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Moving checklist – plan well and divide the work

We put together a convenient mover’s checklist. Here are some easy tips for your move.


As your move approaches, it may seem like there is a huge amount of work to be done. Where to start? This convenient checklist works for every move.

1. Take care of the paperwork

You can submit a notification of your move via the Posti website. You do not need to separately notify the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of your move, the Posti notification takes care of that.

The timeframe for submitting a notification of your move is one month before to one week after the move. The information is automatically updated for many authorities, such as the Tax Administration and Kela.

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2. Take care of the contracts

You should have a box into which you pack the things you will need immediately in your new home. These include hand soap, toothbrush and a roll of toilet paper, phone chargers, plasters, torches and screwdrivers.

Make an electricity contract for the new apartment and make sure to terminate the old one. Call your insurance company and find out how the move will affect your home insurance. Find out which internet connection would be the best for your apartment. For example, in Lumo rental apartments, internet access is included in the rent.

Of course, a person moving into a rental apartment must take care of terminating the lease of the old apartment and concluding a new lease.

Lumo tip

Did you know that the rent of a Lumo home includes high-speed internet access?

When living in a rental apartment, your home insurance must be in order. You can get an offer for inexpensive insurance from a Lumo partner.

3. Get rid of what you no longer need

Take a photo of the order that the electronics wires are in. This way you can easily install your game consoles, sound system, or computer in your new home.

Now is the perfect time to think about which of your belongings are important. Book a table at a flea market and sell the things you do not need. Or if you want to get off easy, you can post online that you are giving your things to anyone who wants them. You can also donate goods to a recycling centre.

Be prepared that you may have to take the things that are broken or just not wanted by anyone to a landfill. To do that, you may have to rent a trailer or ask a friend for help.

A good tip is to colour-code the goods: for example, yellow for recyclable goods, green for those moving to a new home and red for those going to the trash.

Put extra things into storage

People often have a lot of things in their homes that are only needed at certain times. For example, large suitcases, old cots or ski equipment should be stored. As a Lumo resident, you can rent a small warehouse to have extra space for your belongings at a discounted price.

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4. Be practical when packing

The number of moving boxes is important. People often say that you should have one box for each square metre.

If possible, take the moving boxes to one specific room and remember to keep the passageways in the apartment open.

Start packing well in advance, about a month before the move. You can start with the things you need the least frequently and which are already in storage. It is best to leave detaching and packing the lamps until the last moment. Think about packing in an environmentally friendly way and pack the boxes as full as possible.

Furniture should be protected with plastic or fabrics.

You should have a box into which you pack the things you will need immediately in your new home. These include hand soap, toothbrush and a roll of toilet paper, phone chargers, plasters, torches and screwdrivers. You should also pack breakfast essentials and clothes for the day after the move. This makes it easy to find everything right after the move.

Lumo tip

The moving boxes can be conveniently rented at the special price for Lumo residents.

5. Get the right kind of help for your move

What about the food for the move? Should there be food ready for the next day? Are you thinking of ordering food for the whole group? You can find out the contact details and price lists of restaurants in advance. Remember to have a good breakfast as well, since times between meals can be long when moving.

You should ask for moving help well in advance, about one month before the move. In the week before the move you can then verify who can actually come and help you. You can rent a moving van online.

Or would you like to purchase a moving service instead? That means a lot less work for you! There is a wide range of moving services available and at different prices: for example, you can choose just a moving van and a driver, or you can choose a complete “turnkey” package, where the movers also do the packing. Weekends and the turn of the month are often the busiest for moving companies, so it is good to compare your options beforehand.

Lumo tip

If the volunteers stand you up, remember the Lumo moving service.

6. Clean up after moving out

Dress practically on the day of your move. Put on some clothes that you do not mind getting a little dirty. Grab a small bag or bag that you keep with you to keep your keys and phone in at all times. Keep cleaning supplies readily available throughout the move.

Clean your old apartment for its next resident. You should leave your cleaning equipment in your old home even though your other belongings are moved to your new home.

Wash the floors, clean the stains off the walls and doors, and wipe the inside and outside surfaces of cabinets. Wash the toilet and clear the floor drains. In the kitchen, it is important to remember to wash not only the countertops, stove and refrigerator, but also the oven.

Lumo tip

You can make the final cleaning easier by cleaning a little in advance. Wipe down the shelves in the kitchen cabinets when you empty them. You can also defrost the refrigerator and freezer before moving. Borrow temporary cupboard space for cold goods from a friend.

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7. Remember to photograph the apartment and return the keys

Get a babysitter for the duration of the move or have someone look after your pet on the day of the move.

If you are moving from one rental apartment to another, it is important to photograph the new apartment just before the move and the old apartment right after the move. This is so you know which are the dents you caused and which are not.

Remember the keys!

Do you feel there is not enough time to return the keys or retrieve the keys to your new Lumo home? No worries, you can place an order with the Key Courier service, which makes it easy to return and retrieve your keys.

The Key courier service

8. Cover the floors and install lights

When moving, it is a good idea to protect the floors with cardboard. You should install the lights before dark on the day of the move, so that you do not have to rely on a torch.

Lumo tip

Not very handy with practical things? You can take advantage of the Lumo Assembly Service. Installing machines or hanging lamps on the ceiling will be done by a professional and you do not need to borrow a drill from a neighbour.

Assembly service

9. Finish the move

First thing you need to do is assemble your bed and make it so you can rest after the long day.

If you moved into a leasehold apartment, notify the property manager that you have now moved in. At the same time, find out how you can reserve a parking space and a sauna time slot. Consider the spare keys and agree on how to use them. If you have been a resident in a rental apartment, make sure that the landlord returns the security deposit.

My Lumo service

As a resident of a Lumo home, you will be given access to the My Lumo service, through which all housing-related matters can be handled conveniently. The booking of parking spaces and the sauna time slots can also be done via the My Lumo service.

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27.5.2022 (Modified 29.3.2023)

Text Jaana Haapaluoma-Höglund

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