As the academic year draws to a close, the time comes for many students to bid farewell to their student accommodation here in Leeds. Moving out can be both exciting and overwhelming, but with the right approach, you can make the process smooth and hassle-free. In this blog, we will explore the essential do's and don'ts of moving out of student accommodation, helping you transition to the next chapter of your life with ease.
Moving out requires careful planning. Start early and create a checklist of tasks you need to complete before leaving. This includes notifying Parklane Properties of your move out date, arranging transport, organising packing materials, and informing your utility companies of your move (if you’re all-inclusive with us- we’ve got that bit covered).
Before you start packing, take the opportunity to declutter your belongings. Sort through your items and decide what you truly need, what can be donated, and what should be thrown away. This will not only lighten your load but also make unpacking at your new place much easier. Here’s a great article which points you in the right direction in terms of donating in Leeds- https://www.zerowasteleeds.org.uk/tips/what-can-i-do-with-clothes-i-no-longer-want/
When packing, be organised and label your boxes clearly. Pack heavier items at the bottom and fragile ones on top, using appropriate padding and bubble wrap for protection. Consider creating an inventory list to keep track of your belongings and ensure nothing gets lost in transit.
Notify Service Providers:
Remember to inform utility companies, such as electricity, water, and internet providers, about your moving date to avoid unnecessary charges. Settle any outstanding bills and schedule disconnections or transfers accordingly. This will help streamline the process and prevent any potential issues. You may also want to send in evidence of this to us!
Leaving your student accommodation in a clean and tidy state is not only considerate but also ensures you have a good chance of receiving your deposit back. Clean each room meticulously, paying attention to common areas, appliances, and fixtures. Don't forget to vacuum, dust, and mop the floors before saying your final goodbye.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when moving out is leaving everything until the last minute. Procrastination only adds unnecessary stress and increases the likelihood of forgetting crucial tasks. Start early, tackle one task at a time, and stay on top of your moving schedule.
Leave Damages Unattended:
Accidents happen, and minor damages are not uncommon during your stay in student accommodation. However, neglecting to report or repair damages can result in deductions from your deposit. Document any existing damages upon moving in and promptly report any new ones to us before you move out so we can get these fixed.
Forget About Redirecting Mail:
Ensure you arrange mail redirection with your local postal service or update your address with relevant organisations, friends, and family. This will prevent important mail from getting lost or falling into the wrong hands, guaranteeing a seamless transition to your new address!
Overlook Proper Waste Disposal:
Dispose of your waste responsibly. Don't leave unwanted items or rubbish behind in your accommodation or communal areas as you WILL be charged for the removal. Familiarise yourself with local recycling and waste disposal guidelines and make use of designated bins or recycling points. Keep in mind that leaving a mess behind reflects poorly on your character and may impact future references. Here is a useful link all about waste disposal in Leeds- https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/recycling-sites
Leave Personal Information Behind:
Before vacating your student accommodation, ensure you take all your personal belongings and important documents with you. Double-check drawers, closets, and any hiding spots where you might have stashed valuable items. Safeguarding your personal information is crucial, so remember to shred or securely dispose of any sensitive documents you no longer need.
Moving out of student accommodation is a significant milestone, marking the end of a chapter and the beginning of new adventures. By following these do's and don'ts, you can make the transition smoother and reduce stress. Remember, we’re only a phone call away, so if you have any questions regarding the move out process, or just want some additional cleaning tips, give us a call on 0113 230 4949 or email your Property Manager.