What to remember when moving? An extensive guide
Moving can be an overwhelming process. There are many things to remember and consider before and during the move, and it can be easy to overlook important details. However, with the right preparation and possible moving assistance, the process can become much easier. Therefore, we have compiled 13 things that are essential to get organized and remember to do during your moving process.
#1 Registering the move with the Civil Registration System (CPR)
The Civil Registration System is probably one of the most important things to remember and register when you move. It keeps track of where everyone lives. This is important for several reasons, including voting rights, taxes, and many other public services. Ensure to do this within the set deadline after your move, which is no later than 5 days after you've moved. Also, in most municipalities, you can report your move a maximum of 4 weeks before it is official.
Having a good doctor is not only a convenience, but it's essential for your well-being. When you move, especially if it's far from your current residence, it may be necessary to find a new doctor closer to your new home. Start by investigating clinics and practices in your new area. Read reviews, talk to neighbors or locals to get recommendations. Finding the right doctor who understands your needs and health challenges may take time. But remember, when you change your address at the citizen service center, you have the option to change doctors for free. So, it's a good chance to ensure you get the best healthcare in your new neighborhood.
#3 Who needs your change of address?
It's surprising how many places have your address registered. Think of everything from magazine subscriptions to memberships in various clubs. Make a list and write down your subscriptions, memberships, etc. Make sure to update all of them.
Here's a list:
- Blood Bank
- Various subscriptions
- Utility companies – electricity, water, heating, gas
- Recreational activities
- Account and membership cards
- Doctor – if you're keeping the same one
- Phone, TV, and internet provider
A good advice is also to inform PostNord about your change of address. This ensures that your mail and other important documents are delivered to your new address and don't get lost. By taking this proactive measure, you reduce the risk of important letters, such as bills, ending up unnoticed in your old mailbox. Moreover, delayed or missing mail can lead to unnecessary complications or fees, which can be frustrating in the midst of an already busy move. Thus, it's worthwhile to spend a few minutes ensuring that PostNord is updated with your latest information.
#5 Name on your new mailbox
A small but essential detail is to make sure your name is clearly and visibly written on the new mailbox. A clear name ensures that the mail carrier can quickly identify your mailbox, reducing the risk of mix-ups. This is especially important in larger housing complexes or areas with many residences close together. Additionally, it's a good idea to include all household names on the mailbox, so no important bills are lost. Remember, in times of many online orders, a correctly named mailbox also helps ensure that your packages end up in the right place the first time.
#6 The “move” itself
Moving can be a significant task, and often it's something one only experiences a few times in life. Therefore, it's crucial to plan it thoroughly. Will you choose a professional moving company and take advantage of the stress-free moving assistance, where others handle all the details for you? Or are you more into the tough DIY approach, where muscles and all your efforts come into play, but money is saved? Both options have their advantages. - If you're looking for a middle ground, you should consider using our app Shouter to find cheap moving help (save up to 75% compared to market prices). With Shouter, you can find skilled movers in your area who can lend a helping hand with the move, without breaking the bank. It's a great way to get quality moving assistance without hiring a whole moving company.
Regardless of your choice, remember some practical details: Book a moving truck or trailer well in advance to ensure you get the size and model you need. Also, consider parking at both addresses to make the moving process as smooth as possible.
The Tax Agency (SKAT in Denmark) is definitely not an institution you want to have unresolved matters with. Remember that failing to update your address can lead to misunderstandings or missed communications, which can have consequences for your financial and tax situations. By making it a priority to inform them of your new address, you ensure that all tax documents, letters, and important messages reach you on time. This also helps maintain a trouble-free relationship with SKAT, so you're always up-to-date with the latest information and requirements. Always check any digital mailboxes or messages from SKAT to ensure nothing is overlooked.
#8 Reading consumption meters
This step is crucial to ensure you don't end up paying for someone else's consumption. - When you move out, note the meter readings for your electricity, water, heating, and any other meters. At the same time, it's essential to read the meters again when you move into your new home. By doing so, you ensure you only pay for your actual consumption and don't end up with unnecessary surprises in the form of extra bills.
#9 Housing benefits
Housing benefits is a financial aid that many Danes receive to make it easier to pay the rent. This subsidy can be a significant financial relief, especially for those with lower incomes, students, or retirees.
If you already receive housing benefits or are considering applying for it in your new home, it's crucial to keep the relevant authorities updated about any change in your housing situation. This doesn't only include relocations, but also changes in the household, income, or rent.
When you move, your entitlement to housing benefits may change depending on the size, location, and rent of your new residence. Therefore, it's essential to inform the relevant authorities about your move to ensure the correct support. This will also prevent any overpayments that you may be asked to repay later.
Remember to check the specific requirements and deadlines for reporting changes so that you can continue to receive the support you are entitled to without interruptions.
#10 Cleaning and paint job
When you leave a rental property, it's often required to return the home in the same condition as when you moved in. This includes cleaning and, in some cases, painting. Plan this well in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service to ensure the work is done to a high standard. This can save you a lot of hassle and ensure you get your deposit back without issues. Additionally, if you're moving into a new home, it's nice to do a thorough cleaning before settling in, ensuring you start in a fresh and clean environment.
Your insurance company is essential to notify when moving. This ensures that all important information and documents are sent to the right address. Moreover, when you move to a new region or city, your insurance conditions might change. For example, the risk of theft could be higher in a big city compared to the countryside. Therefore, remember to discuss this with your insurance company. This will guarantee that you are adequately covered in case of unforeseen events.
#12 Vehicle registration
If you own a car, motorcycle, or other vehicles, it's essential to update the registration with your new address. This way, all documents, such as invoices for tolls or parking fees, will be sent to the right place. Moreover, if your vehicle is involved in any situation requiring official communication, like traffic violations or incidents, the authorities will know where to contact you.
#13 Digital services and entertainment subscriptions
In today's digital age, we all have various subscriptions and online services that require our home address. Think of everything from streaming services to digital magazines or shopping sites. It's essential to update these with your new address to ensure continuous and correct service. Especially if there are physical deliveries, such as monthly boxes or goods you've purchased online.
Useful Links for the Move
The moving process can seem overwhelming, but we've put together a short list of some of the websites you'll need to update your information on. In addition, we've also created a small list of great tools that can make the entire process more manageable.
Official sites for updating information:
- Borger.dk - all info about the public sector
- The Tenants' National Organization in Denmark
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Resident Parking License - If you have a car.
Shouter - Our moving service handles the physical part of the move
Remember to take the time to explore and utilize these resources. With the right preparation, your moving process can become much more streamlined and stress-free.
Moving can be one of the most stressful experiences in life, but with proper preparation and a solid checklist, you can significantly ease the process. Having all the little details in order can make all the difference and ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.
By following this guide and keeping track of all the points mentioned, you can be confident that nothing important has been overlooked. Happy moving, and may your new home bring you lots of happy memories!
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