Making the Move-In and Move-Out Process As Simple as Possible
Moving-in or out of a rental property can be a stressful time. A little preparation can help both tenants and landlords make the move stress-free. Nowadays, a majority of landlords include a checklist together with the rental agreement. This helps the process run smoothly because it spells out the obligations that need to be fulfilled.
Why Do You Need a Move-Out Checklist?
Moving out can be quite nerve-racking. There are many things that a tenant needs to do. A checklist becomes essential so the tenant remembers everything they have to do before, during and after they move.
This way, they get to avoid wrangles with their landlord. It also helps them in retaining their eligibility for a refund on their security deposit.
In most cases, the landlord will attach a move-out checklist with the lease agreement.
What Should A Move-Out Checklist Include?
Bear in mind that a number of factors affect what goes into a move-out checklist. Some of these factors include the location, duration of the tenancy, type of housing, landlord’s requirements, among other requirements specific to the property.
Making sure both parties of the lease agreement understands is always the first step towards a smooth and stress-free move from one home to another.
Here are a few things to include in a move-out checklist:
A Typical Move-Out Checklist
- Move-out notice: The first item on this checklist should be to notify the landlord of intent to vacate. The notice should be written. A verbal notice is unacceptable. Remember to include moving dates. Also, indicate when it would be ideal for the landlord to bring in interested clients to view the space.
- Reverting the space to its original form: This involves undoing any changes that were made to the property during tenancy. Whether it’s repainting the space back to its original shade or removing any partitions that were not initially there.
- Fixtures: Fixtures should be working in mint condition. They include the plumbing, lighting, smoke detectors, and the HVAC system.
- Appliances: All appliances provided by the Landlord should be working perfectly – the same way they were when the tenant moved in.
- Landscaping and mowing: Inspect and tend to the landscaping and lawn (if present) to ensure they are as they were in the beginning.
With all that done, you’ll have successfully completed your move-out. But, what if you are moving out of one apartment and into another? If that is the case, you may need a move-in checklist as well!
A Typical Move-In Checklist
A move in checklist contains all the items in a move-out checklist. A landlord can use it to organize himself/herself and the property for the tenant.
Why is a Move-In Checklist Necessary?
Without a checklist, a tenant is at a serious disadvantage not only during the entire period of the tenancy, but also during a move out as well. Your move-in checklist should detail the condition of the property at move-in. This will help avoid any future surprises. It’ll also ensure a full refund of the security deposit.
Here are a few things to include in your move-in checklist.
There you have it! Following these tips will ensure you have a smooth and stress-free move. Unmistakably, there are many things to consider. But at the end of the day, returning the property as close to the original condition is key. It’ll ensure you get most, if not all, of your security deposit back.