Whether you are moving into your own home or rental accommodation, there is always a huge list of things to organize before you make a move. Of course, it helps to write a list of all the tasks you need to complete, so here are a few tips on what you need to organize when you rent a property.
Some landlords ask you to pay a deposit when you move into their rental property. This is usually equivalent to a month’s rent and is used as security for the landlord. As DRP, Virginia property management company explains, at the end of your rental period, if anything is broken or not in the same condition as when you moved in, the landlord will deduct an amount from the deposit to pay for a replacement or for the item to be fixed or cleaned. So, when you first move into a property, you will have to pay the equivalent of 2 months’ rent upfront, so get saving. You will also need some extra money for purchasing furniture, setting up telephone lines, or cable television.
When renting a property, you must not assume that the landlord is liable for damage to your belongings. Therefore, before you move, you will need to arrange first-party contents insurance so that if any of your items are stolen or damaged while you are residing in the rental property, you will be able to claim compensation.
Declutter And Pack
When you move home, it’s an excellent opportunity to have a clear-out and de-clutter. Be ruthless and throw out any items you don’t use. If they are past their sell-by date, throw them in the garbage, but if they are still usable, sell them or donate them to charity. You can sell items online on social media platforms such as Facebook Marketplace, or you can have a yard sale. Any money you make can go towards the deposit for your rental accommodation.
Book a removal van or transport your furniture and belongings to your new home. If you don’t have much stuff, you could hire a van for the day and drive it yourself. However, if you have more than a couple of boxes or some heavy pieces of furniture, you are best to use a removal company.
Make An Inventory
A landlord will probably make an inventory of the items in the rental property. It will be advantageous for you to double-check this list and go over it item by item with the landlord. In addition, you should take photographs of each room and any items that came with the property. Then, when it comes to getting back your deposit when you move out, the inventory and photos will quell any disputes that may arise, suggesting that the property has not been left in the same condition as it was when you moved in.
Register Your New Address
Shortly before you move, you may want to arrange for phone lines, broadband, cable, or satellite television to be set up in your name in the rental so that it’s up and running on the day you move in. You should transfer the gas and electric supplies into your name, take meter readings on the day you move in, and get the landlord to witness them. Finally, you should tell all friends, family, doctors, banks, driving authorities, etc., about your move and give them a note of your new address.