Moving out can be overwhelming and sometimes stressful too. There’s so much to do in so little time that you often miss out on important things, which leads to regrets, frustration and whatnot. However, you can avoid all this by putting things in order and strike each one off the list one after another. When instead of following a sequence you try to juggle multiple things at the same time, confusion kicks in and everything starts to fall apart.
Consider this article a reminder for 5 important things that you might forget amidst the chaos of moving out.
End the tenancy on papers. If you are planning to move out in the near future, your landlord should know it before any of your friends do, especially if you are locked in an agreement. A lease agreement often requires you to give a month’s notice prior to vacating your home. The duration of the notice may vary in your case, but it still holds significance. Make sure everything is documented in order to avoid legal troubles or any confusion in the last minute when you have a lot of things on your plate.
Who can access your property and how often?
Making proper access arrangements is part of your end of tenancy documentation. By establishing this arrangement at the beginning of your notice period, you can determine when and how often your landlord can access your property for conducting viewings. You may also set out a reasonable notice, say 24 hours, for individual viewings, in order to accommodate your prior commitments. This is a good way to protect your privacy and routine without having to raise your voice.
Disconnect the utilities. If there are utilities supplied in your name, make sure all of them are disconnected by the time you vacate your property. Take pictures of gas, electric and water meters with date stamps, as well as heating and plumbing systems for maintaining records.
Now let’s discuss other aspects of moving out which unravel as the end of tenancy approaches. How are you planning to pack and move your belongings? Would you call in a friend for help or in case you don’t want to take up the hassle, hiring a local moving company would suffice?
Whichever way you go, make sure you buy commercial-grade packaging supplies
While you may want to cut down your moving cost by shouldering the entire process, it is advised to use only high-quality, commercial-grade packaging supplies because you don’t want your valuables flying loose during transit. Also, the truck that you are using must have compartments and safety belts to keep the boxes in place. Use bubble wraps for packing fragile items. Not only do bubble wraps cushion the impact but are also fun to pop after use.
Use packaging supplies unsparingly. You must never underestimate the impact your boxes go through during transit. Adding that extra layer is always helpful in case things go south. At least you will know your belongings will arrive safely at your new residence no matter how many skies may have fallen.
Hire a professional cleaning service. While moving out is a lot of work, end of tenancy cleaning adds immensely to the burden. Also, as you vacate the property, your landlord expects every nook and corner to be as clean as when you moved in. This is similar to spring clean except for the fact that the results will be largely enjoyed by the next tenant moving in. What’s in there for you? You get to have your full bond money back as the landlord would be pleased with your sweet gesture. For best results, hire a professional cleaning service in your area.
Planning is an important part of the moving process. Therefore, it is important that you plan ahead and leave nothing for the last minute because when push comes to shove, things can easily spiral out of control.