Moving out? Everything you need to know about packing up

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If it’s time to pack up and leave Manchester once your dissertation or project has (finally) been handed in then here’s a few handy tips for moving out.

Getting your deposit back

Make sure you leave everything in tip top condition so that you get your deposit back:

  • Take meter readings again and let the suppliers know that it’s the last day of your tenancy.
  • Check your inventory and take any necessary photos.
  • Remember, it’s up to you to replace light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.
  • Clean and tidy the property or you may be billed for the cleaning
  • Check out Manchester Student Homes guide to getting your deposit back and remember you can contact them if you need any help and advice about your end of tenancy arrangements and how getting your deposit back should work.

Tell everyone you’re moving

We don’t mean everyone, but there are lots of people you need to tell before you move on. You will need to contact all of your utility suppliers, bank, doctors etc. to let them know you are moving, use this who-to-inform checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered.

Get organised

Have you arranged for anyone to help you move? If you’ve got lots of stuff, try and get together with housemates to help one another move items. 

You also need to think ahead to exactly when you’re going to leave. Think about how much food and other groceries you’ll need between now and then, and shop lightly to avoid waste.

And remember… Give it Don’t Bin it!

It’s likely you’ll have collected things in the past year (or three or four  – depending how long you’ve been here!) that you just don’t need anymore.  Many charities are back open and accepting donations– and they’ll be happy to find new homes for lots of your unwanted things. Some  charities offer collection and postal services to make it even easier to donate – take a look at this list on the Manchester City Council website or contact your favourite to see how you can donate.  Manchester Central Foodbank on Oxford Road can take any unopened non-perishable foodstuff you might have left  over.

And if there is anything left…

Remember to recycle what you can and dispose of any other waste responsibly.

  • Blue Bins:            Paper, cardboard and drinks cartons
  • Brown Bins:        Plastic bottles, cans, tins and glass bottles and jars

You can find out which bin to use in more detail.

And if you have large items that aren’t suitable for charity the council offer a free collection service for up to 3 items a year.

Find out how to recycle more, or if you’re interested in other ways you can live more sustainably check out some of the blogs from our student bloggers, Laura, Bridget and Laetitia

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