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They say that moving to a new house is one of the most stressful times of any person’s life, but if the contract on your rented home is nearly up, burying your head in the sand will only make things more difficult. Rather than putting off that list of all-important jobs, which you’ve probably written but then never looked at again, it’s time to face reality and start preparing - it’ll save you time and energy further down the line.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of top tips to ensure you don’t forget anything when moving out of your rented property.

Make a plan

OK, so this might not be the most fun thing on the list, but the key to success really is in the planning whenever you’re moving to a new house. If you remember something, note it down and keep all your notes together in one place. Information such as your official moving date, the items you’re planning on throwing away or giving to loved ones, any repairs that need to be made, and things like this can be easily forgotten - and writing it down prevents further issues.

We’d recommend buying a notepad or folder dedicated to the move and keeping it close to you at all times. This way, you’ll know to refer to it if there is something you’ve forgotten.

Check what’s yours

One of the best parts about renting a property means that very often, you’ll have all the necessary items already, and can add to those with your own personal touches throughout your tenancy. The not-so-fun part comes when it’s time to move out, and you can’t remember what belongs to you, and what should be left.

All furnished rental properties should come with an inventory, which explains what was already there when you moved in. But if you don’t have one, things could get tricky - either speak to your landlord or refer back to old bank statements to see what you’ve purchased.

It’s time to be cutthroat

One of the great things about moving to a new house is finding items that have been hidden away for months (sometimes years) and then getting the chance to give (or throw) it away. This applies to more than just clothes, you should also take this approach with furniture and kitchen supplies too.

If there’s anything you find that you could get money for, then it’s a good idea to sell it on eBay or Depop. Failing that, give it to a friend or a charity.

If you’re on a roll, stick to it

So, you’ve set aside a couple of hours on a Sunday to work your way through your moving list, but if you’re being extra productive, why not carry on? Procrastinating will only make the entire move more difficult, so if you find yourself feeling motivated, make the most of it.

This could be anything from setting up the internet in your new property, or cancelling your utility bills in your current home. Also, think about things such as setting up mail forwarding after you move out. Whichever way you look at it, there is so much more to think about than moving furniture, so it’s best to get all this done as quickly as possible.

Label those boxes

If you know where you are moving to at this point, it’s best to make a plan of where you’re going to put your things as soon as you arrive. Label your boxes with details of which room they’re going to be placed and you’ll thank your future self when you get there.

Nominate a moving buddy

If you live alone, moving can seem like an even more daunting prospect. For this reason, you need to enlist a friend or relative to help you - both with the move itself and in the planning stages. Having someone around to help you through this important process should help you feel more motivated, and they can step in and stop you from being too sentimental if you’re tempted to hold on to something you never actually use.

Don’t do things by halves

If you don’t have too many belongings, you might feel tempted to shove them into your boot and move to the next property - but doing that is bound to make you feel ill prepared, disorganised and stressed when it comes to unpacking. What’s more, failing to pack things properly could result in breakages, which could prove expensive. Cardboard boxes are not difficult to come by, so do the sensible thing and get some ahead of your move.

Don’t fall out with your landlord

This might be a bit tricky for some tenants, but make sure you don’t do anything to anger your landlord before moving out - particularly if you’re expecting a deposit back. Unfortunately, this means carrying out a deep clean on the property, ensuring there are no breakages and repairing anything that should be there.

Overall, moving seems like such a big task because it is one, but avoiding doing those all-important tasks will only make the whole process seem bigger than it is. Being organised, creating a plan and getting stuck in are the key things to do - and just think, when you get to your new place, you can experiment with new styles and interiors.