Changing your home is not something you can improvise! The key word when you move is organization.
Even if you are more of the type to let yourself be carried away by events in general, you will have to organize your move. Otherwise, you may face some unpleasant surprises that could ruin the atmosphere: bills to pay for services related to your old home that you did not terminate, gas and electricity meters closed when you arrived in your new home, logistical problems to transport your large appliances, etc.
Here is the ultimate to do list to help you organize your move with complete peace of mind! We take over in the form of retro-planning all the tasks to be performed in the 3 months preceding your move. Let’s get to work!
Organize your move at D-3 months: sale, notice and budget
First question to ask yourself: what should you do about your old home?
- If you are a homeowner, you probably plan to sell your home. It is preferable to do this at least 3 months in advance. If you entrust the sale to a real estate agent, it will take you a little time to find the right partner and secure the transaction.
- If you are a tenant, you must generally inform your landlord 3 months in advance of your intention to leave the dwelling by giving him/her notice (see your lease for details).
It is also a time to consider the collateral effects of your move for yourself (in relation to your job, your activities…) and, if you have any, for your children… If they are still young, you may have to find a new childcare solution.
Finally, it is also time to establish your estimated budget for the move. By having a clear picture of costs, you can better spread out expenses and also better deal with unforeseen events.
1 month before the move: sorting, logistical and administrative organisation
With one month to go before the move, everything is accelerating! You’ll barely have time to think. Once again, it is better to get organized!
Your first task will be to sort through your belongings to decide what to keep and pack everything for the move. Keep in mind that the more efficient and accurate you are in this step, the more difficulties you will avoid when moving! What to do with what you don’t keep? There are several ways to do this: donate it to associations or relatives, sell it or throw it away.
At the same time, it is time to think about the practical organisation of the move. Are you going to book a moving vehicle? Use a moving company? Or take on these tasks yourself? Do you need an interim storage solution? How will you move the most bulky items such as your washing machine, your freezer, and, if you have one, your piano? Would it be useful to reserve a parking space to facilitate the move?
Don’t forget, if necessary, to take time off from work with your employer to be available and rested for D-Day. Provide a childcare solution for children and pets!
You can already inform your employer of your upcoming change of address, as well as your bank, and you may want to take the opportunity to change branches or, indeed, banks.
If you receive unemployment benefits, you must notify the Forem yourself of your change of address as well as your union or the unemployment benefit payment fund. A number of institutions and companies will be informed automatically when you are domiciled at your new address: the mutual insurance company, the family allowance fund, the CPAS… It is therefore not necessary to notify them.
Moving list at D-3 weeks: cancellation/subscription of subscriptions
3 weeks before your move, it is time to review all the subscriptions and services related to your current home: telecom, energy, magazine subscriptions…
Some subscriptions will have to be cancelled and others may simply be transferred to your new address. The procedure can be more or less lengthy depending on the case. Ask around!
Gas and electricity subscriptions
For your gas and electricity subscriptions, 2 scenarios are possible:
- Lighting and heating are already working in your future home: all you need to do is fill out an energy recovery document with the former occupant or owner. The document, signed by both parties, must then be sent to your energy supplier.
- Lighting and heating are switched off due to work or because the dwelling was unoccupied: contact the distribution system manager (DSO) to have the meters opened. Be careful, this can take several days. You will find the name of your DSO here.
Be careful, you must have signed a contract with an energy supplier beforehand. If this is your first move, don’t forget to do this first.
If you already have a contract for the supply of gas and/or electricity, it may be time to check whether there are more advantageous offers on the market! Take a look at the offer of essent.be, for example, which supplies electricity and gas throughout Wallonia. On the site, you can even get an idea of your monthly down payment thanks to a simulator: practical to manage your budget!
For water supply as well, you will need to fill out a form for the transfer of meters for your old and new address.
Also notify your insurer and terminate the contracts related to your current home.
Organize your move at 2 weeks from the D-day
Your move is fast approaching! You can already notify the municipal administration of your change of address. However, it will be necessary to wait for your move before it can be officially recorded.
If you want to have your mail forwarded to your new address, you can make a request. This is a paid service but it will save you from having to make arrangements with the new occupant of your accommodation and from making trips to pick up your mail.
It can also be a good time to invite your friends to a garage sale or garage sale to get rid of your superfluous items or furniture.
Finally, start sorting the contents of your refrigerator freezer for moving.
Things to do 1 week before the move
This is the home stretch! Ideally, almost all your possessions are stored in boxes, ready to be transported to your new address. If not, it’s time to finalize all this!
Make an appointment to carry out an inventory of fixtures when you leave your old home and enter your new home.
Don’t forget the day before the move
Check that everything is working properly in your new home: electricity, heating, Internet, telephone…
Unplug, defrost and clean your refrigerator freezer. Set aside all practical objects and utensils useful for moving (broom, sticky paper, devils, scissors…). Also plan to provide food and hydration for the participants in the move!
List of things to do on moving day
If you are moving without the help of a specialized company, start by briefing the people who help you to avoid wasting time. Define tasks clearly and take a few breaks throughout the day.
If you have used a moving company, your role will mainly consist of unpacking and tidying things up.
Don’t forget to set the last little details at your old address: turn off the heating, remove the nameplates on the mailbox….
Have a nice move!