Moving into a new rental property can be very exciting, particularly if you are moving further afield or into somewhere significantly better than your old place. However, it can also be very stressful. If you want to limit the stress of moving day then this article will give you some advice on making it an extremely smooth and hassle-free process.
Moving Day Tips
The first thing you need to consider is the removal firm. Not all removal firms are created equal, so it’s best to get recommendations from friends or try and find reviews online before you hire a company. This is especially important if you have valuable or outsize items to move. You should always hire a removal company that is accredited by the British Association of Removers, an industry body that ensures member companies operate according to stringent standards.
You should try and avoid moving on Friday if you can. This is usually the busiest day for removal companies, and they will be more likely to be careful and take their time if they are quiet.
Most removal companies offer a service where they will pack up your belongings for you. However you can save a huge amount of time and money by packing up your things yourself. You should try to always pack valuable items yourself, so that you can ensure they are packed exactly how you want them. This applies to items of both monetary and sentimental value.
One of the first chores you could have as a new tenant is sorting out the utility bills. When you move in, you should read the meters and make a careful note of how much gas and electricity has been used. This is to ensure that you aren’t held liable for energy bills from previous tenants. The letting agents can set up your utility accounts and take the initial meter readings for you.
You should make sure to redirect your post in advance. This ensures that you won’t lose any important mail. You should also notify your bank, your mobile phone company, and any other relevant party that your address has changed and they can reach you at your new address in future.
It is highly advisable to take out contents insurance to protect your possessions in your new property, and you should try to do this as soon as you possibly can. This insurance will also protect the landlord’s contents from breakage or accidental damage, ie carpets or appliances, as these are items you will be responsible for and you could be liable for replacement or repair. Remember that the cheapest insurance provider in your old area might not be the cheapest in your new area, so get a new set of quotes from different insurance providers for your new address.
The last thing you should do is make sure that you set up a standing order to pay rent into the correct account. Having rent automatically deducted from your account every month is just one less thing that you will have to worry about, so it’s wise to set this up as soon as you possibly can.
If you have any questions about moving in, just get in touch with us. Our Seaford letting agents have handled hundreds of moves over the years, and we’ll be sure to help you out with your move too, click here to learn more.