So, your lease is up and it is time to move on to bigger and better things.
You’ve put in the work arranging moving plans, dropping down a new deposit, arranging travel plans…when suddenly you realise that the place you just left is going to need some cleaning if you hope to get your old deposit back.
Depending upon the landlord, you may be expected to return your flat or your home of residence to move-in conditions before moving out. It is best to clarify the specifics with your landlord, but more often than not, this means you need to set aside a full day to clean up.
If not? Then you may end up as one of the 25% of renters that don’t get their security deposit back.
So how do you make sure you don’t get slapped with fees and repairs? It’s all about in the presentation, thinking ahead, and getting a little creative.
If you need that security deposit back, try out these move out cleaning tips.
Take Things Room by Room
This might not be a huge problem with those who live in smaller apartments, but if you’ve been living in a home this whole time, it can be incredibly intimidating to start cleaning everything.
To make it more approachable, try cleaning your space room by room. While you’re doing this, make sure you don’t move between two different room types, like a kitchen to a bedroom. Try doing all of the bedrooms first, then bathrooms, then other living spaces.
This will help you get into the rhythm of cleaning without having to stop to swap out rags, cleaning products, vacuums, and mops.
Using Professional Carpet Cleaners
Different rental agencies are going to have different policies about this next tip. Still, it’s definitely worth considering if you desperately need that security deposit back.
There’s the typical wear and tear to be expected on a rental unit’s carpet, but if you really want to impress or are a little bit paranoid about a certain spot or stain, then calling in the big guns and going with a professional carpet cleaning service is the way to go.
Carpet cleaned by professional cleaners is going to look leagues better than what a vacuum or home carpet cleaner could produce, usually because of the materials used by the cleaners themselves.
With the right carpet cleaning company, you can expect to get rid of the stains that may have been posing a risk to your deposit.
Finding the Right Moving Company
Many of the incidents and accidents that leave damage to units occur during move in and move out. While friends and family are cheaper movers than reputable companies, one slip up and you’ve left a considerable hole in the drywall.
The solution? Finding the right moving company and having a direct discussion about your expectations for your move. Moving companies can ensure that their workers are gentle on your floors, careful with your furniture, and won’t threaten that all-important lease.
In some cases, you can even purchase packing equipment directly from the company to make your life just a little bit easier.
Kill Those Odours
Even if you’ve scrubbed and scrubbed for hours, you may find that some stenches aren’t coming out. These smells, alongside normal wear and tear like dirty grout or holes from hanging photos, can be enough for your landlord to claim that deposit for a professional fix.
You can avoid this problem by making sure that no place in your unit smells. For example, does the dishwasher seem to smell like spoiled food no matter how you clean it? Run a load with nothing but a cup of vinegar and wrap up with some baking soda afterward.
Does your refrigerator smell rotten? Be sure to defrost it and come back later with stronger cleaning materials. Tackling odors as well as stains will make life easier for both you and your landlord.
In many cases, how things appear can be more important than how they really are. That’s why you need to make sure your apartment is not only clean—but that it looks it, too. If you work smart, plan ahead, and hire out work when necessary, you can depend on that deposit coming in the mail to your new living space.
Moving house isn’t a scenario where you can just lug everything into a van and get going. The process requires planning weeks, sometimes even months before the moving day. This is to ensure that your move goes smoothly, and you aren’t transferring items you may not need in your new home.
Below is a plan created by Simply Removals (we’ve been around for 20 years, so we know our stuff!).
Moving house – 2 months before you move
While thinking about packing 2 months before you move may seem slightly over the top, there are certain factors you’ll want to get out of the way before the final countdown to your moving day.
First, confirm your moving date, second inform your landlord (if you’re renting) of your moving date. Once that’s out of the way, next up is finding a removals company you can trust. Of course, that’s where we come in. Simply Removals have been moving people for over 20 years and are one of London’s best trusted removals companies and offer competitive rates. However, we strongly recommend calling a range of removal companies to compare and find a rate that suits your budget.
Next is insurance. It’s advised that you check if your insurance company covers your move, if not, most removal companies should provide cover. You can find out more information on our coverage policy on our legal disclaimer page.
Lastly, keep a journal of dates, contact numbers and references for insurance etc. This will ensure that you’ll be able to contact or provide any details to the relevant parties when required.
Here’s the 2-month checklist:
- Confirm your moving date
- Find a respectable removals company
- Ensure you have boxes/packaging sorted so you aren’t left without
- Sort out any insurance/coverage
- Store important contact details in a safe place
Moving house – 1 month before you move
This is the point where you want to start sorting through all the items you don’t want to take to your new home. Decluttering is essential here, and while it may be tough to let go of a few things, lugging it to your new home just for it to sit in the basement isn’t practical or cost-effective. Consider donating anything you don’t want to charity shops or sell the items if you can.
