Moving checklist: 5 steps to your dream home

Step 1 – Plan ahead

Many things can be settled in advance:

  • Find the home of your dreams in the largest Swiss property market: house-hunting with
  • Request a record of debt collection (most landlords require this along with the application form).
  • Sign the agreement for your new home and terminate your current agreement on time. Always send the termination letter by post as registered mail.
    Note: The letter must reach the landlord by the last day before the termination deadline. The date of the postmark does not matter; the relevant date is the one on which the landlord receives the termination letter.
    If you give notice prematurely, suggest three equivalent new tenants to your landlord. Otherwise, you will have to pay the rent for the remaining period of notice.
  • If you move in with several other persons: agree with your landlord on a contract clause governing contractual amendments (moving in/out of individual parties).
  • Advertise your old home via Comparis
  • Cancel your telephone, Internet and/or TV plan for your old address and re-register for your new one. For more information, visit the homepage of the provider in question: Swisscom / Sunrise / upc
  • Re-register your radio and TV licence.
  • Dispose of special waste and bulky items.
  • Book a means of transport/van as early as possible:


Step 2 – Don't forget anything

There are things we don't do every day, but only when moving home. We have thought of everything for you:

  • Cancel registration at your old place of residence.
  • Change of address notification to:
    • health insurance provider
    • car insurance provider (notify new parking situation as it influences the premium: garage or outdoor parking space) 
    • district command / civil defence / civilian service
    • employer / update emergency contact information
    • doctors
    • banks/PostFinance/credit card company
    • telephone directory entry ("Directories")
    • schools/kindergarten/institute of further education
  • Instruct Swiss Post to forward your mail.
  • Notify your electricity/gas provider of your move and ask them to read the meter.
  • Clear out your flat, closets, basement, garage, attic and garden:
    • Dispose of rubbish and things you no longer need or bring them to a second-hand or charity store.
    • Dispose of old or unneeded medication at the pharmacy or at a collection site.
    • Clear out clothes and drop them in a donation bin or take them to a charity store.
  • Buy moving boxes / packing material (e.g. at MICASA or IKEA) or procure them somewhere else (ask your friends and family or at local stores).
  • Start packing in time.

Next steps

  • Cleaning: who will assist you? Friends and family or a cleaning company? (see below)
  • Removal: who will assist you? Friends and family or a removal firm?
  • Removal insurance:
    • Personal liability and home contents insurance cover for damage caused by helpers during the move.
    • The removal firm's transport insurance covers for damage caused by its employees. Make sure that the sum insured is adequate.
  • Fix appointments:
    • Moving day: ask your employer for leave (you are usually entitled to one day off. Ask for additional days if needed)
    • Handover of old residence together with the landlord
    • Handover of new residence
    • Plumber for removal of washing machine (have it installed by a professional)
    • Possibly workmen for repair work at your old residence


Ask your landlord how you should leave the rental property: well-swept or thoroughly cleaned? These are the most important things that need cleaning:

  • oven, cooker 
  • empty refrigerator as completely as possible / defrost freezer 
  • dishwasher and filters 
  • extractor hood and other air fans or vents 
  • toilet, shower/bath tub 
  • radiators, sills, shelves and door frames 
  • windows (inside and out including double windows) 
  • garage, basement, attic, letter box and parcel box


Step 3 – Final check

The devil is in the details. Our tips can help you avoid having to grope in the dark:

  • Organise tools and possibly also a battery drill for (dis)assembly.
    • Remove nails, screws and wall plugs.
  • Arrange for trolleys, blankets and tension belts for a safe transport.
  • Prepare a first-aid kit for the removal (better safe than sorry).
  • Who has time to help you on moving day? Look for more helpers if necessary.
  • Notify the neighbours.
  • Reserve a parking space.
  • Prepare 1-2 lamps including light bulbs and extension cords in order to have a first light source in your new home.


Step 4 – Moving

Welcome to your new home! Technically, everything should run smoothly today:

  • Compile the inspection report together with your landlord and record defects during the walk-through. If the landlord notes defects during the move-out inspection, the tenant can report this to his/her personal liability / home contents insurance provider. In such a case, the tenant also has the opportunity of cancelling personal liability / home contents insurance within 14 days.
    Tip: The deductible terms for tenancy claims vary. It is worth checking whether the deductible applies per move, per room or per damage event.
  • Hand over old keys (including the additional ones you may have had to duplicate at your own cost).
  • Receive new keys.
  • Install first lamps in your new home.


Step 5 – Nearly done!

Did you sleep well in your new home? What you should do over the next few days:

  • Register with the competent authority of the municipality of your new place of residence.
  • Notify change of address to various (online) stores.
  • Reclaim rent deposit if you have not already done so.
  • By all means, report defects on your rental property that have not been noted in the inspection report to the landlord and request for the report to be updated.
  • Re-register driving licence and vehicle registration certificate (within 10 days, driving licence can be re-registered online).
  • Notify the electricity supplier at your new place of residence.
  • Organise a small dinner for the people who helped you.