Rented Accomodation: Essential Tips You Need To Consider Before Moving Out16:23
Renting can be a tricky business. It’s generally cheaper and more flexible than a mortgage, but you’ll have to tread more carefully. After all, it’s not your property. You’ll be answering to your landlord, and it’s he who has the final say in most property decisions.
When you first move in, you’ll hand over a deposit, and you’ll get it back at the end of the tenancy. This deposit is usually a month's rent plus £100. So, if you want to get it back in full, here are some essential tips for you to consider before you move out.
Paint the walls (again)
You’ve moved into your flat, and the walls are an awful turquoise-blue colour. That’s not appealing in the slightest, and you decide to change them to a nice, simple cream colour. However, before you move out, they’ll need to return to that original state. The one major rule of renting is to leave everything as you found it, and that includes paint jobs.
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Clean, clean and clean some more
Again, that one golden rule of renting also applies here, in spades. No bottle caps, wrappers or fruit skins lying about, and no mess. Not enough people are thorough with their end of tenancy cleaning, but you absolutely should be. If you want to ensure you get every penny of that deposit back, make sure the place is spotless.
Collect everyone’s keys
Empty the fridge, freezer and cupboards
The smell of old food is often ghastly, so imagine if that smell was your fault. Whether it’s a block of cheese or some old yoghurt, get rid of your food when you move out! If you aren’t eating it, throw it. Empty out your fridge, freezer, cupboards, anywhere that stores food. Your landlord won’t be pleased if the fridge is stocked when you leave.
As an extension, you should also be clearing out anything that wasn’t there when you moved in. Clothes, books, Blu-Ray’s, the list goes on.
Above all, keep your landlord happy. You deserve that deposit back, but if you don’t play by the rules, you won’t be eligible for it. So get cleaning, scrubbing and tidying, because that money is waiting!