Moving and Packing Tips

Whether you’re moving house or are planning to relocate abroad, there are numerous factors to take into account in your next move. These can range from the type of storage you’ll need for existing furniture, to how you will pack your glassware and dishes. There are always complications involved and you’d be advised to take our suggestions into account. Moreover, are you moving to a new country? We can help! We’ve written some comprehensive blog posts on these and other topics to help make your next move simple, easy and hassle-free. Just take a look at some of the moving and packing tips we provide in our posts below.

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  • Can Landlords Withhold Deposit for Cleaning

    Cleaning is the most common cause of deposit disputes between tenants and landlords. More than 50% of the cases are accounted to issues of cleanliness, according to data from the Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS). On that note, any adjudicator's decision will depend on the evidence submitted and how reasonable is the amount being claimed. [post_walkthrough title="Table of Contents:"] Can landlord withhold deposit for cleaning? How much can a landlord charge for cleaning? Can I do the cleaning myself What you are not obligated to clean due to wear and tear Can I file a tenancy deposit dispute for cleaning [/post_walkthrough] Can landlord withhold deposit for cleaning? In most cases, the tenancy agreement concludes that the tenant should return the property as clean as in the time of moving in. That's why is important the level of cleanliness of the property to be clearly noted in the inventory/check-in report and both parties to be aware of this while signing it. If the evidence shows that the property was less clean than when the tenant left, the tenant will be responsible for the cost of restoring the property to its original state. This may mean that some minor cleaning is required or more significant, professional deep cleaning needs to be done. How much can a landlord charge for cleaning? If after the move-out inspection the landlord concludes that the property is not as clean as when the move-in inspection was done, then, most probably, a professional end of tenancy cleaning company will be hired and the cost will be deducted from the security deposit. The prices for end of tenancy cleaning vary depending on the property size and other factors. You can check our full list of prices here. For instance, for a 2-bedroom flat, the prices start from £154  and can go up to £214 if the service has been combined with professional carpet cleaning. As we’ve mentioned above, the property should be handed back over in the same condition as when it was rented out. In this context, the landlord will most definitely retain the money necessary to cover the cleaning costs. And will surely aim for high-end services rather than worrying about the price. After all, even when the tenants leave, all costs on professional cleaners will be withheld from the tenancy deposit. Can I do the cleaning myself? Yes, аccording to the law you’re not required in any way to use a professional end of tenancy cleaning service. The thing is that it might be not that easy to remember how clean the place was at the start of the tenancy. That's why you should look back at the check-in report, which was signed at the start of the tenancy. The inventory report is often supported by photographs or additional descriptions, related to individual items in the property, such as the oven, the fridge or the hallway carpets, for example. This can give you a better idea of how clean the flat and its furnishings (if applicable) should be when you move out. Another important thing to point out is that most landlords are making sure that the property cleanliness is of the highest quality before they rent it out. So bear in mind that you should meet their cleaning requirements. When you’re ready to begin, you can take a look at the full landlord-approved end of tenancy cleaning checklist that you can follow. So, to sum up, you can do the cleaning yourself, but beware that the landlord may still deduct some money from your deposit if the work has not been done up to his expectations. What you are not obligated to clean due to wear and tear If there is normal wear and tear (depreciation of the units) and damage that naturally occurs in an investment property, due to ageing or structural reasons, you are not required to clean or fix the worn out or damaged fixture, it is the landlord’s responsibility. Here is a list of what is considered normal wear and tear and what is supposed to be cleaned by the tenant: Normal Wear & Tear: Landlord's ResponsibilityExcessive Tenant АbuseMould, due to bad construction workMould due to lack of regular cleanings and ventilatingRust on pipes Limescale on spout and sinksFaded paint or peeling exteriorSticky cabinets and interiorsCarpet, faded or worn thin from walkingStains or burns on the carpet. Food stains, urine stains, and leaky fish tanks stainsClogged sinks or drains caused by old pipesClogged sinks and toilets, due to the tenant’s improper usage - hairs, nappies, food debris down the pipes, etc.Mirror’s beginning to “de-silver” (black spots)Dirty mirrorsLoose handles or toilet seatDirty seat, tank and handlesStains and discolouration on old porcelain that has lost its protective coatingGrime-coated bathtub and toiletGlass corrosionDirty windows / fingerprints and smudges on windowsPaint, fading from switches, socketsDirty switches, sockets and handles [cta_info_box cta-title="Learn more" cta-href="https://www.fantasticservices.com/end-of-tenancy-cleaning/"]Visit the main website to learn about our end of tenancy cleaning solution for when you move out.[/cta_info_box] Can I file a tenancy deposit dispute for cleaning? If you cannot resolve a deposit deduction problem with your landlord, related to cleaning the property, then, you can open a free dispute resolution procedure under the protection scheme service that your landlord has opened. You can do that by submitting an online request in use one of the three approved TDP schemes in UK (check which one your landlord is using in your tenancy contract) : mydepositsTenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)Deposit Protection Service (DPS) The adjudicator will look for information about how clean the property was when the tenant moved in and then compare his/her findings to the evidence that shows the level of cleanliness when they moved out. Then, the scheme service will decide what percentage of your deposit should be returned, based on the evidence provided. If your landlord doesn't agree to your  refund claim, the custodial scheme holds the money until the dispute is resolved by the scheme's dispute resolution service or by the court.

