GET OUT

Moving out can be a daunting experience for some, it may leave you feeling overwhelmed with trying to remember all the things you need to do before leaving. Here is a handy list to help you remember all the important things so that you don’t get caught out by anything.

NOTIFY UTILITIES YOU'RE LEAVING

Let all the utility companies know when you are leaving so you can close your account at the right time with the right readings. This includes any home internet contracts and council tax. Some internet/TV providers will ask you to send the equipment back as you only rent it for the contract so make sure you send this off using the company’s instructions.

CLEAN

Have a deep clean after you have moved out your belongings is very important. If the landlord does not think that the place is up to scratch for someone to move in, they will put a cleaning charge against your deposit. Make sure you dust, vacuum, and clean everywhere; including the oven and hob.

REQUEST INVENTORY & CHECK EVERYTHING

Check off everything that is stated in the inventory that you got when you moved in. The landlord can charge for anything that is damaged, broken or missing from the inventory through the deposit. Also check that you haven’t left anything in the place when you leave. You could be charged for disposing anything that you have left.

TAKE PHOTOS

Having evidence is important. Take photos of the place when you move out to prove that the place is clean, tidy, and everything on the inventory is accounted for. If you need to dispute any charges taken off the deposit, you will have evidence.

TAKE LAST METER READINGS

For the close of utility accounts, you will need to supply final meter readings. Make sure you take the full reading on the meter and the date that you took it. Some companies can accept a photo of the meter but check with them beforehand.

FOLLOW UP ON YOUR DEPOSIT

Your landlord should return the deposit within 10 days of you agreeing the final charges (if any). If you do not get a confirmation after the 10 days, follow it up with the landlord, letting agent, and deposit scheme operator.

CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS TO YOUR NEW ONE

You should change your addresses just before you move out so you do not miss any post. Make sure you change the address on any account that charges your bank account and/or delivers to you (including your bank itself). If you want to, you can redirect your mail for a period of time through the Royal Mail but there is a cost to this.