This part of the process will probably be a very stressful time for you. It’s never easy to move house, and it requires some proper planning and coordination of transport. Here are some tips to help you make it a bit more relaxing.
How to Move In
The earliest time you can move in will depend on your tenancy agreement, but is often mid way through your summer break at University. There should have been an inventory check before you moved in, but it’s always advised to do another one for yourselves, photographing and noting down all items of importance, and communicating this to your letting agent, to make sure these are on the record at the start of your tenancy.
This can improve your chances of getting your deposit back in the future in cases of mistakes.
Once the keys are handed over to you, it’s time to get all of your utilities and bills sorted. There should be some information from the previous tenants about what they were using previously, and you can choose to contact the same company to renew your agreements or compare prices for others.
It’s a good idea to arrange how you will be collecting and paying your monthly rent and bills money. The rent may be fine as a standing order from each tenant to the letting agent, but the bills will most likely have to be under one person’s name (often referred to as the lead tenant). Make sure you setup automatic payments for this to prevent the awkward money collecting from your friends each month.
Say goodbye to your house, it’s time to move on! The process you go through on moving out day will ultimately be determined by your tenancy agreement. It’s advised to do a full clean of your property, and photograph each room to ensure you have a record of the condition you left it in.
Make sure you have planned ahead for moving out, ensuring you have sufficient boxes, and you have arranged transport (a lot of students will move their stuff home, but some will move it into their new local property).
You can find boxes for free / cheap at local supermarkets, and from people buying large items for mail order.
Make sure you don’t overfill your bin on moving day. If you predict you will end up with a lot of waste, start getting rid of it a few weeks in advance to prevent any problems with bin collection.
Getting your deposit back is very important, so here are some tips:
- Take out all rubbish from the interior and exterior of the property.
- Wash away any marks or grime from surfaces and walls.
- Repair any items that have been broken during your stay.
- Hoover and mop the floors / carpets.
- Go through the communal areas and give them a good clean.
- Open doors and windows to remove any bad smells.
- Some agencies ask you to empty and defrost the fridge / freezer.
- Take pictures of everything in case of any disputes.