Moving into a new property is such an exciting time. There’s a lot to think about, but lots to look forward to as well! In this blog, we’re looking into what to consider when moving properties.
What do I need to know about moving?
Before you start making plans to move, you need to ensure that you know some details. You’ll need to find out exactly when you need to leave your current property. This will likely be decided by your landlord. They will chat with you about this after you have handed in your notice for leaving.
When you know the exact date you need to leave the property, you can start to make plans for moving into your next property. It’s a good idea to have a time crossover while you’re moving. A week or two should be enough time for you to move between the two properties.
Make sure that you take all final meter readings before you leave the property. This can help to reduce the risk of you overpaying for things you haven’t used. Additionally, ensure you take new readings when you get to your new property.
Things to consider when moving properties
You need to ensure that any future rental properties are within your budget. Remember that you will also need to pay a deposit too. When it comes to renting, deposits are usually low, this is one of many benefits of renting a property.
Properties can have various features, such as an extra bedroom, a parking space or a garden. You’ll need to consider which features are most important to you when searching for a property. Additionally, you need to ensure that the property is in a place where you do actually want to live.
Viewing the property
You should always arrange a viewing for the property. A viewing may be organised with the letting agent or with the current tenants in the property. Take the opportunity to ask questions and look around the local area to ensure you like it.
Organising the move
There are many things to do when organising a move, and a letting agent will assist you with this. They will help to establish a moving date and tenancy details. You will also need to wait for referencing to go through before you can move into the property. At this stage, you should start packing and organising a removal company. If you’re using a removal company, make sure you label all the boxes so they know where to put them. You may find it useful to write a moving house checklist.
Many people recommend a moving day survival kit which includes packing toilet paper and some snacks. You should also build your bed early so that you can get a good night’s sleep, so add that to your moving house checklist!
Moving in to the new property
Take final readings of all utility services and ensure the property is left how you found it when you moved in. The letting agents will visit the property to check for any damage and assess the cleanliness. Hand in the keys, pay final bills and sign all your important documents, such as your new tenancy agreement!
When you reach your new property, take photos of any damage and check the inventory is correct. This can help to avoid discrepancies when it’s time to move out. Take photos of any utility meters so they know you’re starting as a new tenant. Don’t forget to change your address and register for bills, such as council tax.
Who do I need to tell about my new address?
- Government bodies – such as HMRC, the DVLA (your driving licence will need updating) etc.
- Financial institutions
- Insurance providers
- Utility suppliers – don’t forget to take your utility meter readings for gas and electricity!
- Health services
- Workplaces and schools
- Any subscription services you use
- Ensure that the removal company know the address of your new home
- Let friends and family know when you can!
Double check your personal documents to assess if there is anyone else you need to tell about your new house or flat.
There’s lots to think about when moving into a new property, but it is very exciting. It’s time to start packing some moving boxes! Our letting agents are here to support you with all renting services. Take a look at the properties we have available. Feel free to contact us for advice on your next move. Enjoy your new home!