Renting provides flexibility and freedom to move on from a home should your personal circumstances change, you’re offered that dream job or just you feel the time is right.
However, to ensure your move doesn’t unnecessarily delay your next step you need to be organised from the outset.
We’ve put together this handy guide to help you plan ahead and avoid extra costs. We’ve covered all the important tasks from giving notice to your landlord through to transferring your broadband and arranging removals.
At the end of this guide you can also save a personalised end of tenancy checklist that prioritises all the important tasks and enables you to stay on track with a handy countdown to all the due dates.
First steps to moving home
Give notice to your landlord
You should first check your tenancy agreement to confirm what type of arrangement you have in place, a fixed-term with a specified tenancy end date or a periodic, which rolls from week-to-week or month-to-month. For more information on giving notice on fixed-term and periodic tenancies see our guide to giving end of tenancy notice.
Once you’ve confirmed your tenancy end date and included this in your formal notice to your landlord, you need to have received their written confirmation of this before you inform any other third parties of your intended move date.
End of tenancy planning
Following your landlord’s written confirmation of the agreed tenancy end date you should review your property inventory to check your responsibilities for repairs and replacing any missing items.
It’s important you do this as it could affect the amount of deposit your landlord pays back to you. So, it’s worth checking any cutlery and crockery that was provided when you moved in for example.
Likewise, check carpets and walls for any stains that you can arrange to have cleaned before your inspection date. It’s likely to be far cheaper for you to pay for a carpet cleaner than for your landlord to deduct their projected cost of this from your deposit.
Your tenancy agreement should confirm arrangements for getting your deposit back. If not speak to your landlord and refer to our getting your deposit back guide.
Agree a final inspection date
Agree a final inspection date that works for you as much as for your landlord. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to check your inventory and put right any repairs or replace missing items. For this reason, the inspection is typically on the same day as your move date or shorty after.
If you plan to use a removal company give yourself plenty of time to source quotes from local providers and get the best deal.
Alternatively, you may have a friend with a large vehicle who is willing to lend a hand.
You could also consider hiring a van and asking a few friends to help out on the day in exchange for a few celebratory drinks after the move.
You can use our comparison tool to easily get quotes from the best removal companies in your area.
Cleaning and gardening
Check your tenancy agreement to see whether a professional clean is required before you move out. If so, we recommend booking in cleaners to come after you move out and prior to the final inspection, if possible.
If this isn’t possible ask them to come in the afternoon of your move date so you’re not in each other’s way or store a majority of your boxes and furniture in one room, which is cleaned last.
If you have a garden refer to your inventory to see if this should be left as it was when you moved in. If necessary book a gardener or set aside time to return it to its original condition.
Maintenance and repairs
Once you’ve confirmed your responsibilities against the inventory, you’ll need to identity any repairs or maintenance work that needs doing such as fitting a new toilet seat or filling in and painting over holes where you’ve hung a picture or shelf.
Some of these jobs you’ll be able to do yourself while for others you’ll need to source and book a local trades-person.
Redirect your mail
It’s a good idea to set up a redirection for your mail in advance of your moving date. This way you won’t miss any important documents and you’ll avoid the risk of your personal details falling into the wrong hands.
Royal Mail requires at least five working days to activate your redirection and you can apply up to three months in advance – apply here.
Phone and broadband
As soon as you have a confirmed move date, contact your phone and broadband provider to let them know your change of address and when the service needs to be transferred.
It can take time to set up the service at your new home so the sooner you do this the less likely you will be without this all-important link when you move.
Try to source as many free packing boxes as you can from your local shops and supermarket – banana and large multipack crisp boxes are particularly useful for this.
If you do need to buy packing boxes shop around and compare prices online to get the best deal.
When packing remember to clearly label each box with which room it came from and what’s in it.
Follow these seven steps to a smooth move:
1. Check cleaning is completed as per the property’s inventory
2. If you used a cleaning company ask for a receipt to provide a copy to your landlord (or landlord’s agent)
3. Do your final meter readings and inform utility providers (you can use our home move assistant to do this in just a couple of minutes)
4. Take photographs of the property’s condition for your records. This is important if your landlord later refuses to pay your deposit back in full
5. Turn off the power if required by your landlord
6. Hand over the keys to your landlord
7. Notify all of your suppliers that you have moved and provide your new address