What To Do Before Moving Out Of Your Rental Home

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023
Moving box

Moving out of your rental home can be stressful, especially if you are unsure where to start. It’s very important that you perform all necessary tasks before moving out. This way you will avoid unnecessary fines or difficulties getting to your new place.

Double Check Your Rental Agreement

The first thing you should do is double-check your rental agreement with your current landlord. Your lease agreement should have all details about the moving out procedure. Including termination conditions, effective lease dates, maintenance obligations, and utility transfers.

If you plan to break your lease early, your lease agreement may require you to pay a penalty fee. Most of the time, the fine is equivalent to one or two months’ rent.

Send a Move Out Notice

Most landlords require tenants to notify landlords ahead of time if they plan to leave and not renew the lease agreement. It should specify in your lease how many days notice you need to give if you do not plan on renewing your lease. Usually your landlord will contact you when it’s getting closer to the end of your lease, so they have an idea of if you will be resigning or not.

Thoroughly Clean the Apartment

Once you pack your belongings, you will have to clean the apartment thoroughly. Most landlords will charge an additional cleaning fee, or take the fee out of your security deposit if you leave the house in a dirty state. 

Cleaning your rental property includes cleaning all parts of the kitchen, including the inside of the refrigerator, inside of the cabinets, the oven, and anything else that was used frequently. You’re also expected to clean the entirety of the other rooms in the house including the bathrooms, bedrooms, and living rooms. 

Take everything out of the house, even the things you are getting rid of. It’s your responsibility to remove all of your belongings.

Schedule Utility Shut Off

Another important thing you need to do before moving is to schedule a time for utility companies to shut off your electricity and internet. If you don’t do this, you will continue to be charged for a home you are no longer living in. Make sure that you schedule the shutoff date the day after you have moved out. You will also need to contact the utility companies to schedule turn-on services in your new home.

Inspect for Damages

When moving out, your landlord will have you complete a moving out form, which documents any problems or issues with the rental property. Tenants have to vacate the property and leave it in the same state it was in when the lease began. 

You are not responsible for normal wear and tear, but tenants might be responsible for filling holes and fixing any scratches or dents on the floors/walls. If you or your pet has damaged the property, the landlord will more than likely take the charges out of your security deposit.

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