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  • Storing Winter Beddings

    With the weather getting warmer and warmer, the need for heavy quilts slowly vanishes, and at one point you make the important decision that winter is over and the time for duvet storage is here. It might sound simple enough, just fold the thing and put it away, but there is actually more to the whole storing process. [post_walkthrough title="Table of contents:"] How to store duvets and quilts Storing feather duvets Storing pillows [/post_walkthrough] How to store duvets and quilts Start off by vacuuming any leftover debris and dirt. Check the label and see if the bedding can be machine washed. If you get confused by all the symbols illustrated there, see the explanation behind each washing symbol. If the duvet is too big and barely fits in the machine, you can either wash it by hand or go to a laundromat. In case you’d rather clean it yourself, pay special attention to the drying instructions to avoid damage. Most of the times, the best option is to leave the quilt or duvet to air dry someplace shady, away from direct sunlight. It might be a good idea to dry it directly on top of the grass or something else. Avoiding hanging the duvet will keep its fillings from gathering alongside the edges. Now that the duvet/quilt is dry, it’s finally time for storage. For any fabric, the best option is always a vacuum-sealed plastic bag. It will save you a ton of space while protecting your quilt from dust mites, insects and humid weather. Never use black bags as they do not ventilate moisture properly. Vacuum-sealed plastic bags are transparent and will not protect your duvet from sunlight, keep that in mind. If you wish to keep the original fresh colour of the bedding, make sure you store it in a cool and shady place with low humidity. If you do not have a vacuum-sealed bag, you can store your duvets and quilts in a linen bag, or by wrapping them in natural fibre cotton. In both scenarios, it’s always a good idea to slip in a dryer sheet, to keep the bedding fresh. How to fold a quilt before storage The best way to store a quilt is to not fold it at all, and just lay it flat somewhere, but not many people have this kind of capacity in their homes. In order to save even more space and give the best possible summer vacation to your quilt, you need to fold it right. If it’s small and thin, just roll it in a tube and place it in the vacuum-sealed bag. If this is not possible and the quilt is too big, fold it like you normally would but also place a sheet of acid-free paper between the different layers. Put little crumbled pieces of the same paper right where the folds are to prevent them from becoming permanent. [cta_info_box cta-title="Book Storage" cta-href="https://www.fantasticservices.com/storage-service/"]Those winter covers sure look heavy and bulky. If only you had someone to call in and take them off your hands and in safe storage...[/cta_info_box] Storing feather duvets First of all, you need to forget about plastic bags if you are storing a feather duvet. Use bags made out of breathable fabric. We already mentioned how to properly wash duvets and let them dry, same goes for feather duvets. Although, we advise you to dry clean because machine washing is highly inappropriate for anything with feather stuffing. Considering the price range of such items, it will be best to limit the risks. Storing pillows First of all, you need to decide which pillows will be stored, and which won’t. Categorise your pillows in three main groups. Pillows for the bedroom would be the first category. Those are most likely the best pillows in your house, so they will need extra care. The other category would be the pillows from anywhere else in the house laying around on furniture and leisure areas. Those would be the pillows that you will store somewhere in the back of the closet. And finally your “throwing pillows”. Those that you take with you in the garden, or you kneel on whenever doing something around the house and so on. Those would be the pillows that you most likely won’t store anyways. The pillows from your bedroom need to be well cleaned and put in a clean cover. Now the pillow is ready for storage. It needs to be stored in a bag and left somewhere on top of other items. Don’t just stuff your pillows in small packages, they won’t expand to their previous state after storage. Also, don’t cover your pillows with other items because it will ruin them. Let them just sit and be as fluffy as possible next time you need them. [note type="tip" icon-text="true"]You can flip the pillows now and then if possible, it will only preserve their fluffiness even more. Remember to dry clean your pillows if they are with feather filling.[/note] Takeaways Before storing any beddings it is of most importance to make sure it is clean and absolutely dry. It is essential that you check the labelling of your beddings to see for any washing instructions. You may not realise how delicate the fabrics are. After dealing with the tricky washing and drying process it is time to figure out your storage space. Folding your duvets may not be the best and easiest option, but often it is the only one. Once again, you can check with any labelling on your beddings for storing instructions, if provided. In general, you should avoid plastic bags and in some cases vacuum bags. Remember to always store your pillows with fresh covers and avoid compressing them in tight spaces. *** You know a better way to protect your winter beddings during the summer? Please, do share your expertise in the comment section below. Images source: shutterstock / by Breadmaker

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  • How to Store Winter Clothes and Boots

