Whether you are moving across town to another apartment or getting ready to move into your first home, the move-out process can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful. Moving out does not have to be the gigantic headache it seems to be! Here are some tips to ensure that you get your maximum security deposit back and enjoy the process along the way.
Give Your Notice
Most leases require that you give your landlord at least 30 days notice before moving out, but all leases are not the same. Depending on the area and what is common, 60 days notice may be needed before you move out. If you wait too long to read the fine print, your lease may automatically renew or you may owe an additional month of rent. Keep in mind that every speed bump along the way (like forgetting to notify your landlord and notifying them late) can cost you some of your deposit.
Turn Off the Heat
If your apartment complex does not handle your utilities for you, make sure that you schedule a shut-off date on your account. If you are moving to a new apartment or home that uses the same utility company, your account may be able to be transferred instead of terminated. Check your water, gas, and electric bills for more information on how to make sure you aren’t paying for energy you won’t be using after you move out.
Don’t Skimp on Your Cleaning
Moving out frequently means one thing—scrubbing, on your hands and knees, all over your apartment. The stain you were too lazy to get out months ago, the baseboard you never bothered to dust, and the cobwebs in the corner of your loft ceilings will certainly all come back to haunt you (and your deposit). To get the deep clean you need without spending hours doing the work, consider hiring a professional residential cleaning service to get your apartment in beautiful shape.
Schedule Your Final Walk Through
The last step of moving out will be handing over your door, mail, and gate keys to the landlord or office staff and having a final walk through. You should schedule this after the majority of the moving out process is finished, as this is the final step. Your presence during the inspection will ensure that any problems are brought to your attention and everything is recorded accurately in the records. Following all of these steps will make sure that you get the maximum deposit with the minimum effort!
Ready for the Deep Clean Your Apartment Needs?
If you use Ivete’s Cleaning Service, you are guaranteed to enjoy a beautiful professional residential cleaning like you have never seen before. We have provided excellent service to our residential customers for 27 years and look forward to meeting your cleaning needs. To schedule a consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 301-518-7172. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+!