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It’s a fact that moving house is one of the most stressful times for anybody, especially tenants who have to present a house in a satisfactory condition to receive their deposit back. We have come up with some top tips to help minimise the stress and ensure that tenants are in the best position to get their deposit returned in full.

Plan ahead

There is a lot you can do in the weeks prior to move out rather than leaving things until the last minute. This will save you time on the day of move and will give you lots of preparation time to make sure the property is left in a good condition.

- De-clutter. Sell things you don’t need on eBay or do a car boot. For anything not worth anything take it to a local recycling centre. Make sure you don’t leave anything unwanted at the property otherwise you will end up being charged for removal

- Start to collect boxes from friends, family and colleagues so you can start to pack items that you don’t use everyday and make sure you label the boxes. Things like books, DVD’s, things in cupboards and loft spaces are all obvious non-essential items.

- Dig out your inventory and tenancy agreement and make sure you go around the house and identify any changes to the original inventory. Speak to you agent or landlord if necessary to check if you need to do anything.

- Check the tenancy agreement to identify if there are any special clauses you need to adhere to such as professional carpet cleaning or putting any re-decorated walls back to their original colour.-

Book in oven, carpet and general cleaners for the day you move so they don’t get booked up

- Get the bulk of any garden work completed such as tidying up borders and lawn mowing

- Provide your new address to places such as your bank/s, insurance provider, schools, doctors, DVLA and utility companies.

- If satellite TV and broadband is important to you then make sure you call these companies in advance to get them set up at your new address

- Set up mail re-direction to cover any companies you may have forgotten to inform!

- Organise a time to meet your agent or landlord to have over the keys on the last day of your tenancy

On the move day

Make sure you do the following:

- Take meter readings for gas and electric and give them to the utility providers

- Inform the water company and council that you are moving so they can close the account and issue any final bills

- Ensure the property is left in a clean condition and make sure you don’t miss areas such as appliances inside and out, the oven, behind doors and take special care to thoroughly clean the bathroom and kitchen areas.

- Ensure that any gardens are left tidy. Make sure the lawn is mown, borders are weeded and that driveways are weed free.

- Take photos of how you left the property just in case there is a deposit dispute with your landlord.

- Make sure you have all the keys that were provided to you at the start of the tenancy and hand those back to your landlord or agent.

- Put a request in to your landlord or agent for the deposit to be returned. It would be useful at this time to request the deposit holder scheme details if you have forgotten them. They will have 10 days to notify you of any proposed deductions.

Ultimately, the more preparation you do prior to move out day the less stressful it is likely to be and the more likely you are to receive your deposit back in full. If you need any help finding cleaning or gardening contractors then please contact us on 0121 445 7410 or and we will be more than happy to help.

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