    Winter clothes also need love and care before they are forgotten for another year. So if you want to enjoy them after the summer is over, follow the instructions below. [post_walkthrough title="Table of contents:"] Storing winter coats and jackets How to prepare coats and jackets for storage How to store woollen sweaters How to store winter boots for the summer [/post_walkthrough] Storing winter coats and jackets Just like the duvets and quilts, wash your clothes before you put them away. For the coats and jackets that are made from natural materials like fur, leather, wool, and suede, dry cleaning is the safest option. Washing those fabrics in the washing machine will, most likely, result in damage to the clothes. For all the other fabrics, just read the label. In there you will find useful information on what temperature you should use, the proper detergents, and the right way to dry them. If you can’t decipher all the symbols you can check their meaning. Once you have dried all the coats and jackets, fasten all the belts, zippers, and buttons up. Check carefully for any damage and see if you can fix it or it needs a tailor. If you have extra “suit covers”, place the more sensitive jackets there for some extra protection. Hang them on hefty wooden hangers to maintain the original shape and reduce the wrinkles to a minimum. [note type="tip" icon-text="true"]Some of those suit covers have dedicated spots for notes. You can write which jacket or coat is inside, that way you will read the labels without having to unzip the covers. This proves practical, especially in limited spaces.[/note] How to prepare coats and jackets for storage Down jackets, parkas, and puffer coats In most cases, nylon and puffy down-filled jackets and coats, have no problem being washed in a machine, but that does not mean you shouldn’t read the label first. However, a gentle cycle with cold water and normal laundry detergent should be just the right way to wash them. You can help the fluffiness of your coats and jackets by adding a couple of wool dryer balls in the machine when you wash them. If you don’t have such, fresh tennis balls are also an alternative. Wool coats The important thing to understand with wool products is that you should never wash them with hot water, or dry them in the sun. Heat will shrink and damage the fabric. You have two options for DIY cleaning. You can put the wool coats in the washing machine on a very delicate cycle. Use detergents made especially for wool products and only cold water. The other way is to hand wash them in a tub with cold water and baby shampoo. Let the coats air dry someplace shady, away from sunlight. [cta_info_box cta-title="Book Storage" cta-href="https://www.fantasticservices.com/storage-service/"]It may be difficult to find a place for all those fur coats in your closet. Good thing our storage crates are large enough.[/cta_info_box] How to store woollen sweaters The above mentioned procedure applies perfectly to woollen sweaters as well. Gentle cycle with cold water and a special detergent is enough to clean your sweaters before you put them away for the summer. Remember that you should never iron them, because, as we mentioned earlier, wool and heat are not good friends, and you will only damage your clothes. How to store winter boots for the summer Take out all of your shoes and give them a good wipe up first, to remove all the general dirt and mud accumulated through the winter season. After that, each pair should be cleaned according to its material in order to prevent damage. Leather boots must be cleaned only with a special leather detergent and with a suitable sponge. Same goes for all the other sensitive materials. When you are done with the cleaning, leave the boots to air dry and finish off with a shoe protector or polish. Stuff the boots with old scruffed newspapers and magazines to maintain the general shape. The best case scenario would be to put them in the original boxes and store them in a cool place with low humidity. If the boxes are not available, place your shoes in a boot bag, or wrap them in a soft cloth. Place lavender sachets in each box, bag or cloth to keep the bugs and musty smell away. Riding boots and knee-high boots are a bit tricky. You need to secure the length of the boot while in storage. This will prevent the appearing of cracks and wrinkles. There are numerous options on markets for different inserts that you can use but you can get creative. Empty wine bottles are one of the possible solutions, at least for calf-high boots. However, it is not suitable for all lengths. You can also use a piece of plastic or cardboard that could be rolled to fit the boot. Basically, you need something to simulate your leg, being inside that boot. It will keep the form of the shoes and prevent sagging. [note type="tip" icon-text="true"]You can use a clothes peg to keep both boots together. Place the peg at the top of the boots.[/note] Takeaways Quality winter clothes can keep you warm and dry during the frosty winter. Storing those clothes correctly will only prolong their service. The storing process, as always, starts with a wash so always check the tags on your clothes for washing instructions. That way you won’t damage your clothes while washing them. It is also a great idea to invest in a couple of suit covers to protect your most delicate and favourite coats. Remember to opt for covers that have some form of tagging option, so you can easily see what is inside, without unzipping it. *** Have any awesome storage tips for shoes and clothes? Please, feel free to share them in the comments below. Images source: Depositphotos / by dalivl@yandex.ru

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  • How to Store Winter Sports Gear

    If you want to enjoy your skis, snowboards and boots for many years, you need to know how to store them properly. So here is how to store different types of winter sports equipment the right way. (more…)

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  • How to Pack Large Kitchen Appliances for Moving

    When it comes to moving home, packing is the hardest and most time-consuming part. And we’re not going to point fingers, but the kitchen is usually the prime reason for that. (more…)

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