Moving to Amsterdam is not a walk in the park

Moving to Amsterdam is not a walk in the park

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Moving to Amsterdam is not a walk in the park; to get it done neatly you’ll want to get it done by professionals. Qualified professionals who know how to get the work done right. Start searching for a moving company you can completely trust to do the job, like Amsterdam Removal - moving into and within the Amsterdam metropolitan area is their daily business.

A mover in Amsterdam has to know how to deal with specialised circumstances. For example, how to get into an apartment from the fourth floor at the rear side that’s facing one of the canals, or how to make their way through the seeming jungle of neighbourhoods with their typical narrow alleys and one-way streets.

Every part of the city has its own rules and requires different permits for moving. Due to the strict, new environmental regulations, only the most modern trucks and vans can be driven into town or, as a matter of fact, into any of the other historical cities in the region.

Parking permits

Amsterdam is divided into seven districts. Every district has its own rules and requires different permits for moving. Most moving companies will arrange this permit for you. If you wish to move on your own, you will need to request a permit at the municipality.

External moving lift

The houses in Amsterdam have a hook located at the top of the facade. These are used to pull goods and furniture to the top floor. The hooks are there because it’s almost impossible to move standard furniture up most of the staircases in Amsterdam. Instead of pulling everything up with a rope, you can choose to use an external moving lift and move things in through the window or balcony. These can be rented through external parties, or they can be included when moving with a moving company. This will speed up the process.

Intercontinental relocation

If you move to Amsterdam from another continent, it is best to find a moving company that can handle this for you. They usually have fixed prices for unloading containers. They will also take care of all document handling from the moment your container arrives in Rotterdam port. It’s also possible to arrange the shipping yourself but this will also come with a price tag. The convenient option will be to look for a moving company that has experience in intercontinental relocations.

Moving within Europe

If you move to Amsterdam from another European country, you just need a truck and a driver. Truck drivers have a fixed price so all the costs will be clear before you start your relocation. First, you need to load the truck at your former address. Make sure to get all the boxes and furniture in the truck safely and that your items are stable and secure.

When you arrive in Amsterdam, make sure to request a permit to park the truck while you unload. Moving companies will take care of all permits, check the address if a shuttle service or an external moving lift is required, and make sure the move is conducted smoothly.

Packing and unpacking your boxes

If you prefer to be able to walk through your house as close to moving day as possible without having your living space cluttered with boxes, a moving company can arrange to pack up your belongings at the last possible moment. Experienced movers can, in most cases, complete the job within one day.

Often it is even possible for them to pack everything on moving day itself, so they can save you the trouble of having to camp between boxes for days at a time. A lot of people prefer not to do any unpacking at all and ask a moving company to do everything. Packing and moving is their daily work, and they will be glad to do it for you.

Disassembling and reassembling furniture

Sometimes disassembling your furniture is required to fit everything down the stairway. If your furniture is from IKEA, you can look up every manual on their website. If it’s designer, you will have to figure it out yourself. Make sure to neatly keep all of your screws and bolts as you will need those later.

Professional movers come across all kinds of furniture every day. They know the full Ikea line by heart and disassemble custom-made designer pieces with professional care. Some moving companies will include furniture assembly and disassembly in their service; it is often much more efficient and inexpensive than you think.

Moving pianos and grand pianos

Moving a piano can be tricky, as they are extremely heavy and fragile. When you need to move a piano to a higher floor, you will undoubtedly need a moving lift to get it up there. Make sure to ask friends and family to help you carry the piano because you will have no chance of doing it on your own.

When moving a piano, you’ll want to consider hiring a professional. Professional movers know exactly how to handle pianos and grand pianos. With their state-of-the-art equipment, they can expertly move your instrument through windows on upper floors with ease. Moving it from ground floor to ground floor is certainly no challenge for them.

If you’re looking to move to, from or within Amsterdam, you will want to check out Amsterdam Removal. They make sure to take care of all the complicated bits involved when it comes to moving to the Dutch capital, so you don't have to worry about a thing. You can finally move home stress-free, knowing that everything has been taken care of.

Ricky Grigoleit


Ricky Grigoleit

Ricky has been a mover for over 5 years and currently writes informational blogs about moving and living in the Netherlands. Advising people regarding to their move to the Netherlands...

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