It’s that time of year again, when you will be preparing to move into your new student house in September. While we understand the first thing you want to do is get a pizza and relax after all the unpacking, there are some important admin tasks to get through so you can start enjoying your new house. Here we have 9 tasks that you will need to do as soon as you move in, and hopefully with our help, you can get them done as quickly as possible.
- Take inventory
You will probably receive an inventory at the beginning of your tenancy, which records the condition of the property and what comes with the property, such as furniture and appliances. We suggest that you go around the house and take stock of what’s in the property and how it is working, noting down any damage you see. Take photos and date them so that you have proof, so you shouldnt have any problems getting your full deposit back at the end of the year.
- Check the Gas Certificate
Landlords are legally required to have a Gas Safety Certificate (CP12) for all the gas appliances in a property, and it should be renewed every 12 months.
As an agency we will usually send it to you, but if you haven’t seen it, ask to see it so that you can be assured that all gas appliances are safe and have been carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
- Sort out your utilities
It might not be the most exciting task in the world, but taking gas and electricity meters readings and then shopping around for cheaper energy deals as soon as possible will mean you have one less thing to worry about and can get the best deal possible.
- Do a safety check
As students you will have lots of valuable technologies you are keeping in the new home, so it’s really important to make sure that all the locks work on doors and that windows close securely. If you have any concerns, raise it with your agent or landlord first.
- Check smoke alarms
This will have been done before you move in, but just so you can be sure, we recommend testing that all smoke alarms are working when you first move in so that you can promptly inform the agent. It’s the landlord’s responsibility to make sure there’s at least one smoke alarm installed on every floor of the home and a carbon monoxide detector in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance.
- Sort out broadband
As there are sometimes waiting periods of several weeks for new broadband line installations, if broadband isn’t part of your rent price, this will be something you’ll want to sort out as soon as possible so that you can get access to wifi for your university work.
- Assess your budget
If you are moving into student accommodation from Halls, this will be the first time you have had to consider rent and bills. It is worth sitting down with your housemates to sort out all expenses and divide them equally and work out how much left you have to live on to spend on the fun stuff!
Moving into a new student home is a really exciting time, and while doing admin jobs won’t be the first thing you think of doing, if you can get them out the way quickly, you will be grateful when you can sit back and relax.