Moving home? What should be on your checklist.

Tenants | Wed 4 Dec 19
So, you’re sorted, you’ve rented your home with no deposit (whoohoo!), but what comes next? At Zero Deposit™ we have pulled together handy tips to help make moving house as easy as it can be.

What should you be doing one month before you move into your deposit free property?

  • If you have a lot of things to move, book the day off work in advance.

  • Order some packing materials (boxes, tape, sharpies, bubble wrap etc).

  • If you don’t have enough friends, family, cars available to help, make sure you arrange a removals van in advance and book early for the most competitive rates.

One week before you move into your new, shiny (Zero Deposit™  Guarantee) home:

  • Arrange for your mail to be redirected to your new deposit free pad.

  • Have a “freezer food week” - moving home is always a fun opportunity to try new (very unique) meals.

  • If you are allowed to within your tenancy agreement, look to switch you utility suppliers for your new pad. Searching for a cheaper deal might benefit you in the long run, if you have the time, use a comparison tool which will help you see lots of options available to you in one place.

  • Change your contents insurance to cover your new home.

  • Let your friends and family know about your pending move!

Four days before you move deposit free:

  • Clean and tidy your old home, take photographic evidence of how it looks (accounting for wear and tear) and check who holds your current rental deposit (TDS, MyDeposit, DPS). You will want to ensure you do everything in your power to get your current tenancy deposit back.

  • Speak to your local council about moving and arrange the payment of your council tax.

  • Change your address with your bank, DVLA, HMRC, TV Licensing etc.

  • After having lots of delicious freezer meals, it’s time to defrost your freezer - trust us, it’s easier to defrost your freezer before you move than have a puddle of water on the floor on moving day.

  • Start packing!

One day before you move into your deposit free home:

  • Finish packing - don’t forget to leave out your toothbrush for the morning.

The big day!

  • Take  note of all of your meter readings and pay your final bills.

  • Collect the keys to your new home (and your new life of no deposit renting!)

  • Lock up your old home and make sure you haven’t left anything behind.

  • Take photos and identify any damage (if any) to your new home, make sure you notify your new landlord/estate agent.

  • Leave a contact address with the occupants or lettings agents of your old house (if you didn’t set up a postal redirect).

And that’s it  - seamlessly move into your brand new home without paying a traditional security deposit.

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