Moving? Here’s The Ultimate Flat-Finder Checklist

Moving? Here’s The Ultimate Flat-Finder Checklist

The end of the year may mean that it is time for you to look at finding new accommodation to kickstart the new year, and you are probably wondering how to go about doing that. Well, worry not, we have compiled a couple of tips on how you can hunt for your next home and score an affordable deal, what to prep for when moving flats to make it a painless moving experience, especially within the same city, and some of the things you should not forget to take care of before you start your new journey at your new spot. 

How To Find The Best Flat

This is the first step, and you probably need to complete this before even submitting the notice at your current accommodation. So, what do you need to consider when looking for a flat:  

  • The area. Is the potential flat located in a safe area and how far can you access public transport if you do not have a car? 
  • If you have a car, does your potential home have parking for your car and how safe is it? 
  • It would be great if you could get references from people who live in the area or building you are looking to move into, and you can always visit social media sites to see how customers interact with their rental representatives. You can like JHC’s Facebook page. 
  • Check the requirements of the place you are trying to rent and assess if you meet them before applying, and ensure all the relevant information and documentation is up to date. 

The Viewing Process

Now you have picked a few flats to look at, and viewing will ensure you make a more informed decision. But what should you check for when viewing, and how do you spot things that may prove to be problematic once you live at the flat? Let’s take a look:

  • Are the walls damp? Damp walls may suggest that the roof leaks and lets water in when it’s raining. 
  • If applicable, wall tiles. How are the tiles on the wall? Is there mould? Are they still intact? 
  • Check the paintwork. How recently has the flat been painted? Is the paint going to last? 
  • Toilet. It is important to know if the sanitation of your home is up to par.
  • Taps. Much like the sanitation side, your water supply needs to be good enough. 
  • Cabinets. Especially those places under the sink. Are they okay? Do they seem like they collected mould? 
  • Doors. Check if they open and close easily and if you will need a stopper. 
  • Flooring. What are your floors made from, and can you add carpets if you want to? Will cleaning your floors be a hassle or a breeze for you? 
  • Wardrobe/closet space. Always try to go for a place that can house a lot of your things without creating clutter.
  • Ask about visitation and sleepover rules. 
  • Find out what security measures are in place. 

These are some of the things you need to consider before renting or signing that contract. 

Flat Secured. Deposit Paid. Now What?

Now, we prepare to move. The last three to four weeks before moving into your new home are crucial, so plan your move this way: 

Start Preparing 3-4 Weeks Ahead Of Your Move Date

  • Start collecting moving supplies like boxes and newspapers for wrapping.
  • Make a list of things you will be moving. You can also use a checklist template like this one.
  • Submit a change of address form to your post office and change your address on all necessary documentation and accounts. 
  • Choose your moving company and confirm the arrangements. Note: some companies offer boxes and packing services at a fee, so take advantage of that, especially if you are working. 
  • Arrange for storage in your new community (if necessary).
  • Sell or give away things you will not be using or moving with. 

Planning also helps you avoid hidden moving costs because you will be transparent with your agents and moving assistants at all times beforehand. Once this preparation is done, you are looking at two weeks till moving time, and this is when you should start on the following steps

  • Have rugs and draperies cleaned and leave wrapped when returned
  • Prepare a list of friends, companies, and personal accounts who should be notified of your upcoming move
  • Arrange to be off work on your moving day
  • Address minor home repairs before moving out (especially if you’re moving from an apartment).

Around One Week Before Moving Time 

  • Start packing the rest of your belongings room by room.
  • Clean your old space if need be.
  • Boxes should be sealed, so finalise what needs to be boxed and start sealing your boxes. 
  • Clean out your fridge and freezer, and set a reminder to unplug 24 hours before you move. 
  • Drain hoses and any water retaining things. 

By now, you are ready to move and come moving day, you will need to: 

Prepare an Essential Box List

Don’t forget to put the following items in your essentials box:

  • Toilet paper
  • Phone chargers 
  • Snacks/coffee
  • Scissors
  • Garbage bags 
  • Paper towels
  • Change of clothes 
  • Dish soap and towel 
  • Portable tool kit
  • Minimal cleaning supplies 
  • Mug/plate/cutlery

Things to Consider Before You Leave the House

Make sure that there are no unexpected surprises after you leave the house. Here are a few things to check before leaving:

  • Water shut off 
  • Lights turned off
  • Windows shut and locked 
  • Surrender house keys
  • Check for items left behind

There are lots of places to help you create a list of your moving process, so don’t hesitate to check out some expert advice and get your move on. 

Final Words

When it comes to finding the perfect affordable housing in Johannesburg, we are the team a lot of Joburgers trust a lot of the time. Find your next home with us at JHC, and while we may not help you move, have a look at some of our tips and tricks to avoid unforeseen moving expenses. We have a feeling you’re going to love your new home with us.