Moving to a new home has risks and challenges no matter where you are moving from. Some of these challenges are amplified when you are moving out of a rental property. Take a look at our list of tips to make sure you get out of your rental with your things, and your security deposit, intact.
- Know Your Lease: Make sure that you know your move out date and the conditions surrounding the release of your security deposit. Although many landlords are acting in good faith, it is still best practice to know exactly what is expected under the conditions of your lease. Look out for any areas that that document any damage or wear on areas of your home or appliances and take the time to highlight them to your landlord when you move.
- Give Your Landlord A Move-out Notice: Some, but not all, leases require a Move-out Notice. Especially if your relationship with your landlord has been a smooth one, we recommend notifying your landlord sooner rather than later. In situations like moving out of a place you have lived in for a few years, there is natural wear and tear that your landlord might work with you on. By giving advance notice, you can coordinate with your landlord on a time to see the property so you can have an exact list of what is expected to get your full deposit back.
- Fix Your Property: Once you have agreed on your list, make sure you fix your property. Just like you want to have the right materials and expertise for your move, doing the same for your repair work is equally important. If patching holes or painting isn’t your forte, get your landlord involved. Especially if your landlord has multiple properties, he or she most likely has someone to call for minor repairs. Its better to make sure the fix is done right than to spend your time, energy and money on a fix that isn’t up to what your landlord expects.
- Plan Ahead: Give yourself time! With any move, this is an important factor, but in a rental situation, its even more important to have time on the back end. If possible, schedule your move for a week or two before your lease ends so that you can move into your new home with confidence that you have everything you need and left your old home in the best possible condition.
- Move With Care: Once you have your plan in place, moving day itself is your last hurdle. Although professional moving company help is the best option to make sure that your property and your home are safe, there are other precautions that will help protect you on moving day. Protect your rental from unexpected dings and damages by having the hand trucks, furniture pads, and proper moving equipment you need to get the job done right.
- Clean Everything: One of the most common ways that landlords claim a portion of security deposits is for a cleaning fee. Set apart your cleaning supplies and move them last so that you have everything you need to leave your rental property spotless. If cleaning isn’t your best skill, consider having someone to come help. Even though that has an associated cost, it will often be cheaper than what your landlord will claim the cost of a cleaning person is for your home.