4. Create a housemate cleaning schedule
End of tenancy cleaning is much more than just running the vacuum cleaner around. If you want your full deposit back you’ll need to do everything from cleaning the oven and defrosting the freezer to dusting the skirting boards and making sure drains are hair-free and sparkling clean (gross). Landlords and agents are sticklers for cleanliness at the end of the tenancy, so it’s important to take the cleaning seriously – and the best way to do that is to evenly assign different chores to all your household members to ensure that everything gets done just in time for the end of tenancy inspection. Bear in mind that people might be moving out at slightly different times and that simply living in a space can create more dirt, so schedule the tasks accordingly. It’s also worth going back over your contract to make sure you’re not required to get a professional end of tenancy clean, and booking in advance if that is a requirement.
5. Get boxes for free from local shops
If you’ll be moving yourself and need packaging, there’s often no need to buy proper moving boxes. It’s easy to nip to your local corner shop or supermarket and ask if they have any large boxes in the back that you would be able to take for moving. They’ll usually be more than happy to give them to you free of charge! It’s also worth asking on the Facebook groups listed above if anyone has any spare. Often people do and will be glad to pass them on to free up some space. Either way, that’s a few quid saved.
6. Make a list of last-minute essentials
Just like going on holiday, there are some bits and pieces that just can’t be packed until the last possible minute. As part of your packing plan, make a list of those things like your phone charger, toothbrush, any medicines and toiletries, an outfit, a set of cutlery and so on that you will need up until the last moment, then keep a bag separate that you can chuck them all into at the end. Same goes for bedding and towels – don’t use up all your bags forgetting that you’ll need to wedge a duvet in somewhere. I’m speaking from experience here…
Equally, if you’ll be moving to a new rental and you’ll need certain documents like ID or proof of employment to seal the deal, make sure you have those to hand.
7. Update your details and do your admin
An important but often overlooked part of moving out is updating your contact details for important things like your bank accounts, as well as more fun stuff like subscriptions. There’s also the option to redirect your mail, but it’s cheaper to just manually update your details. If you’ve got your own contents insurance policy for your belongings, make sure to cancel it as you move out so that you don’t get automatically charged for another year. You should get a letter from your provider when it’s time to renew it, so to avoid a surprise payment it’s important to update your address with your insurance provider.
8. Check the inventory
You may have been provided with an inventory when you moved in, in which case it’s important to check through it and ensure everything is still there. If you find you’ve smashed a plate or two that were included in the inventory, try to replace them like for like in an effort to protect your deposit. If you do have trouble with getting your deposit back and you think it’s unfair, Help & Support are on hand to provide advice. Here’s an article on what your landlord is allowed to deduct from your deposit for – but remember that fair wear and tear can’t be charged for.
9. Ask for a reference
This one’s particularly important if you’ll be graduating soon and looking to rent privately in Leeds or elsewhere. Lots of landlords and agents require references to ensure you will be a good, reliable tenant for them. With this in mind, if you’ve paid your rent on time and kept the property in good condition, it’s worth asking your landlord if they’ll be happy to provide a reference in future and noting down their contact details. It might make life that much easier for future you.
10. Then let your hair down and enjoy your last days in Leeds
We’ve taken you through all the practical steps you need to think about when moving out this summer, but it’s important to make the most of your last weeks in Leeds, too. There are plenty of options to help you celebrate the summer here at LUU, including Leeds Ball, the ultimate way to celebrate the end of the academic year.
Leeds Ball takes place on Saturday 4 June, and is set to include live music, DJs, a roller disco, silent disco, fairground rides, drag show, retro games and casino and much more, all as part of a massive on-campus festival. Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out on your chance to say bye to Leeds in style.