Make a checklist of the important items you’ll be moving, things like beds, wardrobes, large mirrors, cupboards, white goods and sports equipment. This will not only make organising things easier, but it will give your removals company a better idea of what vehicles will be required and how much it will cost (if the quote hasn’t already been agreed).
Additionally, it’s advised that you ask your removals company if they supply packing materials. If they don’t you will have to source some. At Simply Removals, we supply a variety of packing materials and even offer a bespoke packing solution.
You can begin packing away certain items to make it easier to the move them on the moving day. Foods should be stored in easily accessible areas, so you can still live comfortably without having to worry about organising nearer to the moving day.
It’s worth remembering that the less you move, the less expensive it will be!
Here’s the 1-month checklist:
- Declutter and sell/donate items you don’t want
- Make an inventory list of your bigger possessions
- Start organising where you’re going to store items for easy access come moving day
- Check if your chosen removals company offer a packing service (boxes, bubble wrap etc)
- Check for parking (removals vans are usually quite big!)
Moving house – 3 weeks before you move
Although the necessary checks should have already taken place, it may be wise to have a Chartered Surveyor inspect your new property. This is also around the time you will want to speak to your solicitor about exchanging contracts and confirming the moving date.
During this time, you will also need to ensure that parking has been sorted for the removals company at both addresses. Travel routes will also need to be confirmed to ensure that your belongings arrive safely on and time (watch out for peak traffic times!).
Stick your moving checklist somewhere where you can see it and keep your moving journal to hand for any last-minute calls or changes!
Here’s the 3-week checklist:
- Contact your solicitor regarding contracts
- Confirm moving date and parking with your removals company
- Have a travel route sorted
- Ensure your new house is cleaned and emptied before you move
- Begin packing non-essential items
- Dedicate one or two rooms as packing/storage rooms
- Ensure all outside spaces are clear (gardens, patios, sheds, greenhouses etc).
Moving house – 1 week before you move
During the final week of your moving process, you’ll want to ensure that you first have a folder entailing all the important documents you’ll need (insurance, leases, contract etc). Packing will be nearing its final stage, only the white goods, beds and larger items such as cupboards and wardrobes should remain, waiting to be transferred to the removals van.
As almost all your items are primed for moving, this will make the removal company’s job faster and easier, making your moving day easier. Keep your moving checklist to hand to ensure all important items are packed and ready for transport.
Here’s the 1-week checklist:
- Ensure all important files and documents are ready for transportation
- Ensure almost everything is packed, ready for transportation
- Label boxes accordingly
- Inform the post office of your new address
- Arrange a time to collect keys from your estate agent
Moving house – 1 day before you move
This is the part where you walk around your property to ensure everything is packed, labelled and in boxes ready for transportation. All important documents and keys should be readily at hand and every item should be easily accessible for the removals company (unless stated otherwise).
Here’s the day before checklist:
- Final check of your property
- Pack tools for box opening and any potential lifting and shifting after the move is finished
- Leave your old keys in your house for the new tenants
- Turn off all electrical units and ensure windows are shut before leaving your old house
- Leave contact details for the new tenants
- Keep the contact details for your estate agent, solicitor and removal company
Moving house – Once you’ve moved!
You’ve arrived at your new home! But there’s still work to do…
Once you arrive, you will want to let your removals company know if there are any specific requirements that need to be addressed and which boxes go into which rooms. Check your item inventory, then check it again, it’s important to ensure that every item on your list is accounted for, so that nothing is left behind.
However, before you dig into the unpacking process, remove the kettle and tea set, as this is going to be a long day!
Here’s the moving day checklist:
- Inform your removal company of any important moving instructions
- Check your inventory and journal to ensure everything is accounted for
- Find a safe place for your important documents – don’t lose them!
- Ensure all keys fit all doors around the property
- Inspect the garden for any damages or potential pest infestations
- Check for left items of previous owner(s)
Moving house – after you’ve moved in
You’re in! First things first things first, put the kettle on, you’ve earnt it. Everyone should now be able to breathe a sigh of relief, and the bulk of the items should be unpacked. This includes beds, white goods, furniture and some food.
Don’t try and unpack everything immediately, the important thing at the moment is ensuring you’re comfortable in your new surroundings and the beds are made! Invite some friends round, grab some food, relax before you start unpacking the rest of your belongings. The rest of the unpacking can be done at your own pace, there’s no rush!
