With my second academic year of university having drawn to a close – and my social one not far behind – my housemates and I have started to think about packing up all our stuff and moving back home for the summer. We’re moving back into the same house at the end of September, but there are a certain few tasks which we’ve been getting on with, to ensure that the house is in mint condition for our return!
This is something that I feel might get overlooked, in the rush of excitement at the end of term. So, I decided to create a list for those of you who might be leaving your private accommodation for the Summer, or those who are moving into their own rented place next year! These are my five top tips (and one bonus one!) for the preparation you should make, before moving out for the summer!
1.Make sure the house is clean!
Whether you’re coming back to the house or not, it’s really important to make sure that the place is well-kept and tidy, when you move out. If you’re not coming back to the house, and the place is dirty and messy, your estate agents might charge you for the cost of a cleaner tidying it, and that’s not a surprise you want to get during the summer. But, even if you’re moving back in September, the dust is undoubtedly going to build up during that the time you’re gone – you don’t want to come back to a giant dust-bunny! (Or worse, depending on how you’ve left it!)
2. Make sure all entrances and windows are locked!
This one is extremely important, but even more so personally, if you’re moving back in September. You don’t want the house to be broken into, damaged, or burgled while it is vacant. Remember to check every single window, to make sure that they’re shut and locked. Also remember to do this for any back doors or cellars, and especially the front door! And remember to keep track of your keys, either holding onto them, or handing them back to the estate agent!
3. Make sure any fresh, chilled food has been thrown away!
Fridges and cupboards are ripe for germs growing on gone-off food: not only is this extremely disgusting to come back to, but it can contaminate any other food, and even the fridge itself, if mould spreads far enough. It can also create a horrific smell which will protrude in the house for a while. Make sure to throw away anything fresh (fruit, cheese, meat, eggs, bread); keep anything freezable in the freezer (pizza, peas, garlic bread); and chuck away anything that isn’t sealed in the cupboards (bread; pasta; rice)!
4. Make sure you’ve packed everything you want to take!
The last thing you want to do is travel all the way back home and realise that you’ve left something important behind. You might want to leave some stuff behind, if you’re returning, such as cutlery, or ornaments, or ironing boards. But it’s important to keep track of everything else, to ensure that you don’t leave something that you later want. Go through every single aspect of the rooms which you occupy – the kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom – and check that you haven’t left anything there. Open every single drawer, cupboard, cabinet, just to check that something hasn’t accidentally ended up in there, without you knowing!
5. Make sure there aren’t any festering plates in your room!
This links closely to my point about throwing away fresh food, but it’s equally as important. In three months time, you don’t want to return and find that the curry-covered plate in your room has developed its own species of life. This is unhygienic, problematic, and guaranteed to make your room smell. As boring as it is, do all of your washing up before you leave your place, either taking it home afterwards or putting it away neatly in your cupboard!
(BONUS) 6. If you’re leaving Halls of Residence, make sure you’ve returned your keys!
Living in John Foster Halls, one of the things that I was required to do, before moving out, was to return my keys to the reception desk close to Kilby. This is something which can easily be forgotten, but it does incur a charge, if you don’t return them, so make sure that you do! Lock your room, making sure that all of the windows are closed and your objects removed, and hand them in at the desk!
I hope that you’ve found this list helpful and enlightening, for moving out of accommodation for the summer! If there are any steps which I’ve missed, or any questions about them, feel free to comment below!