3 Things To Do Before Moving Out
Dec 07, 2018 // Home //

So you are ready to move on from your current rental apartment or home. Congratulations for moving forward! With that said, however, you cannot simply pack up your things and leave. There are still certain things you need to do before moving out. Some things depend on your specific lease, but the following three things in this article are generally universally accepted tasks you need to complete before moving out. Are you ready to review the details? Let’s go:

Patch Up Holes

Did you hang up any pictures, paintings, or anything else on your wall that required you to put in nails and make holes? If you did, you need to patch up the holes before moving out. Ensure the holes are well covered and prepared for your landlord to repaint them, if necessary. Of course, depending on your lease you might need to repaint the spots yourself (but this is specific on your leases). Regardless, patching the holes is a common courtesy, and can help you avoid unnecessary security charges from your landlord.

Clean The Space

Never leave your landlord with a dirty apartment. First thing you need to do is move everything out—do not leave anything behind! Then you should take the time to vacuum and wash the floors, clean the bathroom, wipe down the kitchen, et cetera. If you do not want to do this yourself, you should hire a cleaning service to complete the work before you hand in your keys. This is respectful for both your landlord as well as the tenant moving in after you. Of course, a professional cleaning might not be necessary (your landlord may still do that), but at the very least you should do some work and if you don’t want to do it personally, you will need someone else.

Walk Through With Landlord

Before you hand in your keys and leave for the final time, you should walk through the space with your landlord. This helps ensure they know what you have done with the apartment in terms of cleaning and what condition it was in when you left. Doing this is essential so you don’t find out about a security deposit charge because someone (the landlord or next tenant) claims you damaged something you did not. Ideally, you will want to have a witness do this with you or have a signed paper.

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