When you signed the lease on your apartment rental, chances are good that you weren’t too concerned with what would be required of you at move-out. That being said, most tenants will outgrow their space at one point or another, and when that time comes, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Failure to plan ahead can cause a whole lot of unnecessary confusion for you. Similarly, failure to leave your apartment in the right condition can lead to an inability to get your deposit back, which is never a good thing. Follow these guidelines to ensure that the moving process is quick and easy.
Find a New Place
Don’t wait until the very last minute to start a frantic search for your next apartment rental. Knowing that it takes time to score your perfect space, plan ahead by giving yourself a minimum of three or four weeks to get hunting. Remember that it’s not always as simple as just packing up and leaving. You will need to come up with deposits, potentially take time off of work, and make sure that your existing furniture will fit inside of your new space.
Give Written Notice
Let your landlord know that your situation has changed and you will not be renewing the lease on your apartment rental. Although many landlords may consider a verbal notice sufficient, it’s far better to dot all of your i’s and cross your t’s just in case by giving a written one. Check the terms of your lease to determine how close to move-out this notice needs to be given. Failure to do this could end up costing you another month’s rent or a large fee, depending on the terms put forth by your landlord.
Reserve a Moving Truck
Once you’ve decided on a move-out date, it’s time to secure a moving company or truck. The other alternative here is, of course, to rely on friends and family, offering beer and pizza as an incentive to help. Either way, you will want to make sure that you have a plan so that you aren’t left trying to figure it all out the day of.
Clean, Clean, Clean
One of the top reasons that a tenant does not get their full security deposit back is failure to leave an apartment rental in a clean and orderly state. A quick rule of thumb is to make sure that it is just as pristine as it was when you were moving in. The simplest way to ensure that this is done properly is to hire a cleaning company, but if you don’t want to spend the extra dough, you can follow these guidelines to get your deposit back:
- Bathrooms: Vacuum and mop the tile, scrub the tub and shower, as well as the toilet. Countertops and mirrors should be wiped down, and drawers and cabinets should be thoroughly emptied and cleaned as well.
- Kitchen: Clean out every cabinet and drawer, wiping away crumbs and leftover residue. Pull appliances away from the wall to vacuum and mop beneath them. Wipe down countertops and appliances. Clear out the contents of the fridge and freezer and bleach the inside.
- Throughout: Wipe down fan blades, clean windows, and dust fixtures. Patch holes where artwork or shelving has been hung, sand, and repaint. Clean floors and get any stains out of carpeting.
Once your apartment rental has been cleared out and cleaned up, you’ll need to schedule a final walk through with your landlord. Take a few minutes prior to this to make sure that the space you are leaving behind is in great shape. Set the thermostat back at a normal temperature (typically somewhere around 78 degrees unless otherwise noted). Check all of the plumbing, electrical outlets, and light switches to verify that they are all in good working condition. Once your landlord has arrived, be sure to tour the property with them, in case they have any questions. Be sure to request a written copy of your walk through that verifies that the space was left in the condition that was expected. Have your keys (as well as any garage clickers, pool or gym keys, et cetera) in an envelope ready to hand over.
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