When you move, a lot comes at you. You must notify your old and new municipality of the change of address in good time, move all your belongings to the new house, and there are many more relocation matters that need to be arranged.
Arrange the change of address for your move
One of our most important moving tips; arrange your change of address on time. This not only prevents a fine from, for example, the municipality but also that your mail is delivered to the wrong address. Fortunately, you can easily arrange the notification of your change of address for all important authorities and private contacts in just three steps. Curious how? You can read our blog about a change of address when moving.
Gather all the important information about your new home:
- Write down the city, street, house number, and zip code (or the temporary building plot number).
- Have you bought a house? Arrange a structural inspection on time. In some cases, this is even mandatory.
- Request construction drawings with dimensions of all rooms in the house and garden.
- What is the energy label of your new home, and what measures can you take to reduce energy consumption?
- Check the power supply and location of all outlets.
- Is there a connection to the gas network?
- Is there a facility for electric cooking?
- Where are the connection points and places for the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer?
- Is there a maintenance contract for the central heating system?
- Where is the television connection located?
- Is there fiber optic up to the meter cupboard?
- Are there parking regulations at the property?
Tips for moving well prepared:
- Determine the transfer date and (if necessary) make an appointment with the notary and bank.
- Cancel any leases and automatic payments for your current home.
- Agree on a moving date with your mover and make agreements about what you want to have done and what you will move yourself.
- Consider which furniture and items you leave behind or possibly resell to the new residents of your current home.
- Check the parking facilities at your new home. If exemptions are required, your mover can arrange this before the day of the move.
- Is a moving lift required? Your mover can arrange this for you.
- Request relocation leave from your employer. This is often included in your collective labor agreement.
Tips for moving your belongings:
One of the biggest activities during a move is packing and moving your belongings from the old to the new house. Therefore, packing tips are perhaps the most important moving tips that should not be missing from this checklist. That is why we have listed all useful packing tips for you.
Tips on what to arrange 2-4 weeks before you move:
- Report your change of address.
- Register your children at their new school.
- Arrange the connection and disconnection of your energy supply and the internet connection.
- Arrange the necessary insurance policies for your new home and/or contents.
- Check whether there are “ready” facilities in the new home for; a washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, and cooker.
- Have a name plate made for the front door (or bring it with you)
- Check whether the intended moving date is still feasible
Moving tips for the last two weeks:
- Arrange for the care of children and/or pets on a moving day.
- Do you live in an apartment or house with a shared entrance? Inform any landlord and neighbors.
- Store valuable documents, papers, and possibly jewelry in a bank safe.
- Start packing on time.
- Write down all appointments with suppliers in your calendar to keep an overview.
Moving tips for the last days:
- Pack the last boxes, and don’t forget to label them.
- Arrange the disposal of bulky waste, household waste containers, and/or the green bin.
- Clean the house.
- Arrange simple (warming) meals and plenty of drinks and snacks.
- Keep the parking space at your new home free.
- Defrost the refrigerator and freezer for easy cleaning.
- Set the freezer to the coldest setting.
- Check the latest agreements with your mover.
Tips for the moving day itself:
- Set the alarm clock on time and pack the last things.
- Store valuables such as money, jewelry, and bank cards safely in your hand luggage.
- Collect all keys to furniture, spare keys to bicycles, the car, etc.
- Store your mattress in a mattress moving cover.
- Take the last meter readings and turn off the main water tap.
- Preferably do not shut off gas and electricity. These are necessary for heating.
- Disconnect the washer, dryer, and dishwasher.
- Store your meals and snacks for moving day in chilled packaging
- Check the house for leftovers.
- Close all doors and windows carefully.
- Hand over the keys to the landlord, estate agent, or new resident.
After arriving at your new home:
- Have furniture immediately put in the right place as much as possible.
- Stack the boxes in the corner of the room and then unpack them one by one.
- Make one room habitable as quickly as possible.
- Hang up bedroom curtains if you have brought them with you.
- Hang lamps on finished facilities.
- Connect the washing machine, refrigerator, and freezer to the existing facility.
- Test the existing doorbell or connect a new one yourself.
Tips for after your move:
- Replace the outdoor locks for a safe feeling in your home.
- Place a personal name tag at the door.
- Have you borrowed moving boxes? Then contact your mover to collect it.
- Get to know the neighbors, the school, the sports club, and other associations. Because; better a good neighbor than a distant friend!
Are you moving abroad? Also, view this moving checklist:
There is a lot to consider when moving abroad. Not only for transporting all your stuff but also for the organization. For example, you also have to deal with other laws and regulations. We have listed the most important relocation tips to emigrate well-prepared:
- An entry and residence permit (visa) (if required).
- Work permit (if required).
- A (renewed) valid passport.
- A (renewed) driver’s license.
- Insurance: check which insurance policies you need to convert or arrange when you move abroad.
- Consult the corona measures (Covid-19) for the country you are traveling to and will be living in.
- Is your car coming? Ask your mover about the regulations regarding export and import.
- What can you legally import, and what costs are involved? Check with your mover.
- Are any additional documents required? Again, your mover can tell you more about this.
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