Moving to Germany can be quite stressful. Luckily, you can choose between all types of housing, houses, apartments or cozy rooms. Connecting your utilities is only one of the things you should know about though. Equipping your new home with appliances and furniture is another.
No matter if you are going to buy a house or an apartment in Germany, or if you are simply renting, there is a lot of red tape involved. Particularly bigger cities, where the majority of the population prefers to rent an apartment, can be a challenge with their competitive real estate market and their realtors. If you decide to buy property, the situation is even more challenging. After all, no sale can be completed without the help of a notary or even a lawyer.
If you have been in Germany for quite a while and are now planning a move, either within the same city or to an entirely new location, you’ve got a lot to take care of. Although moving within Germany is by far not as stressful as a move from abroad, you should be well-prepared. You will have to notify your landlord, your utilities company, your health insurance provider, and so on. On the day of the actual move, you can of course hire a professional moving company to help you with the heavy lifting. This is the best solution if you have a lot of bulky furniture and no friends to help you. However, it is also the most expensive option. You might as well rent a moving van, recruit some of your friends and handle it that way.
Utilities make up a significant part of your rent in Germany. If you see a place for rent and you think it is a great bargain, think again. It might just be the Kaltmiete (basic rent) without any additional costs. These can include water, heat, and electricity but also waste disposal, or chimney sweeping. The latter are usually included in the Warmmiete (rent with all covered costs) and are handled by your landlord. However, you will be in charge of contacting utilities companies so that you get connected to their system. Luckily, this is usually a very easy thing to do and is often settled quickly. When it comes to waste disposal in Germany, the costs are usually covered by your rent. However, as a tenant it is your responsibility to separate your household waste property. In Germany, recycling is taken rather seriously. If you dump your plastic waste in the wrong bin, the [Müllabfuhr] might refuse to take it away.