You want to keep the removal costs down and organise everything yourself. Use this House Move checklist and keep the removal stress under control.
3 months before
- Cancel your rental contract.
- Carry out necessary repairs. In this way you will avoid problems with the inventory and checklist.
- Check that the area around both properties is not closed off on the desired moving date (market, diversion, funfair, no-cars day etc.)
- Book your removal van and/or self-build ladder lift with Dockx Rental. Be aware that it is cheaper to rent during the week than at the weekend. Get advice from a Dockx Service Shop in your area.
- Check out schools or crèches in your new area. Inform your present school and collect school reports and statements.
- Find a doctor, dentist and pharmacy near your new home.
- Contact your friends and family. Send them a change of address, and ask if they might perhaps help with the move.
- Check what subsidies are available to you www.belgium.be/nl/huisvesting/verhuizen/premies_en_tegemoetkomingen
1 month before
- Inform your employer of your house move. Check whether you are allowed a day off with pay.
- Go to www.dockx.be and look at the large offer of removal boxes, packing tape, protective materials and packing materials. Go to a Dockx Service Shop and take the purchased items home straight away.
- Involve your children in the move, give them their own attractive Kids Removal Boxes and the ‘Playhouse Box’.
- Arrange Removal Insurance for the value of the goods to be moved. Dockx can help you with this.
- Notify the water, gas and electricity suppliers, and request their forms to change your address. Arrange for a meter reading.
- Arrange for the phone landline to be disconnected, and set up a phone account at the new address. In addition, have your cable and internet subscription transferred to your new address.
- Contact the Post Office about forwarding your mail. With the Do-My-Move form you can inform your service providers of your move.
- Make arrangements with your bank for a move to a new bank or branch in your new place of residence.
- Inform the pension fund, RVA, VDAB, OCMW, HWV, child benefit fund, ACTIRIS and Kind en Gezin (Child and Family).
- Systematically start packing your domestic goods and dismantling the furniture. Use the correct removal boxes. Start with those items you do not immediately need again such as books, last season’s clothing, archives, shoes, etc….
- Note down the dimensions of your new house, draw a floor plan, determine the layout of the rooms and indicate where to put which boxes and furniture.
- Indicate on the removal box which room it is for and whether the contents are fragile. Use the (pre-printed) labels for this. You can buy these at a Dockx Service Shop.
2 weeks before
- Cancel the insurances for your old address and take them out again for your new address (such as home insurance).
- Inform your health insurance and your doctor. Should you have to move to a different GP because of the move, ask for your medical records to be transferred.
- Arrange with the new owner the inventory and checklist on moving in, and organise the deposit.
- Inform the subscription departments of newspapers and magazines.
- Arrange for adequate parking facilities for the removal van. Apply for this at the municipal council office.
- Ask for the Garbage Collection calendar, and the location of the municipal waste dump, or download the ‘Recycle!-app’.
- Take what you want to get rid of to the municipal waste dump or to the Kringloopwinkel (they organise re-sale of unwanted furniture etc.)
- Send a reminder to your house-move helpers and give them both addresses.
- Use up the food in your freezer and other stored supplies.
1 week before
- Empty and dismantle the remainder of the furniture. Also make sure that your household goods are packed for damage-free transport.
- Take down the ‘fixtures’ that have to move with you: curtain tracks, towel rails/racks, carpets, built-in items.
- Check that all lockers (school, sports club) are empty.
- If your pet has an electronic chip, notify the central animal database.
- Arrange for someone to look after your children and pets on the day of the move.
1 day before
- Switch off the freezer and the fridge. Empty and defrost both.
- Detach electrical appliances and lighting brackets.
- Switch off washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher. Drain the water and clean the appliances.
- Put out what you will need immediately on the day of the move (tools, scissors, packing tape, etc.)
- Pack a small suitcase with things you need for one night (blankets, pillows, toiletries, etc.)
- Use the Dockx Key Box for everything you will definitely need the next day (chargers, important keys to cupboards, etc.)
- Go and check to make sure that no one has parked on the reserved parking spot so that the removal van can park easily. And everyone can get to work immediately.
- Make an early start so as to be completely installed by the end of the day.
- Provide enough food and drinks. Motivated helpers put in more effort.
- Get water, gas and electricity meters read (of the old and new properties).
- Close off water mains if there is a hard frost.
- Turn off the mains water tap.
- Turn off the heating. Check that all windows and doors are shut.
- Collect all keys.
- Go over the property and discuss with your helpers what is to be done and how.
- Is everything loaded on to the van and the removal team ready to go? Nothing forgotten? Go round one last time to check everything.
After the move
- Check for possible removal damage.
- Register with the new municipal council offices, Civil Affairs department within a week to notify them of your new address.
- Get your address changed on your identity card and your driving licence at the registry office.
- Get your address changed on your direct debit bills.
- Apply to the local council for your residents parking permit.
- Check whether any deliveries were made to the old address after you moved.
- Get to know the new neighbours, new suppliers, local societies.
Notify your change of address
- Family, friends and acquaintances
- Employers and colleagues
- Health Insurance
- Post Office
- Insurance companies and estate agents
- Gas, electricity and water suppliers
- Cable company, telephone company and/or Internet provider
- Tax office, VAT office, social secretariat
- Societies and sports clubs
- Council offices
- Newspapers and magazines
- Scissors, cutting knife
- String, ropes, straps
- Pens, paper, post-it stickers
- Cleaning materials: floor cloth, bucket, sponge, towel
- Blankets and strong cardboard (to protect furniture)
- Light bulbs, extension cables