Moving in and Moving Out
Before moving into your house or apartment, be sure to carefully
inspect the unit. For a convenient inspection checklist please click here. Also, keep this checklist for when
you move-out at the end of your lease.
After you’ve considered the questions and tips found online, you need to have a plan for maintaining your records and documents. Keeping accurate and complete records of your rental documents is critical. A documentation binder can serve as a central location for your materials, and is an easy solution.
- Consider renters insurance. This may be something you need to
purchase, or you may be able to add it to an existing home owner’s
policy with your parents or family members.
through the entire unit, preferably prior to moving your furniture
in, and document any and all damages/problems that you see.
- Take pictures or video-tape the unit for visual
documentation of any pre-existing damages (preferably prior to
moving in furniture). Document the date (at the beginning and ending
of the video-taping, hold out a newspaper with the date clearly
visible). Video-tape the entire unit in one taping (do not stop or
pause at any time). Always keep a copy of any type of documentation
for your records. Never give your only copy to anyone!
- Request repairs by sending a Notice to Repair letter to
the property manager, outlining all repairs that need to be
- Keep a copy of all communication with your
- Be sure to discuss expectations with your roommates(s). Consider signing a contract and discuss utilities, cleaning, noise and visitor agreements.
Moving-out of your apartment or house can be a very hectic time, but there are a number of steps you need to take during the move-out process. Find your checklist and revisit the check-in steps above. Doing so will help ensure the quick return of your security deposit.
- Provide prior notice in writing to your property manager for
when you will be vacating the premises. Some property managers
require 60 days or more notice, but to find out your property
manager’s policy, check your lease. Even if you have a specific
end-date for your renting contract, it is still recommended that you
let your property manager know of your plans for vacating your
- Clean your apartment/house thoroughly and
make any necessary small repairs! Remember, your property manager
may/can deduct money from your security deposit for damages and
items not cleaned properly.
- Complete the move-out
portion of your checklist. This will help you keep track of the
condition your property was in when you left, and may help you if
your security deposit is not returned to you fully or at all.
- Take pictures and video-tape the property as you did upon
- Return your keys to the property manager
by the end of the lease contract term.
- Forward your mail. Provide your property manager with a forwarding address so he/she will know where to mail your security deposit. Also, remember to notify the US Postal Service of your new address so you can receive any final utility bills or other important mail.