Here’s the ‘after you move’ checklist:
- Do a quick clean and tidy (rid spare boxes, dispose of bubble wrap, hoover etc)
- Plug in white goods and any important electrical appliances (phones, TVs, chargers etc)
- Learn how to use your boiler and heating!
- If you have kids, settle them in a room with some games and activities
- Relax! The hard part is over!
That concludes our moving house checklist! Simply Removals are always on-hand to deliver expert moving advice. If you’re looking for a trusted removals company that offers both competitive rates and bespoke packaging options, why not give our team a call today on 020 3613 0935 or use our contact page!
We can all agree that moving houses is one of the most stressful events in life you could have, right? And when you add the worry about the cost of your relocation, the anxiety may gradually start to creep up on you…
So, whether you’re moving to a new place for the first time (and you wave goodbye to your parents’ home), you’re leaving the rental market for good, or your business is expanding and you’re relocating to a new office, there’s always the niggling question of how to move out without spending too much.
At Simply Removals, we have to say that there isn’t a cheapest way to move houses, as circumstances vary from person to person. But you can get an insight on how to save money here and there from our universal budget-moving tips below:
1. Declutter, well in advance
Are you downsizing? Then, sell the bulky settee if you’re going to struggle to find a spot for it in your new home. Or do you really need to take all your old student papers with you now that it’s been 10 years since you left university? Instead, declutter your house so you don’t have to pack and pay for the transportation of junk and items you don’t really want to keep. You can check this post for some useful decluttering tips and tricks.
Make a list of what you’re taking
Writing a list of what you want to take to your new place is a great way to declutter your life mentally before the big day. You’ll be able to clear your thoughts on paper and make it much easier to part with things you no longer need.
Give away stuff you don’t need
Ready with your list? Well done! Now you can go to a charity shop and donate stuff that you don’t feel like throwing away, such as some of your old clothes, books or CDs. Also, surely, your much younger brother would love to have your mountain bike now that you’re driving everywhere.
Do a car boot sale
Furthermore, you will not only save money by getting rid of items that you don’t use anymore but you could also easily fund part of your move by selling some of your stuff. And what better way to this than by venturing to the nearest car boot sale. If it’s your first time, you can get inspiration from these handy tips for newbie-car boot traders.
Take care of cleaning
Without the shadow of a doubt, cleaning any property at the end of lease is what security deposits depend on but if running on a budget, you don’t have to book a top to bottom cleaning service but only a hot water extraction carpet cleaning session. Anyways, rugs and floor covering is where 90% of dirt and allergens accumulate.
2. Pack yourself
Packing yourself will be a breeze once you’ve decluttered your home and are left only with stuff that you can’t go without. It will also save you some cash, of course, if you’re not relying on professional packers to do the job for you. So, we’ve got some tips on how to do the packing yourself and in a stress-free way.
Print out or write removals labels
These will help you or the movers know what goes first in the van, which box need be unpacked in which room at your new destination, or if the items must be handled with extra care. You’ll find it much easier and faster to settle in your new home if you have to “unearth” the contents out of a labeled box rather than if you didn’t have a clue about what’s exactly in it.
Find free moving boxes
If the boxes and packaging materials are not included in your removals service, then, try not to spend on buying something that you’ll only have to discard as soon as you arrive at your new location. Ask your neighbours who have just moved next door before wishing them farewell if you can use their boxes. Also, go to a furniture store, a bookshop and to your local supermarket, where you can fetch different-sized boxes for free.
Get packaging paper for padding
Again, there’s no need to purchase any wrapping paper. Instead, use newspapers, cloths or old towels to fill in gaps and pad out the boxes. This is another sure tip for saving money while moving and is also a definite eco-friendly way of packing your possessions.
Start packing room by room
Running around like a headless chicken while picking garments from a chair and then, doing a dash to your living room to pack some books will get you nowhere. Start packing your belongings one room at a time. This way, you won’t miss to take something you’ve forgotten that you keep in a top kitchen cupboard or at the back of your wardrobe.
Pack a first-night box
This is the one sensible thing people often fail to do in the rush of packing and moving out – to prepare a bag or a box with essentials that they’d need on the first day at their new house. So, think of what you want to have an immediate access to, once you get to your destination, and label the box with ‘First off the van’ or something similar.
Label valuables and fragiles
Write clearly a sign on the box to indicate that it contains breakable items. Also, mark with an arrow which way it should face upwards so that the movers don’t handle the package the wrong way. In addition, take the following advice – consider having anything of value packed professionally to get it instantly insured. Saving a few pennies on the packing may cost you a lot more in the long run. You won’t get reimbursed in anyway if you’ve packed your antique vase yourself and it got damaged during transportation.
