Planning a move: what should you take into account?

Moving can be an exciting, but sometimes overwhelming experience. Whether you're moving to a new home in a different city or simply staying in the same area, good moving planning is essential to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible. With the help of this extensive moving guide, equipped with useful tips and a detailed checklist, you are well on your way to making your move a success.

Step 1. Start preparing

Before you start packing and organizing, it's crucial to have a good... moving planning to draw up. This will not only reduce stress, but also help you avoid unexpected surprises during the move. Making a moving plan, such as a moving checklist can help you a lot before, during and the days after the move. Here are some important steps to take into account so that the move goes smoothly.

Make a detailed moving plan

Start by making a detailed one step-by-step plan for your move. Write down important dates, such as the moving date and when you will start packing. This is very useful before you move, but also during and after the move.

Collect quotes from moving companies

It is wise to get different quotes Compare moving companies. This way you can make an informed choice and save on costs costs of the move. You can easily arrange this via Moving. You only need to submit one application. We will then send this to the 6 best moving companies in your region and they will all contact you within 24 hours. 

Arrange the change of address

Make sure that you notify authorities such as the municipality, post office, banks and other important service providers of your change of address in a timely manner. You can also find this in our moving planning. 

Check your insurance

Check whether your home contents and building insurance will be transferred to your new home. This way you avoid surprises in case of damage during the move.

Step 2. Pack efficiently

Good planning starts with packing your belongings in an organized manner. Here are some tips to make this process go smoothly:

Packing per room

Pack your belongings room by room and label the boxes clearly. This makes unpacking in your new home a lot easier. To make your move go as smoothly as possible, do all of this before the move and don't wait until the moving day itself.

Use packing materials

Make sure you have enough moving boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap and other packing materials. The items you need obviously depend on your belongings. For a smooth move, it is useful to purchase a little bit of everything. 

Children and pets

Are you moving and do you have children and/or pets? Consider the needs of your children and pets. Arrange childcare on moving day and provide a safe place for your pets.

PostNL moving service

Take advantage of the PostNL moving service to have your mail automatically sent to your new address.

Step 3. The big moving day

The day of the move has arrived. With the right preparation, this day will run smoothly:

Check furniture and contents

Before you load everything, check whether furniture is in good condition and whether you have packed all valuables? Are you moving with a professional? movers? Always first discuss what exactly needs to be done.

Meter readings and final check

Make a note of the gas, water and electricity meter readings before you leave. Do a final check of your old home to make sure you don't leave anything behind.

Your new address

Make sure you are clear about the new address and that you know where you need to be on moving day.

Step 4: After the move

Moving day is over, but there are still some important things to take care of:

Report changes of address

Pass on your new address to friends, family and important authorities. Consider subscriptions, the GP and other service providers.

Take a moving checklist

Review your moving checklist to make sure you've taken all the steps.

The first days in your new home

Make sure you take the meter readings in your new home and arrange the necessary subscriptions.


Good moving planning is the key to a successful and stress-free move. With the right preparation, following a detailed checklist and calling in professional help if necessary, you can make your 2023 move smooth and without too much hassle. Remember that making good planning and arranging all important matters on time lays the foundation for a successful transition to your new home.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I save on my move?

You can save up to 30% by comparing different quotes from moving companies and making smart choices when packing. Fortunately, Moving is the right place for this.

Should I hire a moving company?

Although you can move yourself, a moving company take away a lot of stress. It depends on your budget and preferences.

How do I handle pets on moving day?

Provide a safe place for your pets, perhaps with friends or family, to avoid stress during the move.

What do I need to arrange regarding my insurance?

Make sure that your home contents and building insurance are arranged for your new home to avoid unpleasant surprises.

How far in advance should I start packing?

Start packing at least 4 weeks before the move to allow enough time and reduce stress.