If your student accommodation tenancy is coming to an end this summer, it’s time to start thinking about packing everything up and preparing to move out. Whether you’re going home for the summer holidays, flying aboard for a long working holiday or simply moving into next year’s digs, any move can be stressful. You’ll also want to make sure to leave your old accommodation as you found it, so you’re able to get all your security deposit back. There’s a lot to think about, so it’s time to get organised.
Get Prepared Well Ahead of the Move
Before you start packing up your room, check your tenancy agreement to make sure you know exactly when you need to move out. You should also check with your current flatmates when they intend on moving out. You can make sure everyone does their bit towards the end of tenancy clean by doing this.
If you’re moving into new accommodation, but there’s a gap between the end of your old tenancy and the beginning of your new one, or you’re planning on leaving your university city for the summer, now is a great time to book a self storage unit. For example, let’s say you’re studying in Liverpool. You can spread the cost of student storage in Liverpool by sharing a unit with your friends.
Sort Out Bills and Redirect Post
Suppose you’re in all-inclusive accommodation where your bills are covered by your rent. In that case, you won’t have to worry about talking to energy suppliers as your accommodation provider will have this in hand. However, if you’ve been paying bills yourself, you’ll need to provide final metre readings to your utility suppliers, pay your final bills and close your accounts to make sure you don’t get any nasty surprises later down the line. So keep copies of any communications with energy companies, including metre readings, for peace of mind.
If you’ve got any subscription services that get routinely delivered to the house, like meal kits, for example, now is an excellent time to pause them whilst you’re in between homes or get your address changed so you don’t miss out. It’s also a good idea to have your post redirected by the Royal Mail, either to your parent’s house or your new accommodation. This way, you won’t miss any important letters.
The All-Important Inventory
If you cast your mind back to the beginning of the university year, you may remember completing an inventory of your current accommodation, in which you confirmed the condition of everything from the walls to all the fixtures and fittings.
When the time comes to move out, that inventory will be used to make sure everything is in the same condition as when you moved in. If things in the property are found to be damaged beyond reasonable wear and tear, this could be deducted from your security deposit.
Now is the time to do an inspection of your room and the communal areas of your accommodation and check everything is as it should be. If you find anything damaged, be honest with your landlord or accommodation provider by reporting maintenance issues. You may still have to pay for whatever needs repairing, but it may cost you less than if you’d not told them, and they will be more inclined to give you a good reference in the future, should you need it.
Declutter As You Pack
Packing up your room is the perfect opportunity to declutter and get rid of anything you no longer need or want. But, before you start throwing things away, think about whether what you’re getting rid of could benefit someone else. For clothes, books, or anything in a useable condition, ask your flatmates if they would like any of it, or donate it to a charity shop.
If you’ve got a lot of stuff and are looking to make a bit of cash, you can even sell it online. Let’s say you’re studying at Central Lancashire University in Preston, and you’ve got boxes of things you want to put up for sale but don’t want to lug them around with you in the meantime. Our student storage in Preston is the perfect place to keep your belongings organised and out of the way whilst you’re on the move. Of course, if you need any boxes for the big move, Smart Storage has a great range of boxes and packaging at all our on-site box shops.
Perform a Thorough Clean of the Property
If you want to get your security deposit back, you’ll need to deep clean your old room and any communal areas like the kitchen and living room. Again, your accommodation provider should clarify exactly what is expected from an end of tenancy clean. Still, as a general rule, it’s best to clean everything from the walls to the carpets and even inside the oven.
Wait until you’ve packed up and moved everything out, either to your new home or if you’re studying in the Northwest, to your student storage in Wirral, Warrington or Altrincham; if you’ve decided storage is the best option for you.
Just like that, it’s time to hand back the keys and say goodbye to your old student accommodation. If you’ve decided that self storage is the way to go, head over to our space calculator to work out what size unit you need, and get a quote quickly online for your chosen Smart Storage location.