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Moving checklist: don't forget anything! + free PDF

Moving can be extremely stressful. In fact, the preparation and planning begins on average three to four months before the actual move: changing contracts, packing boxes, organizing helpers, mucking out superfluous junk ... So that you think of everything and don't forget anything, you will find a detailed moving checklist with lots of tips and to-dos and tasks to tick off ...

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

Moving checklist: plan a move step by step

According to statistics, around 8 million German citizens move every year. Many because of a new job, others because of a new relationship or simply because they have found a nicer, bigger or cheaper apartment. To ensure that the move is as stress-free and structured as possible, you will find our free moving checklist below. You are welcome to download this as a PDF, also free of charge. So you are well prepared for a smooth move to the new four walls.

If you want to add to or edit the moving checklist: no problem! Simply click on the box, expand or rewrite the checklist. Then copy and print out.

Moving checklist: Please keep that in mind

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    3 months before the move

  • Terminate the rental agreement (find a new tenant if necessary)
  • Cancel current contracts and subscriptions
  • Get offers (moving company, car rental)
  • Organize moving helpers
  • De-register children in school / daycare
  • Apply for special leave for moving
  • Get moving boxes
  • Clear out old apartment
  • Muck out basement / storage rooms / garage
  • Register bulky waste
  • 1 month before moving

  • Pack and label cardboard boxes
  • Get tools for moving
  • Rent a van
  • Clarify transport routes
  • Register no parking zone
  • Ensure telephone / WLAN in new apartment
  • Communicate change of address to banks / insurance companies
  • Set up a forwarding order for Swiss Post
  • Renovate old and new apartments
  • 1 week before the move

  • Have appointments confirmed by helpers
  • Engage guardians for children / pets
  • Prepare new apartment for move
  • Hang furniture layout plans on room doors
  • Sort boxes by room
  • Dismantle furniture
  • Check all keys
  • Secure valuables with family / friends
  • Pack an emergency bag (cash, phone numbers, etc.)
  • On moving day

  • Instruct moving helpers
  • Check the stairwell for previous damage
  • Move!
  • Inspection tour through old apartment
  • Clean old apartment
  • Empty mailbox
  • Remove the nameplate
  • Note down the meter readings in the old / new apartment
  • Setting up furniture in a new apartment
  • Grant
  • Catering for moving helpers
  • Attach name tags
  • After the move

  • Clean the stairwell
  • Dispose of rubbish
  • Continue unpacking the boxes
  • Sell ​​or give away moving boxes
  • Handover of old apartment + minutes
  • Reclaim the deposit
  • Change addresses
  • Update subscriptions and contracts
  • Check insurance
  • Change standing order for rent
  • Switch utilities
  • Last re-registrations with the authorities
  • Return borrowed tools
  • Inform family and friends
  • Arrive and get to know your neighbors
  • Plan a housewarming party

Moving checklist: cancel your apartment and find a new one

The planning phase begins long before the new apartment can be unlocked for the first time. The more time you allow yourself to prepare, the less nerve-wracking the move will be. In addition to the compact moving checklist above, you will find a few more detailed points as a supplement:

Clarify your finances.
Your new job may also change your salary. Think about how much the new home can cost.

Define your search area.
Do you want to move as close as possible to the workplace and thus perhaps also to a city? Or do you tend to see the new apartment outside, so that you drive to work?

Establish important criteria.
In order to find an apartment, you need to know what is important to you. For example, if you cannot do without a bathtub under any circumstances or if you absolutely need a terrace, you can narrow down your search accordingly.

Find suitable real estate.
There are many portals that sell apartments over the Internet. But advertisements in newspapers can also show promising alternatives.

Arrange viewing appointments
Since you are probably still active in your job, you usually only have the weekend for this. Especially if the trip to the new city means a longer distance, some planning is required here.

Estimate the additional effort.
When looking at the apartments you should ask yourself how much work and money there is still to invest and whether it is worth the effort.

Check the connections.
You want to get everywhere from your new apartment as easily as possible. Find out about the connections to main roads and other important points such as shopping opportunities.

Ask about the kitchen.
A kitchen is a big expense. When viewing, you should therefore definitely find out whether a possibly existing kitchen will remain in the apartment or whether you will have to buy a corresponding fitted kitchen yourself.

Watch out for flaws.
If you find defects, you should definitely record them - especially in the subsequent rental agreement. Otherwise, if you move again at the latest, the landlord may demand compensation from you.

Moving Checklist: For Moving

Once you have decided on an apartment, it is time to prepare everything for the move. The amount of time you have for this is usually determined by the start of the new job and the date of moving into the new apartment.

