The Complete Renter's ChecklistMoving home can be a stressful time. One poll found that 40% of people rank moving house as the most stressful experience. Having a moving checklist to tick off as you go can help keep track of progress and cover everything that needs to be done. This guide will help you create a comprehensive renters’ checklist to reduce the stress of moving house.
As soon as you know your move in dateA good moving house checklist begins as soon as you know the date of your move. One of the first things to do is organise home insurance, so you’re covered from the moment you take over the tenancy.
The next step is to make sure you have the money ready and available for the deposit and any other fees or expenses that may crop up. You may also need to take some time off work for your moving day and to give you a chance to get all your packing done. It’s nearly always a bigger job than you think, so having several days’ booked off before your move can be a real blessing.
Packing up an entire home takes time. You can speed up the process by starting as soon as possible and packing away the things you don’t use regularly . You’ll be glad you did when it comes to moving week and it also helps you weigh up what you have and what you may need for your new pad. Then you can start making a checklist of things to buy!
If you’re thinking about using a moving company, get your date booked in nice and early. If you have friends or family helping you move, make sure they know exactly when you need them and what you’ll need them to do.
2 weeks beforeTwo weeks before the moving date is a good time to start thinking about who to notify when you move. This will include utility providers, banks, employers, family and friends. You’ll also want to notify the postal service to get any mail redirected to your new address.
Drivers will want to check out parking in the new area – if there’s no driveway or garage included with the property, this is the time to look up parking permits or local garages.
If you rely more on public transport, take some time to research bus or train routes so you’re familiar with them when you need them. You should also check regulations on short-term parking as you may need permits for removal vans or other helpers who need to park close by on the big day.
You should also start to look at renter’s insurance. It’s good to try and sort this out well ahead of your moving day as you may need to talk to your landlord about what you’ll be responsible for.
The week before
The week before the move is when things can get hectic. In this week you should finish all your packing save for those few bits and bobs you’ll need right up until the last minute. Label each box according to the room it will arrive in rather than the room it is leaving. As you pack up each room, give it a thorough clean. You may need to take photographs for your old landlord, including detailed descriptions of any areas of wear and tear that may affect the return of your deposit.
If they’re coming with you, remember to defrost your fridge and freezer a day or two before the move, so they’re ready to go. But make sure there’s enough food at home to keep you going until moving day. Good tips for moving house include setting aside a box for last-minute provisions such as the kettle and toaster, teabags, coffee, bread, butter and long-life milk, as you may be in need of a cuppa and a snack on moving day!
You’ll also need to notify the council of your proposed move so they can adjust your council tax.
The night before
The night before the move, you should hopefully have packed everything except items you use all the time, which you can now pack into an overnight bag. These include your toothbrushes, wash kit, a spare change of clothes and anything else you can’t live without for a few hours. Make sure you’ve planned a meal for that night, be it a takeaway, meal out or beans on toast – remember you may not have any cooking facilities available by this point.
Make a final check of any documents you might need and keep the keys for the new property handy for the morning if you have them already.
On moving day
On moving day, the most obvious task is getting all your stuff from A to B. If you’re using a moving company, they’ll most likely take care of this for you. If you’re relying on friends and family, you may want to oversee who transports what and coordinate things so you have people at each end to help with the heavy lifting.
If you don’t already have the keys for the new property, make this one of your first tasks on moving day. Not much else can be done until you can actually get into your new home.
You’ll need to take final meter readings for all utilities and send them to the relevant suppliers to make sure your final bill is accurate. When you arrive at the new property, remember to take meter readings there as well.
Depending on what your old landlord requests, you may need to perform a final check of the property you’re leaving, taking more photographs and checking for any damage.
Don’t forget to use your moving house checklist to make sure all tasks are completed before you hand over the keys to your old property.
The week afterThe final tasks on a moving checklist can be left until you’re settled into your new property. A week or so after the move, think about registering with a local GP, dentist and optician. Update your details on the electoral register and with organisations like the DVLA, HMRC and your insurers or credit providers. Confirm your bank and employer are aware of your change in address and register with your new local council. If you have a TV license you’ll need to update your details with them. You’ll also want to organise Renters Insurance if you haven’t already, to make sure your things are covered should anything happen.
You can organise renter’s insurance for your new property online with Flow, with several levels of cover available to suit all rental properties.