care and service to ensure you feel calm and confident during your move.
When immigrating to Germany we can offer to…
• Organise Necessary Paperwork
The Germans are well known for checking their paper work rigorously, and if there’s a box unticked or piece missing they will be the first to let you know about it, so taking away this worry we organise of all the essential paperwork that will make sure you can move in the knowledge we have everything handled.
Once we’ve received a copy of your rental agreement or property purchase, we contact the local authorities to submit permits so that our vehicles can be parked outside of your property without any disturbance during your move.
This is a significant step to ensuring we can make the move hassle free for yourself as well as your new neighbours.
There will also be paperwork that you will have to organise yourself, as this will include personal details. As a member of the EU you will not require a visa but you will need a passport and a residency permit. However non-EU citizens moving to Germany may need to apply for a Schengen visa, which usually takes about two weeks to be processed.
• Professionally Pack Your Possessions
Rather than panic about packing your possessions safely and securely, our team are professionally trained in packaging to ensure that your personal goods can travel to your new home without any problems.
Our crew come to your home and wrap all of your items in a way that makes them completely shock absorbent. We provide all the boxes and Styrofoam, so that you don’t need to have the expense of purchasing the essentials.
• Arrange Transport by Land, Sea or Air
When you contact us about your new journey, the first thing we discuss is the budget you have available for your possessions to be moved.
We know that there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ policy, so thanks to our various networks and connections, we can offer transportation that fits your financial situation.
As Germany is only in the EU it can take less time to move your goods than if you’re moving outside of the EU due to regulations and of course distance.
We offer competitive door-to-door rates and whether by land, see or air, we track your possessions every step of the way.
• Arrange Shipping of Cars & Vehicles
If your car is your pride and joy, we pride ourselves in the first class service we offer to ensure your vehicle arrives safely at your new home.
As Germany is home to the infamous Nurburg race course, if you’re lover of fast cars or motorbikes you will no doubt want to take it for a visit to test the track.
Once you’ve given us the make and model, and the destination you need it to arrive at, we can give you a quote for the type of service you will require.
In many cases it can be more cost effective to move your car and your personal effects at the same time, so if you can arrange this it may save you some cost.
• Deal with Customs & Shipping Companies
As we have so much experience within the industry we know how to deal with customs, and can meet their requirements much quicker than those who are inexperienced.
With our connections and networks, we work alongside many shipping companies who can help to move your possessions more efficiently, whilst cutting down on cost where possible.
• Organise Transport from Destination Port
Once your possessions arrive in your new home country, we organise for one of our fleet vehicles to collect it and transport it to your home.
As we have the address you’ve given us, all you have to focus on is getting yourself and your family there.
• Arrange Secure Storage Prior to Arrival
We know that your possessions are your personal treasures, and we treat them this way with our safe and secure storage facilities that are CCTV monitored.
Each of your boxes will be inventoried and checked prior to removal, and once arrived in your new country, they will be stored safely until our removal vans collect them.
• Unpack Items in Your New Home
As we professionally pack your items we know it may be difficult to unwrap, so rather than worry about the rubbish, our team can come and professionally unwrap your items safely and remove the rubbish and cardboard boxes from your new home. If there are extra boxes left over you can call us to collect these when our team are next in the area.
Things to Consider…
German culture can be very different to parts of the UK, as they are well known for being stereotypically orderly. But as one of the cleanest countries in the EU, Germany has a diverse landscape with a surprising amount of festivals and community gatherings.
As such a sociable nation eating out can be far less expensive than the UK, and many Germans will eat out regularly because of this.
The philosophy of Germany is very much a ‘work hard, play hard’ stance, so while at first it may appear a little restrictive, there is a lot of time designated to celebration.
Many of the similar traditions we uphold here in the UK are also relevant to Germany, with Christmas and Easter celebrated in the same way.
With a strong dialect it may be useful to learn the German language to help you integrate into the community.
Although many Germans are taught English and will be able to translate for you, it is respectful to attempt to learn the language and show your appreciation for the nation which you now call home.
There are many free online courses now available, but once there you may find it more helpful to find a native German teacher so that you can understand the words and how they should be spoken.
If you’re looking to set-up a bank account in Germany, you will need to prove your residency, which can come the form of a document with your registered address.
It is a mandatory requirement that you register at the local Einwohnermeldeamt (registration office) within your first week of arriving in Germany as this will provide you with a passport, proof of address, marriage certificate and income tax card. There may be a small fee involved in gaining these documents so it is best to ensure you research this as these items will be essential for setting up a bank account and processing any financial transactions whilst you’re in the country.
Germany is often said to be the place to live if you love driving.
With it’s toll-free no-limit autobahns, your UK licence is still valid for you to enjoy some driving freedom. If you decide to take you existing car over to Germany you will not need to immediately register it, but after one year the vehicle will become liable for German registration.
With the weather conditions in Germany you are more likely to experience snow, and due to this it is law that all cars and motorbikes are fitted with winters tyres when conditions are snowy.
• Household Issues
Germans take great pride in their community and you will be expected to withhold the high standards of living.
It is common place for many German families to live in apartments, and if you decide to take residence in an apartment block you may expected to contribute to the upkeep of the communal areas.
You may also come across restrictions in your neighbourhood as there are specified times in which loud music can be played.
The rate at you find employment in Germany will depend entirely on the skills and qualifications that you hold. The job market in Germany is very competitive but luckily you do not need to apply for a work permit to take up employment as they are part of the EU.
On average the working week is 38 hours which can often be overwhelming, especially as many German businesses have to abide by strict regulations.
If you’re moving your family to Germany, education will be a top priority, but you can feel reassured that the German education system produces high performing students. Although most schools teach in German, there are some schools that teach lessons in English.
Germany’s international schools are well known for their modern approach to education so may often command high fees.
For further information about the lifestyle you can expect in Germany, read our blog here.
• How long will it take?
Getting you moved all depends on where you’re going and how many possessions you have to pack and remove. Moving your possessions to Germany may take a few days or even a week depending on the method of transport you have chosen.
On average it takes a few weeks to organise the move itself.
When you know you’re going to move It’s best to contact us straight away so that we can help you prepare and take you through each step.
• What about my pets?
As a company we do not move pets ourselves but we have many connections that do if you’re not confident in moving them yourself.
However if they are chipped, vaccinated and have all the necessary paperwork you should be able to take them with you on your own journey without any hassle.
• Can I track my goods?
We do not have a tracking device for you to check-in on your items, but we will keep you updated every step of the way so that you know your worldly goods are in safe hands.
There is no location we cannot help you get to, so whether you’re looking to move to Berlin, Hamburg or Cologne, we have experts with local knowledge to help you move with the most education about your chosen area.