Published April 15, 2024

The Ultimate Moving Checklist for UK Renters

Are you planning to move house in the UK as a renter? It can be an exciting, yet sometimes overwhelming, process. Luckily, rentaroof prepared a thorough moving checklist to guide you step by step - ensuring a smooth and efficient relocation process.

Your Essential Guide to Stress-Free Relocation

Step 1: Launch Your Search

1. Set Your Budget

Firstly, decide on your budget. Remember, it’s not just the monthly rent; consider council tax, utilities, and initial move-in costs as well. Rentals in the UK usually require a deposit, often up to five weeks' rent.

2. Begin Property Hunting

Check out rentaroof’s extensive selection of over 85,000 rental properties to find your ideal home. You can refine your search by location, property type, number of bedrooms and budget. Rentaroof scans 3,500 websites and adds over 4,500+ new properties on a daily basis, saving you as much precious time as possible in your search for a new home. Our notification service automatically sends you all new matches within your search criteria, giving you that important edge over fellow property hunters.

3. Arrange Viewings

Once you’ve pinned down a few potential properties, arrange viewings with the estate agent or the landlord. This is crucial to assess the property's condition and the surrounding area. With a rentaroof premium account you can directly message the agent to make a visiting appointment. 

Step 2: Securing Your Property

4. Make an Offer and Manage References

Found your perfect match? Start by contacting the landlord and fill out an application form and provide necessary documents. If it's accepted, prepare for the landlord or agent to check your references. Have your employment details, ID card, bank statements, past rental history, and a personal reference ready.

5. Sign the Tenancy Agreement

Carefully read through the tenancy agreement before you sign. This document outlines essential details such as rent, maintenance responsibilities, and terms of lease.

6. Handle Initial Payments

Pay the deposit and the first month's rent. Always obtain receipts or proof of these transactions.

7. Confirm Your Move-In Date

Lock down your move-in date. Choosing a weekday can often save you money, as removal services tend to be cheaper.

Step 3: Preparing to Move

8. Notify Service Providers

Let service providers know you’re moving—this includes utilities, council tax, broadband, and TV licensing.

9. Book a Removal Company

Secure a removal company. Compare quotes, check their insurance, and set a pick-up time and date. Or just ask your friends and order them some pizza! 

10. Start Packing

Begin by packing items you use less frequently. Labeling boxes will be a lifesaver when unpacking at your new home.

11. Update Your Address

Inform your bank, your employer, your insurance providers, and your GP of your new address.

Step 4: Moving In

12. Conduct a Final Walkthrough

Before you unload, walk through the property. Document any existing damages with the landlord present to avoid disputes later. Also, note and report the utility meter readings.

13. Clean Up

Before unpacking, ensure your new space is clean and inviting. This way you can start fresh in your new place.

Step 5: Settling In

14. Register with Local Services

Get registered with a local GP, sort out your council tax, finalize utility set-ups, and handle your TV license.

15. Explore Your New Area

Familiarize yourself with the local scene—check out shops, parks, transport hubs and more. Find yourself your new favorite hotspot! 

16. Relax and Enjoy

Now that the hard part is over, it’s time to enjoy your new home and make lasting memories.

Moving is definitely intricate, but following a structured checklist can immensely simplify the process. Rentaroof is excited to partake in this journey with you!