6 Move-In Tips for Tenants: Ensuring a Smooth Transition into New Rentals

Moving into a new rental can be a stressful process. As well as all the financial considerations and paperwork, there is the challenge of moving furniture, ensuring utilities are set up correctly, arranging a broadband and/or phone supply, and arranging your possessions in your new home. 

Planning everything can save you major headaches on moving day. In this guide, we’ve outlined the challenges and offered 6 move-in tips to make your transition as smooth and painless as possible.

Common challenges tenants face while moving in

First, let’s begin by outlining the challenges tenants often face during their move. Then, once we’ve outlined the headaches, we’ll ease your worried minds with six solutions!

Outstanding documentation

Before you commit to hiring movers and calling utility providers, check that your new landlord is happy with all the paperwork you’ve provided and that nothing is outstanding. 

This could include your passport and social security details, a signed lease or agreement, proof of employment, proof of income, and references from previous landlords.

The last thing you want on moving day is to be fielding calls from a landlord who hasn’t received a reference, or discovers you’ve forgotten to initial each page of the lease.

Leases and rental agreements

No matter how lengthy or tedious your rental contract is, you must read it thoroughly

You need to know, for instance, whether your landlord is responsible for the upkeep of refrigerators, washing machines or other facilities. Are you required to keep communal areas clean and tidy? Is there a restriction on pets or smoking?

Ensure you’ve ironed out all these questions before signing your lease or rental agreement.

Moving firms

Make sure you’ve hired a reputable moving firm (check ratings on Trustpilot or other customer review sites) and you’ve agreed to your part in the process. Will they wrap and box items, or is that your responsibility? What insurance do they hold for breakages or losses? What guarantees are you given?

It’s always a good idea to stock up on extra bubble wrap, tape, and boxes, just in case your mover doesn’t have sufficient.

Parking for your move day

Have you secured a parking bay for your removal truck when it arrives? 

It sounds like an obvious thought, but it’s remarkable how quickly vacant spaces fill up just when you need them. Check local parking restrictions since your mover won’t be happy if they are ticketed.

6 Move-In Tips for a Trouble-Free Transition into Your New Rental

Now that we’ve considered the main pre-move challenges, let’s look at some tips to help your relocation succeed as planned. Here are 6 move-in tips for your new rental!

Conduct an inventory check 

Whether your new rental property is furnished or unfurnished, you should do an inventory check. Do this before your movers arrive, to ensure your tally matches your landlord’s understanding.

Remember to note down any imperfections – cracks, stains, discoloration, missing items, and furniture or goods left by the previous tenant. Take photos to back up anything that could later result in a dispute.

Pre-wrap all breakables

Don’t rely on your movers, no matter how expert, to pristinely wrap your exquisite crystalware or ceramics. You should do this yourself, using lots of paper and bubble wrap. Make sure you label each box “FRAGILE: HANDLE WITH CARE” and “THIS WAY UP” where necessary.

Wrapping some bubble wrap around the corners of large furniture items will protect both them and your new walls. 

Label boxes with room and contents

Be organized when you pack your belongings. You’ll save a lot of time when arranging your new home if you label each box with a summary of its contents and the room it is intended for. Your movers can then put all the kitchen items together, and leave your clothing in the bedroom, et cetera.

Doing this will prevent you from scouring multiple boxes for that all-important coffee pot on your first morning in your new home!

Call all utility providers

The previous tenant should have notified all their utility providers to specify their moving date. However, don’t take this for granted. If you’re tied into using the same provider, this is especially vital.

Even if you’re setting everything up from scratch, it’s worth looking at any savings you might make by switching providers for gas, electricity, water and sewage, broadband, landlines, and any other services you need. If you have metered power, you should provide a current reading to set the baseline.

Broadband, cable services, and landlines can take some time to set up. If you’re able to do this in advance of your moving day, so much the better.

Get extra keys cut

When you’re distracted by a lengthy to-do list, it’s all too easy to forget your keys and lock yourself out. 

If your landlord allows it, get a spare set of keys cut and leave them with a trusted friend or neighbor. This will prevent potentially embarrassing late-night calls to your landlord or the need to hire an emergency locksmith.

Check fire alarms and CO sensors

This tip could be lifesaving! 

Do ensure your new home is compliant with all safety legislation. Smoke and carbon monoxide sensors are mandatory – check their batteries and replace them if necessary.

Check any gas appliances and boilers have the requisite documentation and safety certification. Your landlord will arrange regular inspections and should provide copies from the most recent visit.

Also, check your stove is working, and your water heater is set to under 120°F to prevent scalding. Make sure any HVAC systems are set for the appropriate season.

Here’s a useful breakdown of how to carry out a full safety inspection and what to expect.

Conclusion

Moving can indeed be a stressful experience and it may feel like you have a thousand tasks to achieve in a single day. However, by planning everything in advance, and checking off your to-do list, you can ensure you’ve covered all bases.

Remember it’s an exciting time too—enjoy your new home and neighborhood!

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