Tips on Moving Out of Your Rental
So you’ve decided to move on to a new rental, or perhaps you have made the plunge and are ready to own. Either way, it’s time to pack up your belongings and begin the painful process of moving. Although you may be anxious to get moved into your new place, it’s important that you take the time to properly move out of your old place. Remember that moving out may take longer than anticipated, so try and leave yourself a few extra days for all those little chores.
We’ve put together a list of helpful tips that will help you when moving out of your rental.
Organization is Key
You may have only been living in your current rental for a year or like most, it’s probably been a few years. Creating a spreadsheet of all the tasks you need to complete can help you to keep track of timelines and stay within any time constraints. Whether it’s packing, scheduling the movers or even cleaners if you’re lucky enough to have the funds to pay someone, it’s important to stay organized in order for things to go smoothly. Not to mention it will help to keep stress levels at a minimum.
Go over your Current Lease Agreement
With every rental, there are policies that are in place in regards to vacating your unit. Ensure that you are following what the lease agreement stipulates as far as any maintenance, cleaning, utilities etc. Above all make sure that you have provided your landlord or property manager with enough notice before moving out. Reviewing your lease ahead of time will avoid running into situations that keep you from following through on your agreement. Add any tasks such as professional carpet cleaning, painting, filling in holes made my pictures or shelving to your spreadsheet. Remember that anything that has not been done can come off of your damage deposit!
Wall Repairs and Painting
Return the rental in the same condition in which you found it. In other words, if you painted the walls when you moved in you may have to repaint them back to the original colour. Check your lease or check with your landlord first before taking on this task, you don’t want to spend time and money on something that didn’t need to be done. Also, make sure and repair any holes or damage to the walls. Consult with your landlord on this as well, there are generally size restrictions on what constitutes required repairs.
If you couldn’t be bothered to do these things yourself, you may just be able to pay upfront for damages, or you can even look into hiring someone to do it for you. Although this is not my recommendation as saving money may be in your best interest if you are planning on using the damage deposit from your current rental for your new one.
Clean like you’ve Never Cleaned Before!
Now I know this may be hard for some of you men out there, but remember, you can save a lot of time (and money) if your apartment was relatively clean to begin with. Maintaining the cleanliness of your home will help to make this process a lot easier! That being said you will most likely need to have carpets professionally cleaned, so if you so choose you may want to hire cleaners if this isn’t your area of expertise. I myself have run into situations where losing a portion of your damage deposit because the rental simply isn’t clean enough is an all too real reality. So remember when you move in to take note of the state of clean, and make those notes when you do your walk through.
It’s a good idea to start preparing for cleaning long before you move out. Big tasks like cleaning the oven/stove, microwave, grease off the cabinets and stove fans etc, should be done long before you move out. (You’d be surprised how long this could take).
You should leave yourself a couple of days if you take this task on. If you hire cleaners make sure to schedule them a month ahead of time to avoid running into availability issues.
The Walk Through
When scheduling your walk through remember to consider that it will need to have been cleaned and all repairs completed. In addition, the rental should be empty. This may seem a tad obvious but you never know!
Ensure that all garbage as well as cleaning and laundry supplies have been removed from the unit. Make plans to deal with disposing of any hazardous materials or any large pieces of furniture that you have deemed trash. You don’t want any of these things present when doing your walk through.
Most importantly it’s your organization that will help you get through the moving out process. If you make a plan early and keep track of all required tasks it will help you to stay on schedule and prevent last minute panic. If you’re willing to put in the hard work and follow the above tips, you can ensure that every cent of that damage deposit is back in your pocket before you hand over the keys!
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