End of year can be a hectic time for students. Exam season has ended and already you need to pack up your things and move on to a new house or depart Leeds for good. Before your thoughts turn to taking time off, having a holiday and seeing family, take a little time to prepare for your move and save yourself some money and hassle in the process!
To help take the stress and hassle out of moving out we’ve created a handy moving out checklist. It includes tips on where to find your nearest glass recycling, where you can donate your unwanted stuff and last minute things to consider before you hand back your keys.
1. Leave Leeds Tidy
Consider donating your unwanted stuff instead of throwing it away. Drop off any unwanted at one of the end of year collections running in residencies, the local community and campus. You can drop off any furniture, clothes, kitchen goods, electricals, non-perishable food and anything else that you no longer need! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on collections near you (#ASmoothMove) or check the Moving Out map http://bit.ly/MovingOutMap
2. Dispose of your rubbish properly!
Did you know that every year, over 70 truckloads of waste is produced on changeover day alone?! And a lot of this can end up littering the streets and gardens which also means your landlord can charge you for extra cleaning. Take care of the environment (and your wallet) and make sure your housemates stagger your rubbish disposal times so bins don’t overflow. Use the Leeds Bin App here to find out what should be put in each bin!
3. Recycle your empties
Been hoarding glass in your garden with the intention of recycling it? Put those good intentions in to practice and take your glass to your nearest bottle bank. (No you can’t put them in your green bin!) Download the Leeds Bins app to find your nearest. https://datamillnorth.org/products/leeds-bins/
4. Leave only empty cupboards behind
Check if you need to buy any more food. Use up what you have stored away in the cupboards and freezer before buying any more. If you have any food leftover at the end of year, call around to your neighbours and see if they would like it or drop off any none perishable food at one of the city’s collection points. See the Moving Out map for details of where you can find your nearest. http://bit.ly/MovingOutMap
5. Who does all this stuff belong to?
Starting to regret not having done any cleaning this year? To have any chance of getting your deposit back it’s time for everyone to muck in and get things sorted. Work out a plan with your housemates how you will divide up the tasks, sort out who owns what and clean communal areas. That includes your garden and outside spaces! It’s a good idea to agree a day that you can all get together and clean up before everyone starts disappearing.
6. Make some extra cash for the summer
Sell your unwanted textbooks, clothes, electricals and media and get some extra cash for the summer. See our Living in Leeds Guide for more information. http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/being-a-positive-partner-in-society/your-community/
7. Take meter readings
A few weeks before you move out, contact the utility companies and let them know that you will be closing the account soon. On your final day take your meter readings, inform the companies to close your account and give them a forwarding address to send the bill. Do keep a record of the meter readings. Once paid, make sure you send proof to the landlord/agent.
8. Protect your ID
Shred any documentation with your personal details on it. Identity thieves are known to go looking through bins as well as looking for any opportunistic open doors and windows to help themselves to your laptop. It’s also not a good idea to store all of your possessions in a car overnight as it will get broken in to!
9. Get out and see Leeds
It’s not too late to take advantage of your free time in Leeds to go to one of city’s many great summer festivals and attractions. Looking for ideas on what you can do? Check out the following link which lists what’s going on! https://confidentials.com/leeds/things-to-do