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Preparing your move

14 january 2017 - The big day will soon be there. Whether you are moving with the help of a professional or on your own, make sure you prepare all the steps and don’t forget to make a checklist!

Preparing your move

The big day will soon be there. Whether you are moving with the help of a professional or on your own, make sure you prepare all the steps and don’t forget to make a checklist!

 

3 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Find a removal company
  • Estimate the volume to be moved: calculated in cubic meters it corresponds in general to half the surface in sq m; so a volume of 50 cubic meters for a surface of 100 sq m
  • Ask for several estimates because prices can vary from one to three. There are several ways of doing this: either the movers take care of everything from A to Z, but at a cost or they take down and re-assemble the furniture or even just do the loading and unloading, but you have to pack…

 

2 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Start by sorting, giving away or throwing out
  • Put everything you will not need until the move into cardboard boxes
  • Label each box with its contents and the room to which it must go in your new home
  • Ask your employer for a day off. You have the right to a day off and more if the distance is significant.

 

1 MONTH BEFORE

  • Inform your commune of residence of your departure and if changing Canton inform all the relevant services. Within 14 days after your move don’t forget to register your arrival with the population office in your new commune. They will inform the tax authorities
  • If you have children deal with their change of school
  • Have your mail forwarded to your new address
  • Inform the utilities company in your current and new homes to have the meters checked and services switched on
  • Make sure your new address is given to your bank, employer, health insurance and other insurances…

  

8 DAYS BEFORE

  • Indicate where your items of furniture should be placed on the plan of your new home and give it to your movers on the day.
  • Take down everything from the walls because the movers won’t
  • Think of emptying and melting the fridge and deep freeze two days before the move
  • Confirm the time of the move with the movers and let your neighbours know the day before.

 

ON THE DAY

  • Make sure there is someone to meet the movers at your new address
  • When unpacking check there has been no breakage
  • Think of giving a tip to the movers and maybe offer them a drink!
  • Prepare a survival KIT to avoid having to rummage through boxes on this most hectic of days.

 

Our tips if you decide to move on your own

  • Check the departure and arrival points to make sure all the furniture can fit through the doors or up the staircase
  • Have on hand – cardboard boxes, heavy-duty tape, tools etc.
  • Rent a van for the transport
  • Get your mates to give you a hand.

And don’t forget that a move, even if you do it on your own, does have a cost.