Moving out of halls and into private accommodation can be an exciting, yet VERY stressful time...
If you're moving into private accommodation for the first time then there are lots of things you need to know to make everything run smoothly!
Use this checklist to make sure you have the best experience possible in your new home. Here's our list of the things to remember:
- Is your deposit protected?
Now that you've moved in, double check with your landlord that any money you've paid is in a tenancy deposit scheme. This will make your life a lot easier when you move out if you do have any issues with house.
- Completed the inventory?
One of the first things you need to do is take photos and make note of any damages and the general condition of the house/flat to save any awkward and heated conversations with the landlord later on.
- Are you eligible for council tax exemption?
It's only going to benefit to you and help you save a little money if you don't have to pay council tax on top of your other bills! Check to see if you're eligible.
- Have you taken the meter readings?
Take the gas, electricity, and water readings as soon as you get there and register your details with the supplier to make sure your bills all run smoothly. Also, ask your landlord for a copy of the gas safety and energy performance certificates. Why? It's a legal requirement.
- Sorted your TV license?
Make sure you get your TV license sorted once you're all moved in and settled in or if you already have one, just update your address. Remember that if you're sharing a house, you only need one license for the whole house.
- Have you gone house shopping?
Instead of spending extra money on new things for your house, head to the nearest charity shop. They'll have great stuff and you'll pay way less than in Ikea! Just decide between your flatmates who is getting what so you that you don't end up with 5 toasters...
- When is bin collection day?
No one wants a stinky bin, so find out when bin collection day is. You might be able to get text reminders from the council or just stick to writing it on your kitchen calendar so all your flatmates are clear.
- Are you on the electoral register?
Your vote matters so it's important that you're registered to vote at your new address. This saves you having to go home or mess around getting a postal vote sorted!
- Do you have contents insurance?
It's always better to be safe than sorry, so get your contents insured just in case. Students can get some great deals on insurance if you look around - Endsleigh are great!
- Have you registered with a local GP?
Get yourself a GP that's close to your new accommodation or if you've already got one in the city, make sure you notify them of your address change. The sooner you do it, the less you'll have to worry about it!