How to prepare your move

Between the formalities, packing, loading, transporting and unloading, moving has always been a very stressful process. However, you can have a successful move if you have a clear plan of action. Yes, you guessed it; the secret to a successful move is good organization. But what are the key steps in a move? And how do you go about it?

How long does it take to prepare for a move?

Whether you are a tenant or an owner, you need a minimum of three months to complete all the steps and to complete your moving project. However, it all depends on the size of your premises and the formalities necessary for your change of address.  Anticipation is always a better approach if you want to succeed in your move. It allows you to sort out what is unnecessary so that you can concentrate on packing the important items.

Housing formalities before moving 

When you are a tenant 

Rental contracts often stipulate a 3-month notice period before moving out. To avoid double rent, it is therefore sometimes necessary to give notice even before finding new accommodation.

It is therefore recommended to start organizing your move as soon as the notice is given to the owner. By anticipating your move, you will have more choices among movers who will quote based on your arrival city.

When you are the owner

When you buy a new home, it takes between 3 and 6 months to obtain the necessary deeds of sale for the change of owner. This is a comfortable time frame for organizing a move. The date of departure can be specified afterwards according to the progress of the formalities.

Small tasks to make the move easier

Sort out your belongings (furniture, clothes, papers…)

This will reduce the amount of packaging and clutter in your home. You take the opportunity to gather the necessary materials for the packaging such as: boxes of different sizes tape, labels…  

Empty the freezer

Depending on the size and number of people in a room, a freezer can hold a considerable amount of foodstuffs; it is essential to avoid adding more. Your movers are not allowed to transport your freezer with food; you will need to work to exhaust the existing stock.

Anticipate administrative procedures

1- Enrolment of children in a crèche or a new school

2- Resignation from a company if one of the spouses must leave his or her position to follow the other.

Prepare concretely for the move

Proceed to packing

It is important not to wait until the last moment to pack your things.  Start with the things you use rarely and end with the things you use frequently. 

Contact your energy and water suppliers

Since at your new address you will have a new contract, it is preferable to close those in progress in order to start again on a new basis.

Choose a date for the move

If you choose to entrust your move to a specialized company, you must communicate the chosen date in advance in order to make sure that the schedule is convenient for both parties. 

Report your departure

If you are a tenant, you must make an appointment for the inventory of fixtures of the apartment and then contact the municipal services to reserve a parking space near your home. You must contact the administrations one week in advance to inform them of your upcoming move.

The last arrangements

Empty and unplug the fridge the day before. Do small tasks such as dishwashing and plate setting. You must take care of the smallest details and be ready to go on D-day. You must clean your apartment one last time and read the electricity, water and gas meters.

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