International removal companies help pack up your troubles
Here on the Riviera there is a greater percentage of high value and long distance international moves than most places. Meet the people who can take you where you need to go.
AGS MOVERS in Nice is a family-owned business that has personalised contact with its clients, to understand their various cultures and nationalities. As part of a global removal company that has no fewer than 126 locations in 78 countries, AGS takes its responsibilities seriously: paying attention to clients’ needs at this important and stressful stage in their life while maintaining efficient removal solutions by air, sea or road. With an exceptional international network built over 38 years, AGS Worldwide on average, moves more than 40,000 families’ belongings every year, monitoring each move from the point of departure to the final delivery destination. AGS can guarantee quality and consistently superior service throughout the world.
Having lived in several countries around the world has given Linda Boersma an open-mindedness to understand her AGS International customersLinda Boersma, 48, has lived on the French Riviera for over twenty years. She’s Dutch but also speak fluent French, English and German, which as she says is very useful for her job as a Sales Consultant with AGS International Movers.
Explains Linda: “We are a professional moving company that gives advice and can meet your special needs. We help you with documentation and customs, and we use professional packing material while taking great care to deliver and reassemble your furniture.
"Sometimes when moving abroad for a couple of years, you’re not always able to send all your personal belongings either due to a lack of space, no need for that item in the interim or maybe you’re looking for a new home and have no space at all. We have a storage facility of 1500m2 and offer short-term storage.
"And I’d like to add that AGS is the first international removal group to support United Nations Global Compact: for every international removal operation, AGS plants a tree in Mali or Indonesia.”
AN EASY MOVE is a small, hands on, family run removal company which has been looking after the English-speaking community for over 10 years. They have moved two boxes to London, a whole container to Hong Kong, a baby grand piano from one room to another. They have moved clients from Biot to Cannes, Monaco to New York and St Tropez to Edinburgh.
"We offer a personal service, one item to the whole house can be catered for by our experienced and caring team." David DoveFelicity and David Dove aim to live up to their company name. Says Felicity, “We appreciate the stress involved and endeavour to make your move as easy as possible by listening to your individual requirements. If you prefer, we can provide female packers, organise professional cleaners, electricians, plumbers and decorators. If necessary we can also help with the setting up of utilities – telephone, internet, electricity.
Don’t forget that removal companies quote by volume so the more you have the more you pay. Items you don’t want can be sold or given away. Another point, if you’re relocating due to a job move, find out what costs your employer will cover.”
An Easy Move wear their moves on their sleeves and understand that some possessions are irreplaceable. “When David was working for one of the large UK removal companies in the hills above Menton, the last item he delivered was a large stone which he placed in the garden. When asked why she had brought a large stone all the way from London to the South of France, the lady replied that she had been sitting on that stone when her husband had proposed to her during the Second World War. They had been married for over 50 years before he passed away and there was no way she was leaving it behind!"
DELAHAYE MOVING was founded in 1977 by Elisabeth Delahaye, a then 27-year old Belgian expatriate; the first office was the top floor of a house she had bought in London. Elisabeth remains the owner and Managing Director over 35 years later. She is closely involved in the Francophone community in London having been advisor to the French Chamber of Commerce in Britain for over 15 years and has been rewarded by the French government for her charitable work with the Order of Merit and the Legion d’Honneur.
Elisabeth Delahaye recently became President of the Société Francaise Bienfaisance. She received a knighthood of the Order of the Crown by the Belgian government.The company was formed at a time when the expatriate market was not as developed as today and Elisabeth pursued a strategy of offering individualised service, differentiating Delahaye Moving at the outset from other removal companies. Decades later, Delahaye Moving now operates globally and has offices in London, Paris, Nice and New York and has its own direct employees, its own fleet of vehicles from small vans to 18-ton trucks and its own warehouses.
Explains Elisabeth: “We pride ourselves on the highest service level and an individual customer approach, which few can match. We also have invested to minimise the risk of damage during transport so we have a fleet of Mercedes trucks with air suspension and use only the best packing materials from thick double-walled boxes, strong tape, 5-ply paper blankets. We offer a comprehensive moving solution with handyman services, pet transport etc, and we have amazing storage facilities on the Côte D’Azur, with a bonded warehouse, strong-rooms and a temperature controlled wine storage as well as 24 hour video surveillance linked to our own server.”