Moving home is a milestone moment – a new chapter, new location and new property to transform into your own. But, when you are moving out of a rented property, there will be a few extra tasks that you’ll need to complete before setting off. With this in mind, we have put together a comprehensive moving house checklist for renting to ensure that you can move with ease!
The Ultimate Moving House Checklist For Renting
Before moving into any new home, the first task you need to tackle is setting a budget. In determining your budget as early as possible, you can ensure that each stage runs smoothly. You will be given more structure, avoiding any last-minute panics on the lead up to your big move. For more tips on how you can create a realistic moving budget, take a look at our previous article.
Now that you have a foundation in place, you can start to prepare for your move. Our checklist below will ensure that you can enjoy the moving process, feeling eager to begin life in your new home.
Review Your Lease Agreement
First and foremost, before you can make any moving arrangements, it is imperative to spend time assessing your lease agreement. Every landlord is slightly different with varying rules, which means that you must ensure that you are well-informed on how to end your lease. The rental agreement will include aspects such as the minimum moving out notice, along with the utility transfers and maintenance obligations.
In familiarising yourself with your responsibilities before planning your move, you can ensure that you do not fall into any issues later on down the line. It will help towards determining possible moving dates, so that you can then arrange essentials such as removals and address changeovers on legal documents. Understanding your obligations will also give you an idea of how quickly you will be able to sign an agreement with your new landlord. This will avoid the potential issue of finding your dream home, but the property being given to other tenants as you were not able to move in as quickly as the landlord had hoped.
Set A Move Out Date
Featured in your lease agreement, as mentioned above, will be your move out notice. For most tenants, this is around the 30-day figure, which is ideal as it gives you plenty of time to make all moving arrangements. Once you have found your new property and ready to begin the process, you will need to draw up a written notice to inform your landlord of your upcoming move. Always aim to send your notice to your landlord at least five weeks before you plan to move out – the sooner, the better. In giving your landlord plenty of notice, you are less likely to run into issues or experience hassle from them as they will have plenty of time to find new tenants. Inside your notice, don’t forget to include additional details such as your new address and a request for your tenancy deposit.
In some cases, you may opt for moving out ahead of your lease expiry date. While this should never be an issue, it does mean that the process maybe a little longer. Along with the details listed above, in this scenario, you will also have to provide your landlord with the reasoning behind your move. You must also request for your lease to be cancelled or permission to create a subleasing agreement. A subleasing agreement, also known as subletting, is the process of handing your lease over to another tenant. It means that you, technically, will become a second landlord as the new tenants will pay you and then you will pass the money over to your original landlord. If subletting is a route that you are interested in, Law Depot features a handy residential sublet agreement tool, which helps you to design a formal agreement.
Fix Any Property Damage
Once all of the tedious tasks have been completed, and you have been given the ‘go-ahead’ for your big move, you can begin to prepare your property. As a tenant, you are legally obliged to leave the property in the same condition as it was when you moved in. This means that if your home has experienced any damage throughout the duration of your lease, it’s now time to carry out any repair projects. While there will be some leeway for inevitable wear and tear, any large-scale defects must be resolved ahead of your move. For instance, if you have made any holes in walls to hang pictures, mirrors or ornaments, these must be filled and repainted. You should also double-check the condition of any electrical appliances that were in the property when you moved in, such as lighting fixtures and kitchen equipment.
However, there are particular maintenance and repair tasks that you will not need to resolve as they are the responsibility of your landlord. Shelter has put together a useful guide to the landlord’s repair responsibilities which includes aspects such as electrical wiring and drainage. We also suggest taking a look at The Balance Small Business website for additional information on typical landlord maintenance tasks.
Pay Any Last Bills
One of the most exciting aspects of moving home is the thought of a fresh start, so avoid any underlying debts through paying off any last bills before you move out. All utility bills, including gas, electricity and water, along with service fees such as your internet and television bills must be paid ahead of your moving date. Failing to pay off bills before heading to your next property not only leaves you with debts, but it also means that your landlord will use your lease deposit to pay off suppliers. More information on fees that your landlord may deduct from your deposit, similarly to above, can be found on Shelter.
In addition to paying bills, don’t forget to inform your utility and service providers that you will no longer be in the property after a specific date. This means that contracts can come to an end and services will be disconnected, avoiding any unexpected bills for electricity, gas or water that you have not used.
