General Real Estate

What Do You Need to Do Before Moving Out of An Apartment?

When you’re about to move out of your apartment, the thoughts that probably consume your mind revolve around going over your belongings; deciding on what stays and what goes; packing everything carefully so nothing gets damaged in the move; hiring movers and furniture assemblers; and giving away all of the things you no longer need.

That said, there are many other things that may have been taking a backseat, and now would be the time to bring them back to the forefront. When you initially signed your lease and paid your first month’s rent, you probably also put down a hefty deposit, which is money you definitely want back. In this article, we’ll list some of the most important things you need to take care of for a smooth move.

Give enough notice

The first thing you absolutely need to do is inform your landlord of your moving out date. You’ll want to check your lease or contract to know exactly how much time is required for them to be cooperative. Generally speaking, on a month-to-month lease, the notice period is usually 30 days, so it’s always a good idea to written notice at the right time.

Check your payments  

Before leaving your apartment, it’s important to make sure that all rents and other fees have been paid in full. It’s common for people with busy schedules living in major cities like London to forget, and just assume that they’ve paid their final month’s rent and maintenance fees, and the last thing you want is for your move to be hindered over the  avoidable red tape. Get your payments updated and in check for easy handling of paperwork when the time comes, and so you can get your deposit refund in a timely manner.

Don’t leave anything behind 

Leaving anything behind is never a good idea; be it rubbish or the cute couch that you think the next tenant might like. Nothing you will leave behind is necessary, and the landlord may charge you for leaving the apartment in a less-than-spotless state.

This also means that you should absolutely clean the entire apartment from top to bottom before you go. Moving around big cities, like London for example, can get quite hectic, and you wouldn’t know where to start. If you’re tired or overwhelmed – like many people moving commonly are – you can get the help of your local end of tenancy cleaning London experts who will get this job done for you at a reasonable fee. In addition to taking the task off of your long moving to-do list, professional cleaners use high-grade detergents and are trained to never miss crucial spots and areas in your apartment that you, yourself, may overlook. This guarantees that you leave behind an impeccable apartment, avoiding any penalty charges.

Fix anything that needs fixing

You’ve been living in this apartment for a while now, and you’ve been using its amenities day in and day out. If you got an apartment with everything working, you should also leave it that way. Aside from the normal wear and tear oh household items, you’ll want to refer to your lease to review the things you would be responsible for – maybe it’s the curtains or poking holes in the walls.

If you still need help determining whether something needs fixing, ask for a walk through with the landlord to inspect the place, so there are no surprises when you receive your final statement.

In case there are items that you know need to be fixed, the safest way to get this task done and over with is to report them to the landlord, have them repair everything, and bill you. Letting them discover the damage after you’d already moved would call for additional. Besides, it’s really not fair now, is it?

Hand in your keys – all of them

Handing over your keys may sound simple, but remember that this also includes the set your best friends have for when they stay over and the extra one you left with your neighbor for emergencies. Whether you decide to leave the extras for your landlord or destroy them is up to you. Just make sure that nobody but your landlord has those keys now.

Take pictures of final meter readings

Because you’re trying to move with minimal unnecessary expenses as much as possible, it’s important for your finances to record all meter readings on the date you move out and inform your utility suppliers of that final update as soon as you can. Needless to say, you should also double-check if your utility bills are all caught up.

Document everything

Once your packing and cleaning are complete, be sure to document the state of your apartment on the day you leave with lots of photos. Take pictures of the rooms, the floors, the bathroom, kitchen, and any appliances that came with the apartment, as well as inside the closets and drawers to show they are empty. This will tremendously help you avoid a “he said, she said” situation in case the need arises.

Leave a forwarding address

The last thing you need to do is leave your landlord an accurate forwarding address, as well as fill a change of address form with the post office.

Whether you are moving into a new house or to another apartment, it’s both an exciting and stressful time. One of the most important things to be aware of is policies regarding your lease and security deposit, in addition to all the steps we’ve listed above.

Create a checklist of all the things that need to be done, and it would be even better if you list them in chronological order – meaning what needs to be first, and what’s to be left for last. That way, not only do you have a general idea of what needs to be done, but you will also be prepared to call the proper parties, make cleaning appointments, visit utility and postal offices, and not have to halt your progress because one thing depends on another that wasn’t done in time. We hope that this article will help you make your move easy, smooth, and hassle-free.

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