4 things to do before moving out for Summer!
So you’ve started getting excited for summer and are planning your trips, mini-breaks and sunbathing opportunities.
Not to burst your bubble, but here are a few friendly reminders to remember the more boring parts of preparing for summer:
1. What to do with your stuff
Before you get caught up in the end-of-year celebrations, remember to plan exactly what you’ll do with your possessions. Make sure you check and double check with reception you’re moving out date and ask about the options for storing your belongings. Even if you are staying in the same residence, your room may be let out over the summer so just leaving your things there and hoping for the best isn’t going to cut it.
If you’re completely moving out make sure you’ve hired your removal men, or more likely your mum and dad, and planned it way in advance. It’s usually better to move out a day or two before the official date to beat the mad dash and secure a parking space for loading up.
2. Don’t forget about your deposit
When you moved in you would have been asked to make a note of any damages or scuffs around the room so you won’t be charged. If a few things have gone awry since you’ve moved in, make sure you flag them up well in advance so they can be repaired before room checks and deposits are returned.
3. Leave it how you found it
Speaking of cleaning, the odd dust mite won’t affect your deposit but if it needs professional cleaning that could. Try tackling as much of the mess as possible yourself or check with reception if your residence has a professional cleaning service. Professional cleaners could end up being cheaper than hoping for the best and risking your deposit, depending on how bad it is. If everyone in your corridor chips in and leaves it sparkling new, it will save you all time and stress when moving out.
4. Do a big sort out
You’ll be amazed at the amount of stuff you’ve somehow accumulated since moving in. Rather than shoving it all in the car and praying that the boot will close, do a big clear out. Offer all your unloved clothes to your roommates for brownie points or to do a swap, and take the rest to your nearest charity shop. Also remember that bin bags will become your best friend so don’t scrimp and buy the cheapest ones because they will break as you lug them down the corridor and you’ll have to start again.
And once those boring bits are out of the way you can make your last few days of uni life hassle-free without leaving you to pay annoying fines or having to take a train home with two suitcases because they wouldn’t fit in the car (just me?)
Elinore Court lives at Liberty House in our Student Accommodation London, she is studying a masters degree in Magazine Journalism at City University.