Moving to a rented property doesn’t have to be stressful if you organize it well.If you still on the apartment hunt you should read my ‘Before you move tips and hints’ post. Believe me, I have gone through this so many times and I have learned a lot to rented spaces. Here, I may help you save your entire deposit! Moving day is going to be stressful and tiring, so read my tips to make it
better! (I accept cookies and marshmallow’s hot chocolate as a thank you)
At this stage you have probably already
signed your contract! Congrats, you are officially have home for now. Your
agency/ landlord gave you the date of when you move in and now What???!!
1. Organize transport. Search removal companies, and
get 2-3 quotes. Check and count your
belongings properly as they will charge you extra if you missed the big wardrobe
right in front your face, happen. Consider ‘man and van’ with references. You
don’t want to risk someone cancel on the day of moving! If you have furniture,
then ask for second driver/person who can help or give a shout out to good
2. Collect boxes. You can buy ready boxes like
these but I tend to go to local grocery stores and ask them to leave me some
boxes. Banana boxes are great! Although for more personal belongings you want
the boxes to be covered. Opt for strong boxes as well.
packing well in advance. Start packing
the staff you don’t need. Pack few things everyday like old books or clothes.
Worst you can do is leaving everything until last day!
Buy black marker and once each box is closed, write whats inside like books, photographs etc. It will be easier to find it later.
4. Ebay! Sell all your unwanted furniture and
clothes! I did it once and earned £600 in a week! You can also find your local
area Facebook ‘Buy and sell’ group! Join! I also also use Depop app (never sold
anything yet though!)
5. Planning. Get the floor layout of the agency/landlord and
measure your furniture. Sketch basic floor layout. Check the dimensions against
the rooms dimensions and try to work out which would work best. You can change
later but this will save you time on the day you move in as you will kind of
know where to put staff straight away rather just randomly damping boxes.
6.Inventory Now you have finally picked the keys! Yes, you
can go and move in! Oi.. hold on! Get yourself; camera, notepad, copy of
inventory from your landlord/agency. Many agencies say ‘Oh don’t worry we did
the inventory here is the copy. Blurry black/white pictures etc. Scroll that! I
once lost so much of deposit for being such a naïve and trustworthy person!
There were several imperfections, wholes already, and I didn’t check properly.
The agency ‘forgotten’ mention these and further they charged me for making
them! This is a crucial part to your deposit. Even if the agency done their own
inventory get the copy and go to the apartment , day time in a day light, best
if with another person so you have a witness of the property state. Photograph
every whole dirt and marks. Make amends to the original inventory. Check all
doors, light bulbs, carpets, inside the oven-literally everywhere. When you are
going to move out the agency/landlord is going to really check the property so
you need to make sure you have evidence of anything that you didn’t cause
damage/dirt of. Set your camera to date,
so it will have the date on it.
7. Check all meters readers. Photograph them as
well. Sometimes people move out without paying the last ones and you don’t want
to be charge for their usage! Contact your providers (usually all the info in
your contract) and contact the local council to register. Do it as soon as you
8. Insure the property. It’s usually £60-70 a year
so its worthy in case of accidental damage!
9.Moving Day! Again, as per point G)(lol) from post ‘Before
you move in tips’ post, check the day when you moving. Check the apartment if is gated if you have
all codes? Can you keep the doors in corridor open for the 1h window while
moving you items? Can van drive in right in front of property? Make sure you
have all that information’s! Do you have parking spot for the driver?
On moving day it can be very stressful. I would advise to swap to coffee for a chamomile tea and do some stretching in the morning! It will relax you and prepare you for the day. Give a call to the driver and make sure he knows the current and new address so he wont be driving around trying to find where to park or fighting with GPS.
10. Phone line and Boradband is something you
usually have to wait 2 weeks, so it’s worth to organise that in advance as well
so on your moving day you can connect to the world and Facebook pretty picture
of your new keys set!
11. Enjoy your new homeJ
next post in this series is ‘How to decorate rented apartment’ right after so
keep your eyes peeled! How’s your moving