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Advice for those moving between rental homes

October 31, 2013Tags: Moving tips | renting | lettings

Rental contract coming to an end?  With the big move around the corner are you completely aware of what you have to do as a tenant leaving rental accommodation?   

Moving properties is always a stressful time and there are many things you have to remember for it.  With research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) suggesting that tenants are staying in properties for longer than ever before it is vital that tenants know what to do when that time to move on arrives.  Laura Wear, Area Lettings Manager at Your Move Chris Stonock shares some tips...

1. Check your contract…

Tenants should always check their contract before they leave property.  Quite often contracts include requirements for moving out, for example, the carpets need to be deep cleaned or the picture hooks must be removed and filled in.  If so, ensure these are sorted before moving day.

2. Use a Letting Agent linked to a professional organisation…

There is a lot to think about when renting a home so it’s important to ensure you are receiving the best advice possible.  Make sure your Letting Agent is linked to a professional organisation like ARLA or the Property Ombudsment.  This ensures that agents have the knowledge and experience to guide you through your property transaction as smoothly and painlessly as possible. 

3. Planning is essential…

If you plan prior to your move then it can decrease the chance of any last minute problems that could cause delay.  For example, a tip from Rightmovesuggests to 'allow lots of time to clear everything out, any large bulky items need to be disposed of and some councils may need up to a month's notice'.

4. Tidy up and take lots of photos…

Once all of your belongings are removed from the property and you have made sure the property is clean and tidy, take photographic proof of how you have left the property.  If the deposit is not returned or if you feel deductions are unfair, the pictures could be useful evidence later.

If you’re thinking of movingYour Move  have lots of properties for sale and to let on offer. Contact yourlocal branchfor more details.