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    How to Move-Out of an Apartment

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    How to Move-Out of an Apartment

    Justin Becker

    Updated: December 6, 2021

    So your current apartment life has finally run its course, and now it’s time to move on.

    Whether you’re moving to another apartment or to a house, there are probably loads of tasks on your plate right now! Tackling it all can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never attempted a move of this scale before.

    Moving out of an apartment isn’t usually a straightforward matter. You might have already paid the rent for the final month and contacted the utility providers, if the services were in your name. However, there are several items to keep in mind, especially when it comes to leaving the apartment clean and in good condition.

    Smiling Family Carrying Boxes Into New Home On Moving Day

    Other than normal wear and tear, you don’t want to lose your security deposit due to any overlooked damage.

    Before the final move-out, and perhaps even before you start packing, you should set a few important tasks to complete on priority.

    Here are some ideas to help smoothen the transition out of your old apartment and into the new one:

    How to Move-Out of an Apartment

    Perhaps, you have various questions to ask when hunting for an apartment. Or you’ve already chosen your new home and are just planning to move out. Moving out of your existing apartment does require you to follow some steps.

    The following steps will hopefully get you in the moving mindset and help get things started more efficiently:

    1. Make Sure to Give Enough Notice

    Whether you’re directly dealing with a landlord, property manager, or management company, giving enough notice before a move-out is just basic common sense.

    Even if you don’t get in legal trouble or suffer any financial loss through a too-short notice, there’s no need to sour your relationships with anyone. Keep it courteous and ethical; you don’t want to surprise anyone with the arrival of a moving company!

    How Much Notice Should You Give?

    The usual policy of any apartment complex is a 30 days’ notice, but you should check the lease to make sure. Some communities may require a 60 or even 90-day notice. These notice periods will also influence your best time to start hunting for a new apartment to rent.

    Risks of Not Giving Due Notice

    Failing to give notice in the required time can result in a loss of your deposit. At times, you might even have to give up several months of rent payments.

    Cardboard Boxes at new apartment

    The moving company and relocation costs will already be a burden on your pocket. So, make sure to follow this step to save face and money.

    Check the Delivery Method

    Finally, check the lease to see the required delivery method of your notice. Some landlords or companies may require written notice, while others may accept emails, a phone call, or even a text message.

    2. Stay Aware of Your Payments

    The usual agreement upon renting an apartment today is a security deposit, along with first and last month’s rent.

    Be aware that the deposit is for covering any damage in the apartment during your stay. You’ll hopefully get a refund on this (we’ll cover this topic later on).

    Don’t Confuse the Security Deposit and Last Month’s Rent

    The last month’s rent, on the other hand, is to eliminate your final payment when the lease term ends. The amount of your security deposit and last months rent may be similar, or even identical, but keep in mind that they are not interchangeable.

    3. Contact All Utility Providers

    If the utilities services are in your name and not the landlord’s, you are responsible for calling up the providers before the move. Make the call at least a fortnight beforehand and schedule the dates for turning the services on or off.

    Ideally, you want the company to turn off the utilities the day after you move out. In the new apartment, you can schedule a turn-on time for the utilities one day before moving in.

    Adapting this proactive approach will save you from getting into any hassle later on.

    4. Do a Deep Clean

    Want that security deposit back? Of course, you do! You also want to leave a good impression. So, it’s time to take out all the cleaning supplies and do a deep clean of the place.

    Make it your goal to have the apartment looking as it was when you moved in.

    Hire Someone Else to Clean

    If you don’t feel like putting in so much effort, especially when a new apartment or house is waiting, you should consider hiring a cleaning service. The security deposit will probably be more than what you pay them, so it’s a win all around.

    Get Out the Camera and Take Pictures

    Once you have the apartment all spic and span, take some pictures. The memories will be nice to have, but you also want to have proof of the apartment’s condition before your move-out.

    Hold up that day’s newspaper or some other evidence to show if your landlord does find some damage or mess.

    Have a Walk Through Inspection

    After the cleaning, you can also ask your landlord or the property manager to have a walk through before the move-out.

    A walk-through inspection will enable both parties to see the apartment’s condition for themselves. They can then discuss any problems, decide on necessary repairs, and generally iron out everything before the final inspection.

    Be Prepared for the Final Inspection

    Finally, you should try to be present when the landlord does their last inspection, also called the move-out inspection. You might have to work with some checklists and forms, but it will hopefully mean getting your security deposit back in the end.

    If you’re confused about where to start, here are some tips on how to make your apartment feel like new.

    5. Fix Whatever is Fixable

    Yet another way to ensure that security deposit refund is to fix up any issues beforehand.

    If you’ve hammered any nails into the walls, take care of those holes as soon as possible. If you have painted any walls, ask the landlord if you need to change it back to the original. The same goes for any changes in blinds, cabinet hardware, light fixtures, and so on.

    Ensure Extra Checks for an Apartment with Pets or Kids

    Pets and children often cause a lot of scratches, dings, and other minor damage that one may not notice in their everyday routine. A thorough walk-through will probably reveal many of those. Therefore, you must see what you can fix before the landlords take it out of your security deposit.

    6. Book the Service Elevator

    If your old apartment is on the ground or first floor, you may not require this. However, those living on higher floors might need to book time on the elevator before the moving company shows up.

    Why Give Notice for the Service Elevator?

    Using the elevator without prior notice will make things very inconvenient for other residents in the apartment complex.

    carrying box out

    You don’t know if someone might be moving in or out of the complex at the same time. Plus, people might need the elevator for transporting luggage, wheelchairs, or something else.

    Book ahead of time and you’ll probably save some money by cutting down on the workers’ hours from the moving company as well.

    7. Give Your New Address Everywhere

    The U.S. Postal Service will need your new address if you still require its services.

    A lot of people still send snail mail; you also don’t want to miss out on those holiday packages from your relatives! Any nearby post office will change your address. You might also be able to do this yourself online.

    Also, make sure to give the new address to people and organizations that might send some mail at times. These include relatives, friends, educational institutions, banks, and your employer.

    The Takeaway

    Whether you’re downsizing to live in a smaller apartment or moving to a whole new state, the tips above are sure to help out in many ways.

    These precautions are necessary for saving a load of money and also ensuring that you’re comfortable while moving. Here’s hoping the move goes smoothly and safely!

    Tags: Tips

    Categories: Apartment

    About The Author

    Justin Becker is a property owner in the state of Michigan and has a passion for managing communities. He owns both apartment complexes and mobile home communities and has been writing his own blogs for his properties for several years.