3. Shop around for a moving company
Unless you have a decent-sized vehicle to transport all your furniture and belongings, it’s likely that you’ll be looking for a good deal to relocate with the help from a removals company. Do your homework and compare moving services to find the best option for your situation.
Enquire about hidden surcharges
Request detailed information about hidden costs and surcharges. For instance, you can ask if the fuel expenditures are included in the service or if your stuff will travel under full insurance because you’ve booked a packing service, as well.
Combine services to get a discount
Another money-saving removals tip is to combine services to get a good discount. Here’s a plausible scenario – You’re moving out of your rented flat and intend to do the cleaning yourself, and thus, risking the retrieval of your security deposit. Now – to common sense! Why not pay half of what you may end of losing and get professional end-of-lease cleaning assistance with the same removals company at discounted rates?
4. Move on a weekday
To move out on a budget also requires a little out-of-the-box thinking. Couples generally pick a weekend to do the dreaded relocation so that they don’t miss a day’s work, or at the end of the month when their rental agreement expires. Well, why not do the opposite and choose a weekday to move, which is not close to the end of the month? Removal services can be purchased at lower rates when they are booked during these times.
5. Cut off or transfer your utility services in time
Well, we don’t recommend that you live in the dark with a candle weeks before your relocation but you can terminate certain non-transferable utility services, instead of paying unnecessarily for a period when they are not going to be used. Still, most service providers offer the opportunity for the client to move the service to their new address.
Just apply with the company in good time for a service transfer to avoid incurring additional costs.
6. Save money on moving offices
Moving offices is not dissimilar to moving homes. It’s the same process but possibly on a larger scale. However, with the extent of the move grows the cost. So, check out our tips on how to move offices on a budget:
Make a team-building event out of your relocation – encourage staff to help each other pack their office essentials but, of course, after decluttering their desks, first;
Negotiate special rental conditions with your new landlord – you can make arrangements with you new landlord to help towards the fit-out of your new office as part of the rental agreement;
Recycle old furniture against a discount on new or remodelled office pieces – many furniture re-manufacturers will buy off your old furnishings and offer you discounted prices on restored pieces that fit in with your new office needs;
Move outside business hours – hiring a removals truck on a weekend may be slightly more expensive than on a weekday but you’ll lose out more if you put your business on hold for a couple of days during standard business hours.
Combine the removals with a move-out office cleaning service – it’s cheaper to get the office cleaning done as part of your removals service than resorting to professional cleaning help separately.
7. Cheapest way to move out of your parents’ place
And finally, let’s find out how to move out of your dear “old” folks’ home without the financial shock of needing to live on pot noodles for a month, following your relocation. Consider these tricks below to enjoy a painless nest-leaving venture.
Find someone to share a flat with to halve the costs on rent and utilities.
Apply for a few job interviews well before moving day.
- Don’t be picky during your job hunt, waiting for that dream-job offer to come through
- If you desperately want to take your bed with you, ask you dad’s friend with the van to help you move it.
- You may be better off moving light and furnish gradually your new place with pieces from local recycle centres or second-hand shops, instead of paying for a long-distance furniture transportation service.
There, now you have a few tricks up your sleeve on how to move out without spending too much. Please, share this article if you’ve found it helpful.
And if you need more removals advice or assistance, contact Simply Removals anytime.
We at Simply Removals are delighted to say we now accredited by CHAS – the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS).
As CHAS says on their website… “We are dedicated to completing health and safety pre-qualification assessments to a nationally recognised and accepted threshold standard”
Principles and Purpose
Each month thousands of contractors and consultants (suppliers) apply for work with public and private sector organisations (buyers). To win work, they must meet the buyer’s health and safety standards.
Assessing suppliers health and safety competence is usually a lengthy and time consuming process. Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces duplication as suppliers compliance is accepted by all CHAS buyers.
CHAS assesses applicants for:
Health and safety policy statements;
Their organisation for health and safety;
and Their specific health and safety arrangements to a standard acceptable to our buyers and to others.
Please see their website http://www.chas.co.uk/ to read more… and read why you are in safe hands with Simply Removals
MoveScene interviewed our Directors at Simply Removals.
MoveScene discussed the history of our business and why Simply Removals is ahead of the rest when it come to the removals industry:
Simply Remarkable! Click the hyperlink to read the full interview
Well, maybe Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan asked the Cameron’s who moved them into 10 Downing Street… because they called Simply Removals, and we were happy to provide our star service!
Please see below the link to read the Daily Mail article about Mark and Michelle’s move. You will see some photos of our staff moving them into their new Essex home, and hopefully you’ll notice the care and attention we provide for every single move!