Moving home when you’re renting is one of the most exciting and stressful things you will do so it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the things that you need to do. Our easy-to-follow list will help guide you through it.
Arranging moving day
There is one huge advantage to renting when it comes to moving day. You can usually arrange to take on the new rented property before you have to vacate the current rental property.
In our years of helping people move in Leyland we find that most often tenants choose to start the new rental a week before ending the tenancy at the old property. This allows for time to actually get moved without the panic of having just a few hours in one day to get it done. It also gives time for some sort of settling in at the new home but with enough time to get the old property clean and tidy ready to return to the landlord.
In the lead-up to moving day
Avoid a last-minute panic and start packing early. Removing the franticness of last minute packing will help make your moving day go far more smoothly. Don’t forget to label your boxes!
Redirect your post
It can take up to two weeks for your post to be redirected so make sure that you arrange this nice and early then you don’t have to worry about whether you have failed to notify anyone of your change of address.
This is without a doubt one of the most common things we find that home movers forget to do.
Change of address
Make a list of everyone that will need to know your new Leyland address, you will be surprised just how many people you need to let know.
Don’t forget to organise your contents insurance before you move in to ensure that your belongings are covered from the first day of your tenancy.
You need to let your utility companies know which day you are moving out of your home and provide them with a final meter reading so that you don’t end up paying for the new tenant’s energy or water usage.
You also need to inform your internet service provider of the date you are moving home. It can take several weeks to get connected to the internet when you move so the sooner you can start the ball rolling the less time you will spend relying on mobile data.
Pack an essentials box
Having a box with everything you need for the first few days in your new home will save you from a lot of frustrated searching through all of your unpacked boxes. Make sure that you include your kettle and some tea bags for that well deserved first cup of tea in your new home, we also think a pack of biscuits is allowed… you deserve it!
Find the essentials
No not the teabags, although those are important too! You need to find the location of the stopcock, the boiler and thermostat, the gas and electricity meters and the water meter too if you have one.
If you’re not sure how to use your new boiler or any appliances ask your landlord/agent for instructions straight away. If it is the middle of winter you are going to need some heating fairly quickly. If you have a model number for the appliance you can usually download user instructions from the internet.
Once you have found your meters make sure that you take readings from all of them. Always take a photograph as it will be time stamped so can help if there is a disagreement over your first bill.
Submit these as soon as possible to your energy suppliers, you will normally have been left their details by the previous tenants or your landlord.
If not, expect to receive a letter from them in the first few days as the previous tenants will have submitted their final meter readings and the companies will be keen to make contact with the new bill payers!
It’s always a good idea to introduce yourself to your new neighbours. They will be the ones who will be taking in your parcels and can also be a great source of information about the area, including which pubs and restaurants to try out and which day to put out the bins. You never know, it could even be the start of a lifelong friendship.
Change of address
Now get that list out you made before moving. Make an effort to hit the list in one go and notify everyone of your new address. It’s a tedious task but one you will be glad you did once it’s out of the way. Have a cuppa and a few biscuits handy while you do it!
If you have a car make this the top of your list to ensure that you continue to have valid insurance.
We are always here to offer advice on any aspect of moving home in Leyland so if you have a question please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01772 284606 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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