Moving what to think about: everything in a row

Moving to a new home can be an exciting but also a stressful process. There are so many practical things to think about during a move. Whether you are moving to a new home within the same city or to another municipality, it is important to be well prepared. With the help of a handy checklist and a step-by-step plan, you can ensure that you don't miss anything and that the move goes smoothly. In this article we give you an extensive moving checklist and discuss the practical matters you need to consider when moving.

Moving checklist

Before you start the actual move, it is important to make good preparation. Make a to-do list or use ours moving checklist and write down all the tasks you need to complete. Consider arranging this moving boxes, packing materials and, if necessary, hiring professional movers. Also plan the moving date well in advance, so that you have enough time to arrange everything. Keep the following checklist at hand so that the move to your new home goes smoothly:

Moving company and moving day

If you choose to have one moving company request quotes in time from various moving companies. Compare prices and services to make the best choice. Make sure you schedule the moving day well in advance so that the moving company is available on the desired date.

Change of address and meter readings

It is an important step when you move somewhere else notify the municipality of your new address where you will live and to various authorities. This includes the municipality, your bank, insurers, energy suppliers and other subscriptions. Don't forget to unsubscribe from your old address. In addition, it is essential to record the meter readings for gas, water and electricity at both the old and new addresses.

Insurance and subscriptions

Check your current insurance policies and see if they are also valid at your new address. If necessary, adjust them or take out new insurance policies. Don't forget to transfer your subscriptions to your new address, such as internet, television, telephone and any magazine and newspaper subscriptions. If you move to a new home, your subscriptions must be transferred from your old home to your new address. Contact your internet provider, television provider, telephony provider and other subscription providers to report the move. This way you avoid being without these services in your new home. You must arrange these matters in time for your new step. 

Practical matters in the new house

After a move, many practical matters need to be arranged. Are you going to move? Make a note of the meter readings of your new home so that you can avoid any discussions later. Also check all windows and doors for any defects or damage. Make sure all furniture is in the right place and connect all equipment. Meet your new GP and dentist and inform yourself about any dog tax and municipal rules.

Request quotes from moving companies

Request quotes from various moving companies to compare costs and options. Choose a reliable moving company that meets your needs and budget. Make sure you make clear agreements about the moving date, the number of movers and the required moving van(s). 

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PostNL and change of address

Are you moving to a new home? Inform PostNL of your change of address, so that your mail is delivered to the correct address. You can change your address online via the PostNL website. In addition, it is important to pass on your new address to authorities such as the municipality, your employer, school, bank and insurers. The new residents of your old address can also forward letters, newspapers and magazines to you if, for example, you ask the residents of your old house to do so. They will probably want to do this for the old residents. 

Record meter readings

Make a note of the gas, water and electricity meter readings at both your old and new addresses. This way you can avoid any disputes about consumption and costs later. Also record the readings of any other meters, such as those of the water softener or solar panels. Make a list so you don't forget anything. The Homeowners Association also has a lot of information on their website about moving. If you have bought a house, it is very useful to take a look at their website.

Moving: Moving day

You're finally moving into your new home! This means packing stuff. You need to find out in advance which items these are. Starting to pack your belongings well in advance is essential for a smooth moving day. Make use of your to-do list and make sure you have enough moving boxes, wrapping paper and labels to keep everything organized. Start by packing items you don't use every day and work your way up to the items you need until the last minute.

Moving service and moving lift

If you have large furniture or if you live on a higher floor, it can be useful to use a moving lift. This makes moving heavy and large objects much easier and prevents damage to the stairs or walls. Ask the moving company whether they offer a moving lift service. They can arrange it all and so you know what you need to take into account.

Getting to know the new neighbors

Moving is also a good time to get to know your new neighbors. Have a chat, introduce yourself and inquire about any special features in the area. A good relationship with your neighbors can provide many benefits, such as help in emergencies or borrowing tools. This is of course also important after one of the most stressful periods of your life. 

Record and check meter readings

On moving day, it is important to record the meter readings of your old home again, so that you can compare them with previous readings. Also check the meter readings in your new home and record them accurately. This gives you a clear overview of energy consumption at both addresses.

Check all windows and doors

Before you finally say goodbye to your old home, check all windows and doors one last time. Make sure they are closed properly and check that there are no defects that you need to report to the new residents. Leave the keys as agreed.

Moving: After the move

When you move into your new home, it is time to put all the furniture in the right place. Take the time to experiment with different setups and make sure your home is practical and comfortable. This is also the time to take apart or secure any furniture.

Connecting equipment and energy contract

Connect all equipment in your new home, such as the refrigerator, washing machine, television and computer. Check that everything works properly. Don't forget to transfer your energy contract to your new address or take out a new energy contract. This way you are assured of energy supply in your new home.

Arrange a new GP, dentist and pharmacy

When moving, it is important to also arrange a new doctor and dentist in your new area. Inquire with your health insurer which healthcare providers are available in your area and register in time. This way, if you have any health problems, you can immediately contact a new healthcare provider.

Getting to know the neighborhood and municipality

Moving to a new municipality also means that you have to get to know the new neighborhood and municipality. Explore the area, discover nice places and get to know local amenities such as shops, restaurants and sports facilities. It is also important to register with the new municipality and apply for any necessary permits. You can also use a card service and send the neighbors a nice card.

Cleaning up moving boxes and old items

After you move, you'll have to deal with a big one quantity of moving boxes and old stuff. Take the time to tidy these up and give everything a place in your new home. Sort out items you no longer need and consider selling, giving away or throwing them away. This way you create peace and overview in your new home.

Conclusion

A move brings a lot practical matters that you need to think about. With the help of a detailed checklist and a good step-by-step plan, you can ensure that you don't forget anything and that the move goes smoothly. Consider things such as arranging a moving company,... reporting your change of address to various authorities, recording meter readings and arranging insurance and subscriptions. Don't forget to check and arrange practical matters in your new home. With good preparation and a structured approach, you can reduce stress during the move and move to your new home with confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should I start preparing for a move?

It is advisable to start preparations at least four weeks before the moving date. This gives you enough time to arrange everything and resolve any problems.

When do I have to report my change of address to authorities?

You must inform authorities such as the municipality, your employer, school, bank and insurers of your new address 4 weeks before or no later than 5 days after the move. However, it is better to do this as quickly as possible so that your mail is immediately delivered to the correct address. This way, all authorities can also be informed of the move. So you have to arrange a lot when you move. 

Do I have to cancel my energy contract when moving?

No, you do not have to cancel your energy contract. You can move your old energy contract to your new address or take out a new energy contract. Contact your energy supplier to arrange this. Are you moving soon? If necessary, check this so that you do not end up with double burdens. 

What should I do if I discover defects in my new home?

If you discover defects in your new home, report them to the landlord or seller as soon as possible. Take photos of the defects and contact the appropriate person to discuss how to resolve them. Arrange building insurance in advance so that you are insured against damage when you move into the new home. You are often also insured against hidden defects.

How do I ensure that I don't forget anything during the move?

It is advisable to use our moving checklist, such as the moving checklist discussed in this article. Write down all the tasks you need to complete and check them off when they are completed. This way you can ensure that you don't forget anything important during the move and you can be sure that you have moved all valuable items separately.