Your guide to living and loving Luxembourg
I supposed you’ve heard the old adage that moving house is up there with divorce and bereavement in the high stress stakes. Having just moved house myself twice in one month, I can declare that not only did my body produce enough adrenaline to power a small town but that I also became a bit of a moving expert. Here’s a few moving to Luxembourg pointers that I picked up along the way.
Once you’ve made the decision to move to the Grand Duchy, you’ll want to set that removal machine in motion as soon as possible to keep your stress levels down.
First, do some de-cluttering; decide which items you’ll bring with you and which you’ll bin or donate. Be ruthless and you’ll save yourself a lot of money and packing/unpacking time. Then work out what items you will need straight away (which will go in your suitcase) and which items that you can do without for a few weeks (which will be shipped with the removal company).
You’ll be required to register at your local commune (county council) within three days of your arrival in Luxembourg, so make sure to pack your identification documents, marriage certificates, work contracts etc in your suitcase and not in your removal boxes! Visit our registration guide for a list of what you will need. If you’re short of any paperwork now is the time to get replacements, as once you move it’ll be more complicated.
Ask around for removal company recommendations, especially ones with international removal experience. If you’re using a relocation service they will have a list of recommended removal companies. Once you have a shortlist, request that each company to do an onsite survey so you can get an accurate quote. With most international deliveries you have two options: direct delivery, where you can name your preferred delivery date (most expensive) and part load delivery, where your items are stored until delivered on the company’s schedule. They may also offer a packing service, which may not cost much more but the time and stress saved is considerable. The cheapest quote is not always the best, so enquire about the cost of their removal insurance, their experience with international deliveries and if they have delivered to Luxembourg before.
Once you’ve picked a removal company, your next step is to make a list of your belongings and their value for insurance purposes. If you are doing your own packing mark what items are in which box.
You may need to arrange a parking area cordoned off outside your new place that is big enough for the delivery truck , especially if you are moving to a city centre location. Many apartment blocks in Luxembourg either have very small or no lifts so external lifts may be need to be installed. To arrange both contact your local commune or the Service de la Circulation department of Luxembourg city.
If you have already found accommodation in Luxembourg double-check with your landlord that the utilities will be connected when you arrive. See our renting guide for more information.
I can’t tell you that moving within the country is easier than moving to it, but there is one big plus – most employees in Luxembourg are entitled to two days paid holiday when they move! Unfortunately with the sheer amount of paperwork involved you may not have much downtime but hey, it’s a nice gesture.
If you are renting you will have to give notice to your landlord, usually three months (check your contract) and by registered letter. Arrange a meeting with the landlord and/or the estate agent to have your meter read, the property inspected in your presence and the keys exchanged.
Cancel your utilities in your current accommodation and arrange for electricity, gas, water (and if relevant a telephone landline and internet connection) to be connected and transferred into your name in your new place. This can take weeks to arrange so contact the different companies as soon as you decide to move. For a list of utility companies see here.
You can find removal companies in the Yellow Pages under déménagements. Find out whether you will need to reserve a parking area outside of the apartment or an external lift; if so let the removal company know and ask them to include it in their quote. Make a list of your belongings and their value for insurance purposes.
Before you move, contact your insurance company and ask them to update your cover to suit your new accommodation. Home insurance is obligatory in Luxembourg and if you are a tenant you may not receive your keys before you display proof of insurance.
You will need to de-register in your old commune and re-register in your new one – see our registration guide on how to go about this. Make sure to pick up some registration certificates as you may need them when changing your address, and ask them how to update your tax card.
Within a month of moving you will need to attend one of the SNCT centres with your grey card (carte grise) and a certificate of residence; in return you will receive updated paperwork for your car.
Last but not least, make sure to take some time to explore and enjoy your new place and neighbourhood, you deserve it!