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Moving Home Countdown

May 23, 2020 | Students  

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As your Tenancy comes to an end, it’s good to be prepared for the coming move. We’ve put together a handy countdown to help make moving home as simple as possible for you.

A couple of months before the move:

  • Check on your home insurance and make sure you have cover from the day you move in to your new home.
  • Get quotes from removal men and van hire centres.
  • Book storage space if required.
  • Notify the relevant utility companies of your departure.
  • Start to de-clutter and get rid of possessions you no longer need – take good quality items to a charity shop or consider selling them online. Take rubbish to the tip/recycling centre.
  • Take a look at our checklist for who to notify when moving home https://www.hop-property.co.uk/who-to-notify-when-youre-moving-home/
  • If you are a student, have a read through your Tenant Handbook /content/uploads/2019-student-tenant-handbook.pdf

A couple of weeks before you move:

  • Start collecting boxes and packing items.
  • Begin to pack non-essential items such as books and non-seasonal clothes into boxes.
  • De-register from your doctor, dentist and optician if you’re moving out of the area.
  • Visit the post office and arrange for your post to be forwarded (you will be charged a fee for this service).
  • Make a list of everyone who should know about the move.
  • Send out change of address cards or e-cards.
  • Finalise arrangements with your removal company or van hire. Confirm arrival times and make sure your removers have directions to your new address.
  • Take all your recycling and large bits of rubbish to the tip.
  • Arrange a time to collect and drop off your keys.
  • Arrange for a cleaner to do an End of Tenancy clean.
  • Notify your bank of any changes to direct debits and standing orders e.g. cancel rent payments.
  • Go through your Tenancy Agreement and make sure you’ve dealt with any maintenance issues you are responsible for e.g. gardening, cleaning windows, replacing lightbulbs etc.

Day of the move

  • Take your final meter readings – taking a photo is an easy way of making a record!
  • Ensure everything is left as you found it when you moved in.
  • Leave property and its exterior clean and tidy.
  • Put any rubbish in outside bins.
  • Return keys – due to the current situation, you will need to book in a key drop off appointment with our staff in line with new Covid-19 safety measures

We wish you all the best on your move!

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