So, you’ve cancelled your lease, and the thought of dealing with the move can be stressful for many reasons. It’s a process full of mixed emotions, and moving stress is a typical result of all these emotions colliding.

We may not be healthcare professionals, but we do know a thing or two about moving. Here, the LoadALot team shares its top 7 moving tips for once you’ve cancelled your lease.

1. Examine the property and repair any damage

Inspect the property thoroughly for any damages or changes you made during your stay there. Usually, wear and tear over time isn’t an issue, but removing wall hooks and repairing the holes, repairing a broken window or restoring a wall to its initial paint colour often fall on you. Failing to do these things, could result in your landlord retaining your deposit (or only paying back a share once any repair costs have been deducted).

2. Hire a removal company

While you could attempt to do everything yourself, it creates a lot of added stress and time. With many years of experience in carefully packing, handling and loading both delicate and heavy items, removal companies ensure your belongings arrive safely at your new house.

What’s more, LoadALot offers packing, storage and moving services – LoadALot’s AI enabled technology enables additional efficiency as it allows users to just take photos of the items to be moved and get an instant quotation.

3. Declutter

It’s a good idea to decide what to sell, donate or throw out before your move. It also keeps your house removal costs down. LoadAlot’s strategic partnership with Sweep South makes it even easier, taking the hassle out of cleaning your space. 

4. Pack as early as possible

Once you’ve set your moving date, make a start on packing as soon as you can. Start with rooms and items you use the least. Leave everyday items until the day before the move and keep essentials, such as medication, separately. 

If you’re packing everything yourself, label boxes with the room it’s going to and a summary of what’s in the box. If you don’t favour writing a novella on the boxes, you could consider using coloured labels to help categorise rooms.

Even small road bumps can damage the most tightly packed goods, so it’s always a good idea to use bubble wrap when packing breakable items. Use tape to secure the bubble wrap if necessary. Start with the heaviest items and place lighter items on top. This will ensure your lighter items aren’t crushed by heavier items and will make it easier to lift and move boxes.

5. Pack a survival box

Pack the things you use every day in a separate bag and keep this with you. Think medicine, face cream, toothbrush, a toilet roll, change of clothes and phone chargers.

6. Update your address

It’s a good idea to change your address with companies and organisations two weeks before moving. Here’s a quick check-list:

7. Settle your accounts

Your landlord is legally entitled to use your deposit to pay for any accounts you leave in arrears. That’s why it’s important to make sure that the accounts linked to the property, such as water and electricity, WiFi or TV subscriptions, are in good standing before you leave. 

It’s also worth recording or photographing any electricity or water readings when moving out in case there is a dispute with the new tenants in the future.

So go ahead make that move visit the LoadALot app.