There may be a lot to think about when moving houses. Below is a checklist of what in most cases is your responsibility, or at least in your interest to fix before moving into your new home.
1. Sign home insurance
It is important that the person living in the apartment has a valid home insurance. As a tenant you should therefore sign up for a home insurance at your new address. Regardless of whether the landlord has one or not. If your are subleasing the apartment furnished you should also have the supplementary insurances. The risk could be that the landlord's home insurance does not cover you, your possessions or damages which you are considered to be responsible for, which in the end may be very expensive. Therefore, be sure to have a valid home insurance!
2. Keep your things you do not get into your new home
Even if you sublet unfurnished, you may feel the need to store some belongings that may not fit in the new home or for other reasons that you may not needed at the moment. If you don't have access to a storage unit in the new house, it may be good to store it elsewhere. There are a whole lot of different options on the market when it comes to storage so if you need help finding the right one, just contact us in the chat support and we'll help you!
3. Establish an inspection protocol when moving in
It is important to make sure that you and the landlord agree on how the home looked like and what was in it on the day you moved in. If this is not documented and witnessed by both parties, an unnecessary dispute is at risk when it's time for move out. Although the burden of proof lies with the landlord, it is always helpful if the tenant has proof of the state of the home when moving in, in case of a deposit dispute or claim. Here you will find more information about how to write an inventory list and inspection protocol.
4. Change of address, public register or forward mail
It can be difficult to know how to go about adress changes when moving houses. It's also important to find out what suits you and the landlord best. If you are wondering what's right for you? Then read this article
5. Write a list of questions to the landlord
There are many things that may not come naturally for the landlord to tell when you move in. Simply because they don't think of it as important information. Therefor, it may be helpful to prepare a list of questions to the landlord that you can review at the key exchange. There may be issues that concern things about the home, surrounding areas or neighbors. Examples of questions to ask:
Where can you find the fusebox?
Informal rules in the laundry room?
Any neighbor who usually complains if you are loud?
Nearest / Best Food Store?
Any handy neighbor who you can contact if something happens?
Contact details of a housing association memeber / landlord if any accident occurred?