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Moving checklist

This checklist has been compiled by expert movers. It is a handy list to make sure you do not forget anything.

After purchasing your new house
Make sure everybody knows about the upcoming removal
Shortly before the removal
A couple of days before the removal
The day of the removal
In your new house
After the removal

After purchasing your new house

  • Put your old house up for sale/ cancel the rent of your old house/garage.
  • Arrange for leave, put in a request for removal leave.
  • Make sure the telephone is (dis-)connected.
  • Negotiate with new inhabitants on matter of purchase of redundant carpets, drapes, aerials, etc.
  • Make enquiries about a possible removal compensation.
  • Take measurements in your new house (for furniture, refrigerator, gas cooker, drapes, curtains, sunblinds, ….
  • Cancel or change automatic payments.
  • Request free quotes from specialized removal companies early. Easily done here.
  • Arrange for people to help with removal to save money on your moving cost.
  • Get your mover to deliver boxes well in advance, so that you can start packing early (see moving tips) make informed choices about what to take to your new house.
  • Gather information about your new place of residence. Centres for day care, schools, work, shopping malls, doctors, hospital, rates and taxes, garbage disposal/collection, etc, etc.
  • Make sure you have the right visa for the country in which you will live. Buy a map of the town so that you can inform family, friends and your removal company of the exact location of your new home.
  • Before moving into your new home: things to take care of:
  • Place central aerial in the vicinity of radio and tv.
  • Pay attention to number and location of power outlets.
  • Find out about regulations of proprietor of house you are moving into.
  • Find out about town regulations regarding placement of satellite receivers.
  • Find out about town refuse collection schedule.
  • Find out if house is connected to the gas/electricity mains.
  • Find out if house is connected to a town heating system.
  • Establish last time chimney was swept.
  • Is there a special connection for electrical cooking?
  • Can the mover reach the new house easily?
  • Is an elevator/ a hoisting installation accessible for the mover?

Make sure everybody knows about the upcoming removal

  • Give notice to cleaning lady/ chimney sweeper; terminate rent of postbox (mind the keys!)
  • Inform GP, dentist, specialist, apothecary, city council, school.
  • Inform insurance company/companies, banks.
  • Terminate contract with electricity/gas company, terminate subscriptions.
  • Change addresses in passports and driving licenses.

Shortly before the removal

  • Make arrangements for day care of small children and pets.
  • Arrange transfer of keys of old house and new house (extra keys!).
  • Cash in coupons of local shops.
  • Return library books.
  • Donate whatever you do not need in your new house to friends and relatives, those in need of it, or to recycling shop.
  • Put items and goods that have already been packed where they can't be overlooked.
  • Disassemble any lamps, curtains and furniture that you wish to take with you.
  • Arrange for deliveries of new articles of furniture to take place at the storage facility of your mover, thus saving money and time.

A couple of days before the removal

  • Clean your new house.
  • Remove wall to wall carpeting.
  • Remove aerial from the roof, or have it removed.
  • Pack everything you will definitely not be needing on the day of your removal.
  • Use last day of garbage collection to dispose of everything you no longer need.
  • Make sure you have ready cash at hand. Coffee and biscuits are generally welcome commodities on the day of a removal.
  • If at all possible make sure the parking space around your house is readily accessible. This will prevent unnecessary delays.

The day of the removal

  • Keep a couple of boxes empty to fill at the last moment.
  • Remove last curtains.
  • Keep important items such as keys, money, medical papers, spare fuses apart.
  • Check every room for forgotten items.
  • Write down current gas/electricity meter readings; disconnect gas and electricity.
  • Drain water pipes in winter (even in the absence of frost).
  • Close windows and doors carefully.
  • Give keys to caretaker or new owner.

In your new house

  • Mark rooms.
  • Try to put everything in its correct place right away.
  • Check all items for possible damage as soon as they have been unpacked.
  • Do not switch on refrigerator and freezer for 24 hours to allow appliances to 'adjust'.
  • Release safety on (tumbler) washing machine.

After the removal

  • Put furniture in its right place and unpack boxes.
  • Attach nameplate to door.
  • Notify mover of any damage to your household goods.
  • Settle any damage to your house with owner.
  • Notify town council of your arrival and change address in passport and driving licence.
  • Pick up key to new post-box.
  • Introduce yourself to new school, neighbours, suppliers, etc,
  • Check if mail is being forwarded.