During their time at university, most students use short-term rents as accommodation, which often means moving out of a property between each year or semester. When it is time to move out, there are so many things to remember and it can feel a little overwhelming. To reduce stress, follow this guide to make sure you do not forget anything important on moving day.
1. Write a To-Do List
The first step in getting ready to move out of your student accommodation should be to write a list. Think about everything you need to do and when you need to do it: when to pack, when to clean up, when to hand in your keys. Get organised early and save yourself trouble later down the road.
2. Cancel Your Utilities on Time
When the end of your tenancy is drawing near, call up or email your gas, electricity and internet providers to cancel your contracts and let them know the date you will be moving out. This means you will not be charged for any energy used after you have left the property. Making these calls in plenty of time is essential, as you will probably need to provide a final meter reading – make sure you have planned ahead and have time to do so.
3. Get Packing
If you are heading home for good, packing up your stuff often means throwing everything into boxes, bags and suitcases ready to be moved back home or into a new place. Instead of doing it haphazardly, try to get organised – you will thank yourself later when it is time to unpack.
If you are returning to campus life next year, it might be easier to put some of your belongings into storage, especially if your home town is far away from your university. If you live in Manchester but live on the Isle of Wight, for example, you will probably save a lot of time and energy by using Student Storage Manchester to store your belongings rather than getting everything home on the ferry!
4. Check the Inventory
When you move into a rental property, the letting agent should provide you with an inventory. Make sure to check this carefully while packing up so you only take what is actually yours, otherwise you could face a hefty fine.
If you have got a photo inventory, use it to look at the condition of your property when you moved in and use this as the benchmark for cleaning up. Make a cleaning rota or use a template so everyone takes on their fair share of the cleaning, and use the inventory pictures to make sure that everyone’s working to the same standard.
5. Hand in the Keys
This step is easy to forget about, but absolutely essential if you want to avoid an extra charge. Make sure you have organised with your letting agency whether they are coming to you to collect the keys or if you are expected to drop them off. The last thing you want when moving out is to have to make an unplanned trip to the letting agents’ office, so find out in advance.
Moving out of student accommodation can be tiring and stressful, especially if you are not organised ahead of time. If you follow this advice, you can make your moving day as easy as possible.