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Moving House

Checklist for moving house

When you are moving house in Finland:

  • Remember to submit a notification of move (muuttoilmoitus). You can submit it one month before you move at the earliest, but you must submit it one week after your move at the latest.
  • You must always make a notification of move to your local register office (maistraatti). You can submit the notification
    • online
    • by telephone in Finnish at 0295 535 535 or in Swedish at 0295 535 536 or
    • by a form available at post offices and local register offices.
  • If you live in a block of flats or in a terraced house, always remember to also notify the house manager (isännöitsijä) about your move.
  • Notify your new address to everyone who sends you mail. Some organisations and companies will receive your new address directly from the population register. However, you are also responsible, for your own part, for receiving bills in the correct address and paying them in time.
  • If you live in a rental dwelling, remember to give notice well in advance. It is advisable to give the notice in writing. Check the term of notice for your dwelling. It is usually a calendar month. Read more on the Infopankki page Tenancy agreement.
  • If you have children, take care of their new day care and school arrangements. You need to notify the day care and school about the time your children will stop attending. While doing so, it is also advisable to enrol the children to their new day care and school.
  • Remember to reserve possible moving help well in advance. Turn of the month and weekends, among others, are always busy times for moving firms.
  • Make arrangements with your service provider well in advance for moving your Internet connection in order to prevent interruptions in the service.
  • Terminate your old electricity contract before you move and make a new one. It is advisable to compare the prices offered by different electricity companies in order to find the cheapest one. You can obtain an electricity contract by calling an electricity company and supplying them with your name and new address.
  • If you move into a detached house, remember to also make other contracts, such as a water connection contract and a waste management contract. In case the house is heated with oil, remember to check the amount of oil.
  • Check if your current insurances, such as home insurance, also have sufficient coverage for the new dwelling. If you move from a block of flats into a detached house, for example, you are likely to need different kind of insurance.
  • Clean up your old dwelling before moving and make sure to also empty the attic, cellar and garage.
  • If you live in a rental dwelling, hand over all the keys to your previous dwelling to the owner or house manager.

linkkiFinnish Youth Housing Association:
Housing vocabularyFinnish

linkkiMuuttoilmoitus.fi:
Notification of moveFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiEnergy Market Authority :
Compare electricity pricesFinnish

linkkiSuomimuutto Oy:
Moving servicesFinnish | English

linkkiMuuttoapu.com:
Moving servicesFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiMuuttopalvelu Niemi:
Moving servicesFinnish | Swedish | English

When you move to Finland

If you are planning to move to Finland, you can find information on the Infopankki page Moving to Finland. If you want information on practical issues related to moving to Finland, read more on page Checklist for a person who is moving to Finland.

If you have just moved to Finland, you must register as a resident. Read more on the Infopankki page Registering as a resident.

Moving away from Finland

Are you moving to another country from Finland? Read more on the Infopankki page Moving away from Finland.