5 Things to Manage When Moving Out of a Rental Home

Are you moving out of your rental home? Moving is a significant change, with the potential for new beginnings and a fresh start. And while you’re undoubtedly looking ahead to the future with anticipation, there are still a few things to take care of before you move out of your current rental.

When moving day is just around the corner, don’t forget to add these important “to do” items onto your moving checklist.

1. Review Your Lease

Before you take any other steps, review your rental agreement. This legal document will lay out everything you and the property owner agreed to when you moved in. This should include how much notice you need to give and the terms of getting your security deposit back.

In most cases, you’ll need to let the landlord know you’re moving within a specific timeframe. This gives them time to find a new tenant and gives you time to pack, transfer utilities, move out and clean up.

Often, you’ll need to provide written notice of your intent to vacate. Be sure to follow the terms of the lease that you signed.

2. Inspect and Fix

Usually, rental agreements specify that the tenant must leave the rental in the same condition as when they moved in. Therefore, the landlord should have provided you with a condition report that detailed any issues with the rental.

Some normal wear and tear are expected. But any damage that goes above and beyond may come out of your security deposit if you don’t fix it. This may include:

  • Holes in the walls where you hung artwork
  • Returning painted walls to their original color
  • Replacing broken windows and light fixtures
  • Repairing dents or scratches on walls, cabinets, doors, and floors
  • Ensuring appliances, plumbing, and electrical systems are in working order

3. Clean Up

To get the maximum amount of your security deposit back, you’ll probably have to clean your rental. But, again, your lease documents should specify the level of cleanliness the property manager expects.

Overcleaning is usually a safer bet than under-cleaning, at least when getting your deposit back. Common cleaning tasks tenants tend to overlook include:

  • Windows and windowsills
  • Blinds and window treatments
  • Ceiling fans
  • Range hood filters
  • Around and under the range burners

4. Pack All Belongings

When moving day rolls around, pack all of your belongings. Your goal is to leave the rental empty. Of course, you don’t want to forget any of your things. But you also don’t want to get charged if the landlord has to dispose of left-behind belongings.

After the move, do a complete walk-through. Don’t forget to check in every drawer and cupboard, the very backs of shelves, under the staircase, the basement, the garage, the attic — be sure that you haven’t left any forgotten items behind.

5. Document the Condition of the Property

Once you have made repairs to the rental unit — clean, empty, and document it! Take pictures and video so you’ll have a record of all the work you did.

You may want to schedule a walk-through or inspection with the landlord. They can make a list of any issues so you can fix any problems.

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Now you’re ready to move on into your new home. Contact us for a free quote. We can help make your moving day smooth and simple.


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