Student Life – Preparing to Move Out of Your Student House

As the academic year end draws near, many students face the daunting task of moving out of their student accommodations. Whether you’re transitioning from a student house to another rental, moving back home or stepping into the professional world, the process can be overwhelming. At Nicholas Humphreys, we understand the challenges involved and are here to offer some practical advice to make your move as smooth as possible.

Student Preparing to move out of student house

Start Early and Plan Ahead

One of the most critical steps in preparing to move out is to start early. Begin by confirming your move-out date and work backwards to create a timeline of tasks. This plan should include dates for final inspections, packing, cleaning and arranging transport or storage solutions if necessary. Starting early reduces last-minute stress and ensures that nothing important is overlooked.

Inventory Check and Damage Assessment

Before you pack anything, check against any inventory list provided when you moved in. This includes furniture, appliances and any other items that came with the accommodation. Assess any damage that has occurred during your tenancy and decide whether to repair them or report to your landlord. It’s crucial to leave the property in good condition to avoid disputes over deposit returns.

Declutter and Donate

Moving is an excellent opportunity to declutter. Sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, sell, donate or throw away. Unwanted clothes, books and other items in good condition can be donated to charity shops or offered to other students. This not only lightens your load but also helps to keep your moving costs down.

Packing Tips

When it comes to packing, efficiency is key:

  • Label Everything: Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs in. This will make unpacking much easier.
  • Use Sturdy Boxes: Invest in good quality packing boxes and bubble wrap to protect your items during the move.
  • Keep Essentials Accessible: Pack a separate bag with essentials you’ll need on the day of the move and the first few days after, like toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents and chargers for your devices.

Cleaning and Repairs

Leaving your student house clean and in good repair is essential for reclaiming your full deposit. Perform a thorough cleaning of the property, including kitchens, bathrooms, living areas and bedrooms. Pay special attention to appliances and areas behind furniture. If you’re short on time or want to ensure a professional job, consider hiring a cleaning service.

Utility and Address Updates

Don’t forget to inform utility providers, banks and other important contacts of your move. Arrange for final meter readings and the disconnection or transfer of utility services. Updating your address will ensure that you continue to receive important mail without interruption.

Final Inspections and Key Handover

Arrange a final inspection with your landlord or letting agency. This is a chance to discuss any issues and ensure that everything is in order as per the rental agreement. Be present during the inspection to offer explanations or clarifications if needed. Once everything is settled, return all keys to the landlord or agent.

Leave a Review

After moving out, consider leaving a review of your property and landlord or letting agency. This can be invaluable to future tenants and contributes to a transparent rental community.

If you’re planning your move and need further guidance or are looking for your next student accommodation, Nicholas Humphreys is here to help. With extensive experience in student rentals, we can make your transition seamless. Visit us at Nicholas Humphreys for more information and to view our property listings.