Tips for Moving Home

Perhaps you won’t move, but if you do, you’re going to want to know how to get out hassle free and make moving into your new home as easy as possible.

Packaging

Firstly, you’re going to want to get all of your items packed and ready for transportation/storage. Don’t leave this to the last minute, as it’s vital that you get everything packed early to reduce the chances of leaving anything behind when you do eventually move out. My best piece of advice would be to keep all of the boxes that you used to transport your stuff in the first place, so you can reuse them at the end of the year. However if you didn’t do this, do it next year! You can get cardboard boxes easily by asking local shops to save theirs when they receive deliveries, or by keeping the boxes that you receive when you order things online. Make sure that you are liberal with the bubble wrap also! The last thing you want is to break something in transit.

Transportation of items

Now that you’re packed and ready to go, you need to find out how you’re going to get your stuff to your new accommodation, or to the storage unit that you’ll use until you move in (more info later). You may be able to get your parents to drive you and your belongings but if this is not an option, then rest assured! If you don’t want to pay the price of getting a taxi then you could take your items in multiple journeys via public transport (avoid peak hours!) and by asking friends to help out, if this isn’t an option then maybe you have a friend with a car?

Storing items

Perhaps you’re contract for your current accommodation runs out before your new contract starts, and in this case you may wonder what you can do in the meantime. If you have family local to where your new accommodation is then you can likely ask them to store your stuff in your old room. Failing that, you could ask a friend if they have a spare room and offer to pay them to keep your stuff there. If this isn’t an option, then there are companies that specialise in storage of student belongings for the summer. Companies like Student Storage Box offer generous discounts to students, and even offer to collect/return your items. That’s two birds with one stone!

Security deposits

I’m sure that by this point you’ll have started to think about that security deposit that you paid at the beginning of your previous contract. Providing you’ve kept your room in tip top shape, you can expect to get it all back. But if you have damaged your room even in the slightest, you can expect your landlord to hold on to some of your deposit. At the beginning of your tenancy, you will have received a deposit id from the deposit protection service (DPS). Check Deposit Protection for more information about it.

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