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Moving Into Your Rental Property

Moving Into Your Rental Property


Moving into your rental property can be an exhilarating and overwhelming experience. Therefore, we have created a checklist for moving into your rental property!

At Matthew James Estate and Letting Agents, we know how stressful it is to pack up your life from one home into another. This is why we have developed a few tips to make moving less stressful and time-consuming for you.


Tips For Moving Into Your Rental Property



  • Save for The Deposit of Your Rental Property


Before even thinking about renting a new apartment, you need to have saved up for the deposit you have to pay. This is the very first step to take.

  • Pay the Deposit of Your New Home


Once you have saved up enough money for your new home, then you have to pay. Ensure that you request a receipt. This can be kept as valid proof of payment.

  • Get Familiar with Your New Neighborhood


When you are moving into a new environment, you need to have done a fair amount of research on your neighbourhood.

Join some online groups and get used to all the local amenities and facilities available in your new area. Facebook and other social media sites can be great for this.


1 Month Before You Move


  • Redirect / Cancel Services and Deliveries


Before moving to your new apartment, you must redirect or cancel any services, deliveries or posts to your last place of residence.

Ensure that the relevant people and organizations are aware of your move.

  • Have a clear out


Take a good look at items in your home. You can save yourself a lot of hassle by having a good clear-out. Throw away any old or unused items you have, saving your time and energy during the moving process.

  • Organize A Good Removal Service


Even if you are only moving a short distance from your old home, you need to organize and complete removal service to prevent disappointments on your move-in day.

It would help if you also ensured that your appliances were insured in case of any damages or loss.

You can start by packing away non-essential items early. Make sure you label your boxes, as this will help smooth the unpacking process when you move.


2 Weeks Before You Move


  • Arrange for your mail to be redirected


You will need to contact Royal Mail and start redirecting your post. This can take a bit, but it is a crucial step. You will need to ensure you have done this before changing your address with any utility companies and, even more importantly, legal companies driving licences etc.


  • It is worth putting a call into all other utility companies you will be using in your new home, such as – gas, electricity, broadband, and telephone.


  • You will also want to make sure you change your address on all credit cards, driving licences etc.

It is the perfect time to check out websites like Go Compare and Money Saving Expert with Martin Lewis.

Shop around and see if they are any deals on the market. There are savings if you haven’t done this in a long time!

You may want to think about things like booking some holiday from work and making sure you have childcare. This will allow you to be more productive and focus on the task, as moving can be stressful.

Make sure you sort out any buildings and contents insurance you need as you do not want to get caught out if the unthinkable ever happens. This could cost you thousands if you allow it to lapse.


1 Week Before You Move


If you are renting a property, you will want to take pictures of all the rooms in your property. In addition, you will want to make sure there is no reason for you not to have your security deposit returned. Finally, any damage or wear and tear will need to be repaired.

Defrost your freezer, ready for your move.

Increase your packing. A top tip is to ensure you keep any important documents in a safe place/folder. Make sure you know what is in each box, making moving and unpacking easier. You can take each box into the correct room when you unload.


Moving Day | Moving Into Your Rental Property


Make sure your property is secure. Lock all windows and doors and do a final inspection of the property to ensure you haven’t left anything behind.


Make a note of any meter readings and inform the appropriate companies. Make sure to take meter readings at your new property too.


You will need to return your keys and pick up your new ones with your local estate agents.


Now You’re Settled


Once you have fully moved in, the work doesn’t stop. First, you must make sure that you contact all companies you have anything to do with and that they know your new contact details.

We have put together a short list,

TV Licensing

Content and Building Insurance



Electoral register


Council tax

Don’t forget to register with your local Doctors, Dentist and vets!

We hope you have our guide about moving into your rental property helpful. At Matthew James Property Services, we are always on hand to answer any questions you may have! Click here to contact us.