Moving to a new country is a big change in your life, but the right preparation can make the process significantly easier. Here are some tips you can take before, during and after your removals to Germany.
Before moving to Germany:
Make sure you have all the necessary documents (e.g. passport, identity card, certificates, diplomas).
Learn German before you move
Although many people in Germany speak English, knowing German will make everyday life much easier.
Search offers for renting or buying a property. In Germany, portals such as ImmobilienScout24 or WG-Gesucht are popular for those looking for roommates.
Working in Germany
If you don’t already have a job, start your search. Portals such as StepStone, Indeed or LinkedIn are a good starting point.
In Germany, health insurance is compulsory. Make sure you are adequately insured.
Consider opening a German bank account, insuring your flat, car, etc.
Decide whether you will use a removal company or organise everything yourself.
When moving to Germany:
Packing your belongings
Secure fragile items, sort out the things you want to take with you.
Contacting a removal company
If you have decided on the services of a removal company, make sure that all the details have been agreed.
Check the old property
Before you leave your old flat, check that you haven’t forgotten anything.
Prepare for your first days in Germany
Take with you the essentials for the first few days, such as clothes, toiletries, necessary documents, medication, etc.
After moving to Germany:
Registration with the authorities
Within the first few days after your arrival, you must report to the municipal office (Bürgeramt) to register your place of residence.
Finding a family doctor
In Germany, the healthcare system is based on family doctors (Hausarzt). Register with one of them.
Integrating with Germans
Consider joining a local sports club, hobby club, language group or other organisation to meet new people and integrate into the local community.
Get to know your local area
Get to know your immediate neighbourhood, locate the nearest shops, pharmacies, services. Also introduce yourself to your new neighbours, they can help you acclimatise to the new place, they can help, advise, after all they have lived there longer and know the area.
Set up a schedule for things to do after moving to Germany
You probably have a lot of things to do after your move, so prioritise and create a schedule of action .
Moving to Germany
Remember that every removals is individual and requires adapting the above tips to your own needs. Depending on where you are moving to, alone or with your family, for work or to explore new places, remember that you need to prepare for each move in the right way.