Moving into a rented home: Your guide for the big day

Moving into a new home can be a stressful time. Even if you’ve moved between rental properties before, there might be things you forget along the way. At Space Property we want to make sure you enjoy your new home from day one. We’ve put together a guide to help make your next move as easy as possible.

Moving home

Follow our guide and don’t get the moving day blues

Change of Address

With each move your address changes which we’re sure you’re aware of!  However, it’s often forgotten by tenants to inform various people of their change of address. Ensure that you contact your bank and employer (as well as your friends and family) in good time for moving home.  You don’t want to miss any important letters or deliveries, so it’s worth leaving a forwarding address at your previous home with your landlord.

You can also set up a forwarding address with the Royal Mail. You can apply up to 3 months prior to your address change. Bear in mind Royal Mail need at least 5 working days to organise your redirection. For more information visit: Royal Mail

TV Licensing

This can easily be forgotten when you’re busy moving. Remember your TV licence doesn’t move with you. It’s easy for you to update your details online and change your address. If you need a new TV licence you can also do this online, ensure you are covered so you don’t end up with unwanted fines.

Pay, check or update your TV licence

Keep it Clean

If you’re moving from another rented property ensure that you leave it tidy. Getting back your deposit from your previous property will help out with costs when you move. If you have an inventory check it when you leave, if not leave the property as tidy as possible.

Utility Bills

Having your bills organised as soon as you can is important. You want to know that your utilities, internet and telephone services are set up in time for you moving home. It won’t feel like home-sweet-home if you move in and you’ve got no lights or heating! These services can take a while to process – it’s useful to have them sorted once you know the date you are moving in.

Remember – if you’re leaving a rented property, notify your utility suppliers at least two days before you move out, this will make sure any outstanding payments are organised before you move to your new home.

Get packing

It’s a good idea to start packing as far in advance as possible. Instead of chucking all your items into various boxes, make a plan and try to box up your items according to which room they will be going into. You don’t want to be rooting around for the Kettle after you’ve moved all your boxes!

The essentials

If you need a break from shifting your things around there’s some essentials you’ll want handy. We suggest you pack a separate box or bag with items such as:

  • Your phone charger -for those important moving-day Facebook updates
  • A bag of basic toiletries
  • Something to eat – or a takeaway menu
  • Tea, coffee and milk – don’t forget the mugs and kettle
  • Cutlery
  • Toilet Roll
  • Money

Home Move Box offer a free service in where they send a package of first-day essentials to help you out when you move in. The box includes every-day items and is design to get you up and running in your new home. Offers from leading retailers are in the box to help you as you settle in.

Request your Home Move Box

Make it your own

Once you’re settled you’ll want to make your home unique to you. Don’t rush and start hammering your photos onto the walls. It’s vital that you read the terms of your tenancy and check with your landlord if you are unsure about what you can and can’t do.

There are many ways to get around decorating in rented properties. You could visit our blog post on decorating tips for renters, or browse some of our Upcycling ideas.

Get Acquainted

Its worth going for a wander round your area, introduce yourself to your neighbours were possible and start developing a friendly relationship. It helps to get along with those around you and is useful if you need to borrow some sugar! If you’re completely new to the area, it may be a good idea to find out about local community events in order to meet new people.

We hope this guide has helped you. If you have any tips you’d like to share, tweet us @spaceprops or visit us on Facebook.

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