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Moving Into Rented Accommodation: The Basics

Posted on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:35AM by Artful Lodger
If you’re planning to move into rented accommodation, there are plenty of things to remember you can do to make the moving process as smooth as possible. As long as you start planning early and create a ‘moving checklist’ to prevent yourself from forgetting anything vital, your relocation should be virtually stress-free.

Smart Packing
It’s a good idea to get organised early when it comes to moving, whether you’re renting for the first time, transferring between rental properties or moving from a property you previously owned to rented accommodation. Make sure your possessions are stored by room and type in sturdy boxes, and labelled correctly. This will make things much easier when you come to unpack. Keep all your important documents, including contact details for utility providers and a copy of the contract in a separate folder. If you possess large pieces of furniture that won’t fit in your new place, it may be worth renting a secure unit to store them in until you find a home for them. For more information about storage units, contact a specialist provider like Access Self Store.

Setting Up Utilities
You should probably set up utilities like the internet and landline a couple of weeks before the moving date. If you wait until you’ve moved in, then it might be several more weeks before you can use the internet or make phone calls in your new place. In terms of gas and electricity providers, most rented flats already use a specific provider but you can switch over to another to get a better deal when you move in. There are plenty of online comparison tools to help you make the best value choice.

When You Arrive
Once you’ve collected the keys from the estate agent, it’s time to survey the property. Before you unpack anything, read the inventory very carefully and make sure that everything you can see matches what has been committed to paper. If there are discrepancies or things are in poor condition and this has not been noted, you may be held responsible for the damage when the time comes to reclaim your deposit. When you’ve checked over the inventory, take meter readings and be ready to provide them when you come to pay your first energy bills. It’s also a good idea to contact the local council and inform them that you’ve moved in. Once these practical steps have been completed, you can start to unpack and enjoy your new property.