Clearing a Rental Flat
Posted on 21 September 2016
If you’ve been living in a rental and the time has come for your lease to end, then there is likely to be some serious clearance to be done! As with living anywhere, rental flats tend to end up with a build-up of clutter and junk. It’s rather incredible how much one can acquire in a year and then be left with the question of what to do with everything. Property clearance may not be everyone’s favourite task and it may seem like quite a burdensome effort at first. But it is a necessary step when packing your life into boxes and moving to a new property. Flat clearance is also vital to ensure that you get your full security deposit bond returned upon leaving.
When it comes to domestic clearance, here are some handy tips to consider which will make the process easier for all involved:
- Be organised and prepared and have a clear idea of what needs to be done. Work room by room and make an inventory as you go. Create a system whereby you have a pile or box or bag of things to keep, things to donate, and things to throw out.
- Have a schedule and work to this to ensure you have everything completed before your lease is up. The last thing you want it to spend the last weekend in your rental running around like a headless chicken trying to get everything done. This can be prevented by starting early and staying on top of that all-important schedule.
- Have plenty of energy for the days spent clearing by staying hydrated and having some high energy snacks such as fruit and nuts readily available to keep your enthusiasm levels up.
- Look after your health and keep in mind that some areas may have a high dust or dirt build-up. It is recommended to wear a face mask when clearing such areas. Also ensure that you use correct lifting and shifting techniques. Having proper posture can prevent back and shoulder injuries from occurring when moving heavy items such as furniture.
- Think carefully about what you are going to do with unwanted items when clearing out the flat. With rentals, often furniture belongs to the property. But for other things that you have acquired and do not want to take with you to the next place, think about how you are going to deal with the challenge of junk removal. Donating such items to charity, if they are in good condition, is a recommended suggestion. Some items may have re-sell value and can be advertised on websites such as eBay or other classified websites. Other things may just need to be thrown out.
It is also worth keeping in mind that there are many house clearance professional services available to assist you during flat clearance. These services can include removal vans, help shifting furniture outside, and environmentally friendly waste disposal services for correct rubbish removal rather than being tempted to dump unwanted items on the side of a street.
When hiring any clearance service, it is important that you have the things you want remove clearly labelled and left out in an easy to reach location. Ensure you have a clear estimate of how much you need removed. This way you can get a reasonable quote before hiring the service and have a clear outline of how much you will need to spend on this service. Such services will make the process of flat clearance at the end of a rental much easier.