Whether moving down the street or to an entirely new city, moving from your rental requires several necessary actions. Between packing and cleaning, moving can quickly become overwhelming. A reputable and reliable moving company can take some of the heavy lifting out of the equation, leaving plenty of time to get your rental apartment ready to turn over to your landlord. Below are some quick tips to ensure your move from your rental goes smoothly.
Review Your Lease
Before you start your move, make sure you review your lease. You must ensure you are giving your landlord enough notice and understand what you must complete before you turn over your keys.
Communicate With Your Landlord
Once you determine the proper notice required to vacate your rental, fully communicate your intentions with your landlord. Be sure to write your move-out date and keep a record of your communication. An email or a certified letter are perfect ways to communicate your move to your landlord.
After your landlord has confirmed your move-out date, you’ll want to notify your utility companies that you are leaving. For example, call your electric, gas, sewage, cable, and water company to inform them of your move. You’ll want to pay any lingering fees and give the utility companies the final day for your service. Most utility companies will switch services back to the landlord’s name after your move-out date.
Generally, you must repair damage in your rental before moving. This includes patching holes from hanging artwork, spackling dings and dents in drywall, and cleaning carpet stains. Every rental agreement differs, but failure to repair even the slightest damages could result in forfeiting your security deposit. If there are significant damages, discuss your options with your landlord before moving.
It’s time to start your deep clean once you are packed and ready to move. As part of your deep clean, you’ll want to:
- Mop the floors and vacuum the carpets. Depending on your lease, you may need to show proof of professional carpet cleaners.
- Clean out all appliances, including the oven and refrigerator.
- Disinfect and wash the shower, tub, toilet, and sink.
- Wipe down door handles, door frames, and windows.
- Clean and dust baseboards and trim
Completing a deep clean is usually part of a standard agreement. It helps your landlord turn over the rental to a new tenant and helps keep the apartment nice and in good working order.
Document and Inspect
After you have completed your cleaning and have your belongings boxed and ready to go, be sure to document the condition of your apartment. Take photographs of each room and thoroughly document the appearance of walls, carpeting, and appliances. Schedule an inspection with your landlord to do a walkthrough of your rental together. It’s a good idea to schedule the walkthrough a few days before you relocate so you have a chance to fix any remaining issues.
Planning Your Move
Moving from a rental requires plenty of planning and preparation. Make light work of moving your belongings with the help of a professional moving crew. Kick your move off right by contacting us for a free quote.