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The lease may be signed, but you've still got the move to organise. Allow at least a weekend, if not a week, to take all your possessions to your new home. In most cases, the more time you can set aside, the better.
By law, tenants must leave the property in the same condition as when they moved into it. Therefore, you must take out tenant's insurance, which will indemnify your landlord for any damage to the rented property. This insurance usually covers fire, explosion, lightning, storm damage, vehicle collision, falling aeroplanes or trees, burglary (theft without forced entry is not normally covered), smoke damage, electricity damage, hail damage and snow pressure, broken windows, water damage (leaks from the water system, leaking roof, oil leaks, leak detection and excavation for repair). Events that are not covered: flooding, overflowing drains, leaks through façades and open windows as well as due to lack of maintenance, damage caused as a result of repair work. Find out exactly what your insurance covers and take out an additional policy, if necessary. For more details, refer to our Insurance section.
You may need to do a bit of work on your old property to leave it in good condition, and you should certainly clean it thoroughly. Have the last boiler servicing bill to hand (and not at the bottom of a packing box!); boilers must be serviced regularly, and the landlord is entitled to bill you for the cost of having it serviced, if you haven't already done so.
You'll find plenty of tips and tricks for a smooth move in the Moving section, as well as a checklist of all the jobs you'll need to do in advance and a moving day checklist.
It's handy to bear in mind that with some suppliers you could avoid meter connection and disconnection costs (for water, gas and electricity) if you arrange with the previous tenants to transfer the accounts together. Contact the utilities suppliers to get the necessary forms. This is a very simple process, and everyone's a winner.
Once you've moved all your belongings into your new home, all that's left to do is unpack your boxes and... throw the housewarming party!