Moving into private accommodation can be an exciting, yet super stressful time...
Whether you're moving into private accommodation for the first time or setting off into the real world after finishing uni, use this checklist to ensure you get all of the important stuff out of the way so you can get the best experience possible out of your new home.
Here's our list of the top things to remember:
- Meet the neighbours!
Introduce yourself to your new neighbours. Happy neighbours = happy life.
- Take inventory
Make sure you take photos and notes of any damages and the general condition of the property to save possible disputes with the landlord later.
- Check if you're eligible for council tax exemption
It's only going to be a benefit to you and help you save a little money if you're exempt! Click here to see if you're eligible.
- Take meter readings
Take the gas, electricity, and water readings as soon as you get there and register your details with the supplier.
- Get a TV license/switch it over
Make sure you get your TV license sorted when you get there or if you already have one, make sure you update your address! If you're in shared accommodation, remember, you only need one license for the whole house.
- Understand your contract
Make sure you understand not only what's expected of you, but also what's expected of the landlord and your flat/housemates to ensure there are no fall-outs.
- Find out when bin collection day is
No one wants a stinky bin, so make sure to find out when bin collection day is. To help you remember, put the date somewhere everyone will see it.
- Get on the electoral register
Make sure you register to vote or update your new address with the electoral register. Your vote matters!
- Arrange contents insurance
It's always better to be safe than sorry, so get your stuff insured just in case.
- Sign up with a local GP
Get yourself a GP or make sure you notify your GP of your address change. The sooner you do it, the less you'll have to worry about it.