How to Properly Vacate Your Rental Property
After you’ve given notice, there are a few things you’ll need to do to properly vacate your unit. Follow the three strategies below to ensure a smooth move out process.
- Clear Communication
This can’t be stressed this enough! Clear communication with your property manager as to exactly what they want and expect of you when moving out can save you a lot of trouble. You can always ask your manager if you can do a “pre-move out inspection.” This is where your property manager looks over your place before move out. This gives you the chance to take care of these issues before moving out, giving you a better chance of getting your full security deposit back.
- Clean, Clean, Clean!
When in doubt, leaving your place cleaner than it was when you moved in is a sure strategy for getting back your security deposit. Below are some things to be aware of when cleaning. You can also follow your vacating instructions in your lease for more details. Sometimes a professional cleaning is required and a receipt is to be provided.
- Remove everything from the walls: staples, nails, thumbtacks, poster putty, etc.
- Use a magic eraser to remove scuffs from walls and cabinet shelves. Be careful and test this first, so you don’t take paint off too!
- Clean the refrigerator: remove the drawers and shelves from the fridge and clean them and the entire inside of the fridge.
- Clean the oven and stove top and replace drips pans.
- Wipe down the interior/exterior of cabinets.
- Remove dead bugs from hanging light fixtures, and while you’re at it, make sure all the light bulbs are working.
- Clean all sinks, mirrors, toilets, showers and bathtubs.
- Clean blinds and windows and clear the dust off of fan blades.
- Sweep/vacuum and mop everywhere, using spot treatment to clean carpet stains.
- Don’t forget the outside! Clean up any scattered trash, sweep the front stoop and lanai if you have one.
- Utility Companies
Contact your utility companies and schedule disconnects so that you won’t be paying for utilities you are no longer using. Make sure to get back any security deposits from you utility companies as well.
Finally, don’t forget to give (all) your keys to your landlord on your way out!
For more information on the property management services offered by Caron B Realty International, call us at (808) 593-9826