Don't forget! - The checklist for your move

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Don't forget! - The checklist for your move


It cannot be denied: moving to a new house is no picnic. A lot of admin has to be done a few weeks before the move and in the new home you can expect many more little things to do. To make the move to your new home as simple as possible, we present this useful relocation checklist based on information from the Swiss Tenants' Association and other sources. With these checklists you can plan your move with no fuss. Because, as the old saying goes, good preparation is half the battle.

Download all checklists as PDF:

  • As early as possible
  • 4 weeks before relocation
  • 2 weeks before relocation
  • 1 week before relocation
  • 2 days before relocation
  • On moving day
  • In the new home

Simply print out, tick off point by point and move hassle-free.

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What you should do as early as possible

  • Before you sign the lease, check it carefully. If necessary, have it checked by a specialist.
  • You need to cancel the old lease in time and according to the contract, but only when a new lease is signed and sealed.
  • Is there any damage to the old home? If yes, report it to the administration and liability insurance as soon as possible.
  • A furniture plan for the new home can help with organizing your interior design.
  • Create an inventory of things to move. It will prevent things from becoming lost and also help with organizing.
  • Set aside one day: Apply for a day's relocation leave (at least 1 day) from your employer.
  • Let others do the moving: Instruct the moving company. Confirm the move and exact date in writing.
  • Moving yourself: Hire suitable helpers and book a suitable rental vehicle (if you plan to move on a specific date, book early).
  • Letting others do the cleaning: Hire cleaning companies. Confirm the move and exact date in writing.
  • Doing the cleaning yourself: Hire suitable helpers.
  • Waste: home, adjoining rooms, clearing out the garden and organizing appropriate waste removal.
  • Tidy up the garden, if this is stipulated in the contract.
  • School/kindergarten: Inform the old and new schools about the planned move; discuss any transition problems.
  • Telephone, cable, DSL: Here you should check your notice periods; check availability in your new home and make an appointment to change the address on time.

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What you should do four weeks before the move

"I know where this house is!" It's amazing how many people and places need your address; therefore, make sure you change your address at:

  • Bank/PostFinance
  • Electricity company
  • Gas company
  • Waterworks (single-family dwelling)
  • Alert resident control (observe deadline)
  • AHV compensation fund for the self-employed and pensioners
  • Doctor/dentist
  • Work
  • School/Kindergarten
  • Road Traffic Office
  • Vehicle identity card/driving license (note deadline)
  • Health insurance and insurance
  • Tax office
  • Magazine, newspaper subscriptions

Quite often address changes can be done easily online. Check the respective websites.

also not to be forgotten ...

  • Postal forwarding request: Form at the post office or online (Tip: It is much cheaper doing it online than at the counter)
  • Insurance check, if necessary, adjust coverage of the furniture insurance;
  • Report changed construction conditions where required by the policy.
  • Change standing order for paying rent.
  • Entrepreneur: Order new printed material and stamps.
  • Do you want new furniture? - Order the new furniture to your new address and arrange a suitable delivery date.
  • Sometimes you will already know that meeting individual appointments will not quite work out: If there are gaps between handing over the old home, transporting it, moving into a new home, delivering new furniture, etc., Self-Storage offers temporary storage space. At placeB, you can book storage space with complete flexibility, from as little as a week. No other provider is as quick and flexible as placeB. Because there is sometimes great demand around move dates, now is the time to book a suitable box for the desired date.
  • All house keys still available? - Check keys, in terms of rental agreement or separate key directory.

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What you need to do two weeks before your move

  • Make minor repairs that the tenant has to pay for.
  • Obtain packaging material in sufficient quantity. These include cardboard boxes, protective material and adhesive tape.
  • Packaging: Pack items you can do without for the moment, such as books, records, folders, laundry, clothes, wine and clearly label according to the content and destination (room).
  • It would be a good idea to inform your neighbours and the caretaker about your use of access and lift on the relocation day.
  • Reserve a parking bay for the moving truck (for public areas: at the police). At the old and new place.
  • Property handover: Discuss details with the landlord. In case of changes, inform the transport and cleaning company.