Sign the rental agreement.
Before doing anything else, you should first make an appointment with the future landlord and sign the rental agreement. At this point the move is fixed and you can start planning.

Think about the deposit.
Hopefully, in your calculation you have already considered that a deposit will be due for the new apartment. This is usually between two and three months' rent and has to be paid when the contract is signed.

Terminate the old apartment.
With the security of the rental agreement, you can now cancel your existing apartment without any problems. Above all, it is important to observe the deadlines and - if possible - avoid months with double the rent.

Make an appointment.
What date should the big day be when you move into your new apartment with your belongings? A weekend is often recommended

Ask your friends for help.
Moving alone is not only difficult, but also a lot less fun. Talk to your friends, who are usually willing to haul a few boxes for appropriate food in the form of pizza and beer.

Organize the necessary work.
If the new apartment still needs to be renovated, it is important to tackle this at an early stage. Smaller things can be done on the day of the move, but larger construction sites take time.

Talk to your telephone company.
So that you can use the telephone and the Internet in your new apartment from the start, you should re-register your telephone and inform the provider when the move will take place.

Buy moving supplies.
You may still have some moving boxes lying around, but you should be sure to find enough space for whatever you want to take with you. You can find all the materials you need on the Internet and in hardware stores.

Take care of a moving company.
Sometimes a move cannot be managed alone, even with the help of friends, and experts have to work. Find out what costs you will have to pay and make appointments in good time.

Clear it out.
Nobody likes to admit it, but almost everyone has a lot lying around in the basement, in the attic or in the garage. Take the time to sort out junk and, if necessary, dispose of it immediately.

Pack up.
When the moving date approaches, you should already start to stow the first things in the boxes. Logically, start with the things that you will probably no longer need until the move. Each finished box saves you work on the actual moving day.

Get rid of your bulky waste.
As a rule, when you move, some things are left behind that are not taken into the new apartment. You should therefore make an appointment in good time for the bulky waste, where you can separate these parts.

Submit a request for forwarding.
To ensure that your post is actually sent to the new address and does not end up incorrectly at your last place of residence, you should submit a forwarding request to Swiss Post.

Renovate the old apartment.
Since you had to pay a new deposit, you will certainly want to have the old one back. Read your old rental agreement and see in which condition the apartment must be handed over. If necessary, allow time to repaint or wallpaper the walls.

Control your transfers.
As soon as the new lease runs, you should set up a corresponding standing order for the rental. At the same time, you can delete the old standing order as soon as the last rent has been transferred to the former landlord.

Put everything you need together.
You should pack your valuables and documents together so that you do not lose sight of them. You can find them quickly and have everything at hand in your new home.

Keep moving utensils ready.
With all of this packing, you should remember to store your tools in such a way that you can easily access them in the new apartment. Otherwise the structure of the furniture could become a problem. Cleaning supplies should also be available, as a move inevitably gets a bit dirty.

Handover of the apartment with the old landlord.
Once the apartment is empty and clean, you can hand it over to the old landlord. This is also where the meter readings are read and recorded in writing and the house keys are returned.

Free resignation letter templates

Would you like to terminate your apartment, your insurance, your mobile phone contract or the contract with the gym to move? Then simply download our free termination letter templates and templates:

  • Termination Letter Flat Template Word, PDF
  • Termination letter insurance template Word, PDF
  • Letter of termination gym template Word, PDF
  • Cancellation letter mobile phone contract template Word, PDF

Moving Checklist: After Moving

You have arrived and have the hardest part behind you. The movers did a good job, most of the furniture is already there, and the boxes have been distributed to various places in the new apartment. Nothing stands in the way of furnishing your new home and getting used to the surroundings.

Start clearing out.
It is a tedious job, but you will be glad when the boxes are finally empty. Unpack one box after the other and think about what to store where, so that you don't have any problems looking for them later.

Make it tidy.
After everything is unpacked, it should be tidied up first. Everything that is no longer needed ends up in the garbage - so that the cellar is not full again.

Get to know the neighbors.
To have a good start in the new neighborhood, introduce yourself to the other parties. You can't go wrong with a little attention.

Please log in.
One of the first ways you should go to the registration office to re-register there.

Change your address anywhere.
Your address is stored with a wide variety of companies, authorities or services. Remember to change these everywhere. This includes, for example, your insurances, offices, your new employer, your bank and profiles at mail order companies. Friends and relatives should also be informed of the new address.

Throw a housewarming party.
As a final conclusion to the move and to get to know new friends, colleagues, and neighbors better, you can hold a housewarming party.

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