Make an inventory of all the goods you want to bring with you
A few months before leaving, choose what you want to bring with you, and think very carefully about what’s really important to bring. Then, make a detailed list of your stuff. Don’t worry about what you don’t end up bringing to Germany; you can just stash it in storage or with family. Having a list will have the added benefit of helping you to register your property for customs.
Ask a professional to help you
Preparing for and executing an international move can feel like a full-time job in and of itself. If it’s in the budget, take some pressure off yourself by hiring a moving company and other logistical specialists.
If you have kids, check for available positions for them in childcare and schools
Don’t wait until the last minute to look for a spot for your kids in childcare and schools. The amount of vacancies schools have are typically limited. Read our article Education [↙] for more information.
Take the necessary contracts and subscriptions
Once you’ve got your new address, it’s time to get bills and services out of the way:
- Power and water, if your landlord doesn’t take care of it
- Television, Internet and Telephone (try to do this before you move in since it takes several weeks)
Manage administrative tasks
You must be the driving force behind the important administrative actions:
- Register with the local authorities
- Register with your local embassy or consulate
Once you and your luggage have arrived in your new place, it’s time to make the most decisive action: putting your name on your mailbox and doorbell. If not, your mail will never be delivered and will be returned to sender (not receiving your bills will not exempt you from paying them!) You don’t need to register with the post office.
Here you find the most important information needed to answer your questions about Moving. If you know other tips or want to share your experience, do not hesitate to contact us. You could even send your testimony which could be published on our website! Thanks for your contribution to the Leon community!