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What you should do one week before your move

  • Clearly mark fragile goods and liquids.
  • Do you have children and/or pets? - Organize supervision during the move.
  • Radio/TV: Alert Billag AG of change of address. Tel. 084 483 48 34
  • Dismantle furniture where it is not the responsibility of the transport company. Put small metal parts, screws, etc. in a bag, label it, and attach the bag directly to the associated piece of furniture.
  • Have the toolbox ready.
  • Use up all the food.
  • Protect floors: Where floors could be slippery at the old or new home, provide non-slip covers.
  • Start packing, label transport goods, label everything according to content and destination (room numbers).
  • New home: Check the condition of your new home with your landlord present and keep everything in writing.
  • Did you pay the deposit?



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What you should do two days before your move

  • Freezer: Consume what's left in the freezer or give it away. If necessary, keep food as cold as possible - cover with newspapers or transport in a suitable cooler. Immediately turn on the freezer at the new home.
  • Pack valuables, documents, collections separately and transport them personally, possibly storing them temporarily. You can easily do that with us! Click here to check out the possibilities.
  • Pack plants appropriately. Do not water the plants on the moving day in winter and protect them from frost.
  • Close cupboard doors and lock drawers with adhesive tape or block firmly with cardboard. Remove the key, place it in a small plastic bag, label it and attach it directly to the appropriate piece of furniture.
  • For those moving on their own: Pick up the rental vehicle the evening before.
  • Close off parking for the transport car on the eve of the move (at the old and new location).
  • Prepare meals, including drinks, for the day of the move. Don't forget the team helping you move.
  • Important items: Tools, first-aid kit, toiletries (toilet paper!), flashlight, light bulbs, extension cord, tape, cardboard box, thick felt-tip pen. Keep everything separately available and load last.
  • Also provide cleaning materials and garbage bags separately.
  • Have cash for transport and cleaning company ready.

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On moving day, you should keep the following in mind:

  • Wear good shoes and appropriate clothes.
  • Bigger children should do certain tasks during the move and be allowed to carry their favorite things themselves.
  • Check parking for the moving truck. Keep access routes clear.
  • Expressly point out fragile, sensitive and dangerous objects to the removal team.
  • Damage during move: Immediately request written confirmation from the removal man in case of defects.

  • Take care when loading the van: Load last what is needed first. Clever stacking saves a lot of space. Secure sensitive items.
  • Lights: Leave bulbs in some light sockets of the old residence. During daylight, install sufficient lighting in the new location.
  • Hang the furniture plan where it is clearly visible. It may help to number the rooms of the new home.
  • Attach name tags to the mailbox and door.

  • In order not to pay for the previous tenant, make sure to write down meter readings (electricity, gas, possibly heating and hot water).
  • Property handover: Complete the complete moving-out report with the landlord present. Only note what is actually relevant.
  • Return the keys: They represent the return of the home. Subsequently you no longer have permission to enter the old home. Not even for cleaning or repairs.
  • Home takeover: Complete the complete moving-in report with the landlord present. Only note what actually applies.

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Arriving at your new home? - What you should not forget

  • As a precaution, write down the meter readings (electricity, gas, possibly heating and hot water).
  • Report damage to goods and furniture in writing to the moving company within three days.
  • Defects found later on: Inspect everything and to check for functionality, and if necessary, immediately notify the company of any problems.
  • Place furniture correctly, do not place furniture too close to the wall - at least two fingers away (for air circulation) to prevent moisture damage. Exterior walls are particularly prone to cause damage.
  • Less is more. Do not stuff the new home – you need space to live. What you do not need right now, find a spot at placeB near you. And because the placeB app on your smartphone is the key, you always have access to your storage.
  • Neighbors: Personal introduction facilitates neighborliness right from the start.
  • Residents' Registration Office: Register before the deadline.
  • Children: Changing school can have a profound influence on children; they therefore deserve special attention: by exploring the environment with them, finding the safest way to school/kindergarten, making the first contact with children in the neighborhood, if necessary, with a welcome party to get to know each other.

Et voilà - you have completed the list! - That means, you finally arrived in your new home. Welcome! Have you noticed that for a few items there is no place in your new home? But you do not want to throw them away? Then store it at placeB! placeB gives you space and access to your favorite things around the clock.