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House clearance checklist

A move or eviction is an exciting but also challenging event in our lives. Whether it concerns a new home, a change of city or leaving behind a beloved home, there is a lot to consider. It's not just moving or disposing of belongings, but also taking care of various administrative tasks, organizing services, and making sure everything runs smoothly. Good preparation and a detailed checklist can make a world of difference when clearing a home. In this article you will find an extensive checklist house clearance to help you with every step of the move, from start to finish.

Why is a home clearance checklist important?

A house clearance can be a complex and stressful affair, especially if it is not properly organised. A checklist ensures that you do not miss anything and that all necessary steps are carried out carefully. An evacuation checklist gives you a sense of control and stability during an often emotionally charged period.

Step 1: Start on time and make a plan

Drawing up a plan such as a moving checklist is crucial for a structured home clearance. Start as early as possible, preferably a few weeks to months before the moving date. Divide the tasks over several days and make a list of everything that needs to be done. Having a clear timetable will reduce stress and help you stay organized. Especially on moving day or eviction day.

Step 2: Inventory and sorting

Before you start packing, take an inventory of all the belongings in your home. Sort them into categories such as furniture, clothing, electronics, etc. Decide which items you want to keep, give away, sell, or throw away. This will help you determine which moving boxes you need and what you can use. As you can see, a moving/clearing checklist is very useful.

Step 3: Pack and label

Start by packing your belongings in sturdy moving boxes. Make sure you clearly label the boxes with their contents and destination in the new home. This makes unpacking much easier and prevents you from wasting valuable time looking for items. This way you know exactly what needs to be thrown away on moving and clearing day.

Step 4: Arrange quotes and services

Request quotes from different house clearance companies and moving services to choose the best option that suits your needs and budget. Also arrange the supply of gas, electricity, water and other utilities for your new home in a timely manner. Don't forget to cancel any subscriptions or transfer them to your new address.

Step 5: Check the home

Before handing over the keys to the landlord or new owner, it is essential to carry out a thorough inspection of the property. Check that all furniture and personal belongings have been removed and that the home is broom clean. Record the final meter readings and pass them on to the relevant authorities. We can also take care of these tasks for you at ZSM Woningontruiming. In this case, we will arrange everything neatly for you and you will no longer have to worry about the house!

Step 6: Change of address and takeover of services

Make sure you report your change of address to important authorities, such as the municipality, banks, insurers, and other relevant organizations. It is also important to check whether there are services that you want to take over from the previous residents, such as internet, television or telephone subscriptions.

Step 7: Special Considerations

This includes uninstalling lamps and mounting points that you can use to keep an overview. Also remember to remove any curtains and keep valuables safe.

Step 8: Need help? Call Home Clearance ASAP

If the scale of the move or house clearance seems overwhelming, don't hesitate to seek help from a specialist evacuation company such as ZSM Home Clearance. Our professionals can help you empty the home, pack belongings, and handle all items carefully. We can also help you with it swept clean of your home. This is a tough job that often also requires the removal of carpeting and lamps. 

Step 9: Personal resources for surviving relatives

When clearing a home after the death of a loved one, surviving relatives may encounter personal and valuable belongings. Ensure that these items are stored safely and distributed according to the deceased's wishes or legal requirements. If our professionals come across valuables or valuables during an evacuation, this will be communicated to you immediately. 

Step 10: Bathroom Tools and Other Necessary Facilities

Make sure that the new home is equipped with crown stones and other shower aids to prevent accidents, especially if there are elderly people or people with limited mobility in the house.

Step 11: Details of the rental party

Keep all important information about the rental party at hand, such as contact details, contracts, rent and other relevant documents.

Step 12: Cut costs with thrift shopping

If you want to leave behind furniture or other usable items, consider donating them to a thrift store. This way you give them a second life and save on waste disposal costs.

Step 13: Takeover of contents

If you live in a rental property, it is wise to discuss with the landlord whether he is interested in taking over certain furniture or contents.

Step 14: Cancel the contracts on time

Make sure that you cancel all contracts, such as gas, electricity, internet, and other services, in a timely manner for the old home and arrange the new services for your new address. You obviously don't want to be without water and electricity in your new home. 

Step 15: Final check and transfer of keys

Before you leave for good, walk through the house one last time to make sure you haven't left anything behind. Make sure that you hand over the keys to the landlord or the new owner at the agreed time. When we take this off your hands, we will of course check this for you. 


A home clearance checklist is an invaluable tool that will help you keep the entire moving or clearing process organized and smooth. It allows you not to overlook anything and helps you reduce stress. By planning and taking action step by step, you can move into your new home with confidence, knowing that everything is taken care of during the job.

Request a free quote

Would you like to receive a quote for clearing your home? Then request a free quote. This is completely without obligation and you are not committed to anything. By requesting a quote you will get a better idea of the costs and services we can offer you.

Do you have any questions or would you like advice before requesting a quote? Then you can always call us on 070-2116102. You can also send us an email at: We will then respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Help Center

What is a house clearance checklist?

A home clearance checklist is a detailed list of all the tasks and steps that need to be performed during the process of moving and clearing a home.

Why is a house clearance checklist important?

A checklist ensures that you do not miss anything important and that all aspects of the house clearance are handled thoroughly. This is also useful when you have to deliver the home. This way you won't forget anything and you won't have any problems with the landlord or real estate agent later. 

When should I start making a checklist?

Preferably start a few weeks to months before the moving date, so that you have enough time to plan and prepare everything. You can never start making a clearing/moving checklist too early.

Can I call a house clearance company for help?

Yes, a specialized clearance company such as ZSM Woningontruiming can help you empty and pack your home, making the move/clearance more efficient.

What should I do with personal and valuable belongings after a death?

Ensure that these assets are kept safe and distributed according to the deceased's wishes or legal requirements.