Moving: Checklist

Moving: Checklist

Statistically speaking, around nine million people in Germany change homes each year. This means that in every sixth household a move takes place. Sometimes it's love, sometimes the job. The reasons why people move are as diverse as the people themselves. But most moves are not going very smoothly. That's why you should always think carefully in the case of a pending move, what actually everything is done, so that problems can not even arise - and in good time. A relocation checklist can be very helpful.

The Perfect Relocation Checklist

Even if you would like: The one, perfect relocation checklist does not exist! No one will be able to give you a checklist that is guaranteed to have exactly what is important to you personally. The reason for this is that every household and thus every move can be fundamentally different. For example, a move from others may differ in the following ways:

  • Distance between the old and the new dwelling
  • Quantity of furniture, clothing, ...
  • Term of notice for the old dwelling
  • Amount of the deposit for the new apartment

Depending on what exactly will happen during your move: You will need an individual relocation checklist. Fortunately, it is still possible to create a relocation checklist that covers at least the most important points in a move. Such a checklist can easily be supplemented by you with additional points. It is best, however, you create several checklists: for different periods. The first tasks that can be incurred during a move start as early as four months before you actually move.

A good checklist contains, among other things, all the deadlines that you have to comply with when moving. So not only what you have to do, but also when it needs to be done. Especially in relation to contracts, such as the lease or the daily newspaper, this is very important.

Especially for contracts, it makes sense that you even specify until when the respective contract must be terminated at the latest. Make sure you pay attention to the notice periods and enter them accordingly in your checklist. Otherwise, you run the risk of missing a deadline and not being able to terminate the contract on time.

Check your done immediately

It is important that you check everything you have already done in the checklist. The closer the day moves for the move, the more you will have to deal with in the end. Therefore, everything that you could already do should actually be noted. This makes the checklist much clearer and you do not have to worry about something that has long been done. Such a thing can happen in the relocation stress.

Stay flexible

Even if you have planned your relocation checklist so precisely and then follow it exactly: Stay flexible, so that you can react spontaneously at any time. As a rule, at least one thing is forgotten, often even more, which only suddenly becomes apparent later. If you stick to the timetable on the relocation checklist, you run the risk that, in the event that you actually think of a few things, you will eventually run out of time. Therefore, it is recommended to use any idle times in between and to prefer such things that would have to be done later, such as the termination of contracts. After all, you must not terminate a contract just before you reach the notice period, but also for a long time. So make sure you deviate from your checklist and prefer to take on assignments later.

Never view your relocation checklist as a fixed plan, but only as a facilitator. If you rely too much on what's in the list, you'll soon forget something.

When the countdown begins!

Already several months before the actual move, you should take care of completing your first task. This concerns, for example, finding a new or even the termination of the old apartment. Even an at least already rough calculation of the resulting costs should already be made. Ideally, ask about four months before you move to several removal companies for the approximate cost. Some moving companies also provide relocation helpers on request, while others require you to pack your belongings and carry them to the truck yourself. Get in any case several offers. Since prices can sometimes differ enormously, only you have the opportunity to save as much as possible.

Many other tasks are already available three to four months before the move, such as:

  • Child / he or she will register in the new school or the new kindergarden
  • pick up a forwarding request for their mail
  • maybe open a new bank account at your new place of residence
  • procure moving boxes
  • organize a baby or animal sitter for the day of the move
  • Exploring the New Neighborhood and Getting Directions to the Workplace, School, or Shopping

The Last Month Before Moving

As soon as the last four weeks have come, you should already be planning the renovation - for both the new and the old apartment. Of course, it depends on the content of the lease, whether you need to renovate the move or removal. Normally, it is true that you have to hand over the apartment when you move out. However, some landlords handle it so that the new tenant must renovate when moving in, as it can be avoided that the walls must be repainted twice. The reason is that white walls are no longer standard, but often the walls are painted in color. Buy everything you need for the renovation, such as paint, paint roller, brush, painter's film and masking tape. But you do not have to cancel it, it's best to do that only a week or two before the move, when most of the furniture has already been dismantled, or even better if the old apartment is already completely empty.

Take good care of it Your furniture. If something needs to be disposed of, then the registration of bulky waste is recommended. In many communities, you can have your bulky waste collected once a year free of charge - although in an apartment building of course for the whole house and not per household. In case of emergency, you have to take care of the disposal of the old furniture in time.

Just a few weeks before you move, you should give your new address to your insurance companies, banks and other contractors. So you can be sure that your mail will arrive at the new place of residence in due time. The best thing to do is to gradually start packing the first boxes.

What you should never forget when moving

In apartment buildings, a cellar room is often part of the apartment, which is occasionally forgotten. Also clear this out in good time. In any case, take care in good time to organize all the tools you need when moving, such as a hammer, screwdriver, cordless screwdriver, folding rule or pliers.

So that you do not get ripped off by the landlord or the tenant or the energy providers At the latest on the day of your move, you should read off the water, electricity and gas meters and note the values. You can immediately detect errors in the final settlement. In order for the handover to work smoothly, you should make sure that any defects that may have been caused by you are best documented with a photo. In this way, you can rule out that damage caused by your new tenant will not be passed on to you. Make sure that all keys that you received when you move in are completely returned to the landlord.


There is a lot more to consider when moving than transporting everything from A to B. The range of tasks is far greater than many initially think. With a relocation checklist, however, you are optimally prepared.

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