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Moving into a student house

April 2, 2012

As the end of the semester approaches, many students will be moving from halls into a shared house. This usually happens on July 1st and there are a few things to remember before you move.

  1. If you have a lot of things to move from halls to a house make sure you have somebody with a car to help you, some students even prefer to hire a small van, especially if you have pieces of furniture.
  2. Be aware of timings i.e. what time does your halls want you out by and what time can your landlord give you your keys? This all usually happens in the morning so if you are having a big last night out the day before, it may be a good idea to pack everything up before this so you don’t have to do it in the morning!
  3. Ensure that before your contract start date, the inventory has been done with your landlord. If it’s left until after the landlord may claim that you are responsible for any damages.
  4. Make sure you and your house mates know which rooms you are moving into as aside from causing any conflict, this makes it much quicker and easy when transferring your things.
  5. Some landlords ask for the rent to be paid from a shared or house account, so ensure that this has been set up in advance, you may all need to visit the bank together for this. Even if you do not need it for the rent, it can be a good idea to set up this account for paying the bills, to avoid one person having to pay the whole lot and then track down payments from everyone else. It also makes everybody responsible so it doesn’t get left whilst people wait for somebody else to sort it out.
  6. Depending on room sizes/quality, you may have decided that splitting the rent equally is unfair. Be aware of the payments you have all decided on and perhaps put this in writing to save on dispute and to set up a direct debit to your landlord/shared account to ensure you do not forget. It may be a good idea to set this direct debit up for a few days before your rent is due in case there are any problems.
  7. You may all have a lot of kitchen utensils between you, especially if you were in self catered halls. Either decide what you need before you move your things or sort everything out when unpacking as you may need to get rid of some of it. You can either sell these or give these to friends or take them home/to a charity shop. This particularly applies to electronics such as toasters/kettles and if you don’t have any at all you need to sort out buying them. Remember, all electronics can be recycled if you want to dispose of them.
  8. As we recommended in “SSAS tips for looking for a house”, ensure that you are fully aware of what comes in the house and what doesn’t so you can buy anything you need, especially if you are living there from the start of your contract/through the summer. For things like TVs, it might be a good idea if one person wanted to buy it and then keep it after, to save trying to sell it when you leave to each get some money back.
  9. Sort out whether anybody will be in the house over the summer as landlords usually like to know if the house will be empty for a period of longer than a couple of weeks so they can check on it.
  10. If you aren’t staying in the house over summer, do not leave anything valuable in it. it is also a good idea to sort out insurance before you move.
  11. Check who your bills are with and have a look around to see if you can get them any cheaper. Also make sure they know that there are new tenants and take meter readings when you move in just in case, this stops you being charged for the old tenants gas/electric.
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