The good thing about renting is that you don’t have to do it forever. Whether you are a business or a resident, if you rent now, there’s always hope that sometime in the future, you might be able to afford your own home or office building. When that future date finally comes, here is how you should move out of your rented place:
1. Check Inventory
First of all, you need to make a list of everything that was in the apartment before you moved in. This includes furniture, electronics, tools and even cleaning equipment that was there when you first came. When you are ready to move out and call the removal services, you should make sure that everything that was, is still there. Otherwise, the expenses for those items will come out of your security deposit. Remember that it’s at your landlord’s discretion to value those items. So, be prepared to compensate generously if you lose something that was provided by the landlord.
2. Clean Well
Don’t leave an apartment dirty. Clean everything thoroughly and well as if you would your own home. If you leave an apartment dirty with clutter and debris everywhere, the landlord could charge you for damages. If you want your security deposit back, it’s in your best interest to leave the apartment cleaner than it was before. Remove all trash before the landlord comes to check.
3. Call Movers for Equipment
If you have big items that need transporting, like furniture or a refrigerator, it’s better to call professional removal services rather than move these on your own. If you try to do by yourself, you could end up scraping the floor or permanently damaging door frames. If your landlord notices such damages, you could lose your entire security deposit.
4. Fix Broken Things
Never leave the apartment with little broken things. You would be charged double or more the amount that actually costs to make repairs. For example, if there’s leaky faucet or a loose doorframe, you can easily try DIY fixes that cost next to nothing. If the damage is minor and won’t cost you much, do it. But if the damage is significant and will require expensive repairs, it will be cheaper for you to let it be and lose the security deposit.
Finally, don’t forget to accompany the landlord when he or she does the final inspection before you leave. This will eliminate any confusion or disputed if the landlord decided to charge for damages or withhold your deposit. Once you heed all the suggestions above, you will be able to move out in peace.