Clean Each Room
As previously mentioned, you are responsible for leaving your property in the same condition as it was when you moved in. This means that, along with repairing any damage, you must also thoroughly clean the entire property. Ensuring that the property is spotless when you hand the keys back to your landlord is just another super easy way to make the process as straightforward and hassle-free as possible. Although no one wants to consider the idea that your landlord may make your end of lease difficult, you want to minimise the risk by keeping them happy.
When deep cleaning your property, unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as merely hoovering flooring and dusting cabinets. Every room needs to be immaculate, meaning that walls, windows, doors and just about every component of your home need to be cleaned. If you’re in the process of preparing your rental home for moving out, then we highly recommend taking a look at Apartment Therapy for a full cleaning checklist, categorised by room.
Pack Up Belongings
According to the moving timeline featured on Georgetown Moving and Storage Company, you should begin packing your belongings a month before your scheduled moving date. While this may seem very early, only start packing items that have no practical use, such as those stored in your loft or garage. Once you reach the two-week mark, you can then tackle the belongings in each room, including any items that are not considered ‘essentials’. Ultimately, start with packing things that you know that you do not use on a daily basis and will be no problem to live without for a few weeks. The day before your big move, you can pack the final items. Always ensure that belongings that you know you will need to use on the day of your move are located at the top, such as your toothbrush, a change of clothes and other necessities.
When packing up your home, try to remain as organised and strategic as possible. In wrapping each item with care and labelling each box clearly with a marker, you’ll be able to minimise stress when it comes to unpacking in your new home. Ensure that delicate items have been packed with additional protection by taking a read through our previous article on how to protect furniture when moving.
As you work your way through your home, group items by room, so, for instance, all cutlery and dinnerware will be packed together, along with clothing by season. This means that when you arrive at your new home, you can take on each room at a time, finish the task and then move onto the next. For more top tips on how you can successfully pack up your home, along with the packing supplies required, head over to the Fantastic Removals Blog.
If you require an extra pair of hands when packing up your home, then help is here! Davis & Mac are specialists in packing in Primrose Hill and all surrounding areas of the capital. Our team have years of experience helping clients to make the moving process as straightforward and enjoyable as possible, providing support throughout each stage. They will not only bring along all packing supplies required but also provide an unpacking service.
As you reach the final stages of your lease agreement, it’s time to start preparing for the moving day itself. Your landlord has no obligation to help you to move out, so you will need to ensure that you have organised removals ahead of your moving date. We always recommend contacting your chosen moving company as early as possible to make sure that they are available for your specific time and date.
Having built an exceptional reputation for reliable removals in Fulham, packing in Chelsea and many more services based in London, our team are always happy to help. When enlisting the support of Davis & Mac, we can take care of every stage of the moving process. Not only can we visit your home ahead of time to begin packing, but also transport your belongings to your new property and unpack all items, helping you to settle in just that little quicker. We’ll even put our knowledge to the test to tackle assembling furniture then dispose of all waste on your behalf!
Change Address On Documents
One vital task that often gets missed off the checklist is changing your address on all essential documents. Ensuring that you get this done ahead of your moving date is critical as not only could you miss bills, but you risk confidential documents getting into the wrong hands. Although we do not want to imagine the idea that the new tenants may be somewhat untrustworthy, its important to be reassured that they will not receive any of your mail once you’ve moved. The address on your driving licence, bank statements and national insurance documents must all be changed. For a full checklist on who you need to inform on your change of address, take a look at Really Moving.
Make Storage Arrangements
If you are downsizing your property or have larger belongings that you do not necessarily need, but do not want to throw away, then why not consider storage? Again, you will need to make storage arrangements before your moving date to ensure that they can be placed in units before you move out.
Finding a storage unit may take a little time as there are many different factors that you must consider. First, you will need to measure the items that you want to store as this will determine the size of the unit you need; therefore, the potential monthly rental price. It is also essential to consider if you would like a unit that is nearby to your home to visit regularly or whether you are happy to travel a little further, but less frequently. We have put together an article on how to choose a self-storage company, which is ideal if you are interested in hiring a unit.
Moving Home Made Easy!
While the thought of ending your lease agreement and moving onto a new property may be a little daunting, with meticulous preparation, the process can be straightforward and enjoyable. Having a rental property does mean that you will need to liaise with your landlord before making any decisions to ensure that you will not run into any issues. Once you have moved in, unpacked and ready to settle in, we suggest taking a look at our guide on how to make a rented house feel like home to transform your new property!