Moving into a new place is always exciting, but even after you have moved everything in, there are some important things you should remember.
This list will help you with what to do in the first few weeks.
Take photos of everything! This includes all imperfections on ceilings, walls, floors, doors, furniture and all items (including the mattress) supplied by the landlord. This is just in case there happens to be a dispute about damage when you move out or during inspections.
Check everything on
Once you take the keys, you will have a limited amount of time (check how long exactly with your landlord/letting agent) to be able to check and make amendments to the inventory list. This is the list of everything that is provided to you so make sure that it is correct and any imperfections/broken equipment is noted down. It’s always best to make the landlord aware of any differences in the inventory so maybe pop it in an email too.
Don’t forget to check that the property has working smoke alarms and a current gas certificate.
Arrange bills and suppliers
The first thing to do is sort out your utilities. This will include your electricity and/or gas, water, internet and TV license. Locate your meter and take a reading, note it down as soon as you can. Then call each utility supplier to arrange for your account to be set up. They will ask you to provide the meter reading to make sure you are not over paying. If you’re not planning on watching live TV, you still have to notify the TV licence company.
Full time students are exempt from paying council tax. You don’t need to do anything as the University will make the council aware.
Register to vote
For voter registration online, you just need your National Insurance number. It is important to update your address as soon as you move so you don’t forget when the deadline comes for the next election or referendum.
Change your address
Create a list of all the accounts you have made that use your home or previous address. If you’re unsure, it’s useful to think of all the accounts that charge you for a service, in order to bill you they need the address linked to your bank account. This can include streaming services, subscription boxes, takeaway services and online shopping.
Check your deposit records
Your landlord is legally required to put your deposit into a government backed deposit protection scheme. This is usually the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme [link to scheme]. You should always receive a confirmation of this, typically via email, so make sure you keep that email safe, as you'll need it when you come to move out.