Moving in the best way
Planing to move soon? Here is some useful advice from romand-immobilier.ch which will help you plan and carry out your moving in the best way!
Who to inform of your moving?
The agency, the real estate or owner of your current home
In general, in Suisse romande, the cancellation of your renting lease has to be done three months in advance. However, it is often possible to negotiate with your agency, in particular if your find a solvent person willing to take over your lease. In this case, a two month notice can be accepted. In some situations, your agency can arrange for a shorter term.
Inform your employer of your upcoming move and find out how many days off you are in title of.
Annonce your changement of adress
Usualy, you must go in person to the inhabitant controle service of your locality to announce your moving and give your new address. Then, rendez-vous at the post office to obtain your free changement of address cards, useful for companies and institutions you or your family are in contact with.
- Medical insurance - Bank/Post office
- Phone opérator
- Internet providor
- Driving licence department of the police services
- Various insurances
- Newspapers/magazines you have subscribed to
- Home delivery services
- Military administration
- Parents and friends
- Clients and business partners
When mail is addressed to your previous address, the post office of your locality will forward it to your new address during one year. Passed this date, it will be returned to their sender.
One to two months before your moving
Who will take charge of your moving?
If you don't want to take care of your moving yourself, contact 2 or 3 moving companies, ask them for a printed and signed price estimation. Professional cleaning companies are also available. If you wish to do the moving yourself, reserve a van for the evening before your moving, or check out your own vehicle to prevent from a breakdown on that very same day. Ask friends well in advance if you wish them to help out moving or cleaning.
Contact friends and local shops to find plenty of boxes. Think of covers, scotch, string, pens, etc.
You will surely need to get rid of a few furniture pieces or cumbrous objects which will not fit appropriatly in your new home. Keep an updated list and check out with friends and family who may be interested in any of these items. If you have to throw them away, contact second hand traders. Find out from your local administration service about the dates of garbage pick up and the opening hours of the closest waste center.
Damage and deterioration
Rapidly warn your agency and/or your insurance about any deterioration of your place. If it is your responsability, have the damage repaired by professionnals (specialised companies).
Material belonging to your housing
Check that you are in possession of all keys and other material that belongs to your agency such as kitchen or balcony accessories. Tell your agency if anything is deteriorated or lost.
One to two weeks preceding your moving
Contact your agency or the owner to set a date for the inventory.
Wrap your objets
Start wrapping your objects. Make sure your don't overload the boxes. Paper bags can be used for small or light objects.
Pack your clothes
Gather all your clothes, including those put aside in the cellar. Take the opportunity to clean, sort out and give away those which have not been used since two years and over ( you know you won't be using them any more).
Pack your furniture
Disassemble furniture, put the screws together in a small plastic bag and scotch it on to the item. Bubbled plastic wrapping is very practical, especially for the most fragile and valuable pieces.
Organise access to your home
Informe your caretaker and neighbours of your future moving. Plan for the moving vehicles to have easy access to your home door. Find out from your caretaker, agency or local police.
Just before, during and after the moving
If you are using your personal vehicle for the moving, prepare it in advance. You may want to protect leather seats or other fragile parts. Make the most space possible at the back of your car. If you have rented a van, make sure your driving licence is updated.
Watering of plants
Think of not watering your plants to much before the move, it will make them lighter to transport.
Plan and organise
Label your furniture and boxes with numbers. Write down their emplacement in your new place (kitchen, bedroom, sitting room, etc.) If you are employing your own movers, distribute heavier pieces to the strongest of them. Do not have a person with back problems carry heavy loading.
Have something to eat and drink prepared for the movers, such as croissants during the morning, cold meals for lunch. Keep from serving vodka and whisky to the drivers.
Refrigerated and frozen foods
Have an ice box available and make sure you don't leave it waiting too long in the car. Think about not buying to many frozen foods just before moving.
Check that your new home has enough lighting for the time of your moving, if it not the case, install temporary lights.
Fill in the entry and leaving forms with each of the relared inhabitants. Be especially careful to little details that your new home could have and have them noted on the corresponding form. Read emplissez les formulaires de sortie et d'entrée avec les propriétaires respectifs. Soyez particulièrement attentif aux petits défauts que votre nouveau logement pourrait comporter et faites-les inscrire sur le formulaire correspondant. Read again with attention all the sheets before signing them.
Damages observed after the moving
Let your insurance or moving companie about any damage caused during the move. If you have noticed and defaults or deteriorations in your new hom, announce them rapidly to your owner by signature required mail.