Checklist When Moving Out of an Apartment or Rental

How to Make Sure You Get Back Your Rental Deposit

If you're moving from a rented apartment, you'll want to review this checklist of things to do before you move out to make sure you aren't changed additional fees.

  • 01 of 07
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    One of the most frustrating things about renting an apartment is when it comes to moving out, you often have to push to get back your security deposit. I can't count the number of times I had to fight a landlord even after hiring cleaners to do a thorough clean and ensuring that any painting I'd done had been re-painted. If you're concerned about getting your security or damage deposit back, check out this article on what you need to look for and do to ensure you receive the funds...MORE back when it comes time to move out.

  • 02 of 07
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    If you're renting your current home and you need to move, make sure you know the details of your lease agreement and the penalties that may apply should you have to break the lease. Knowing what you're signing or have signed, will help you avoid paying penalties. This guide also provides detailed information on how to break a lease if you have to and your options should you need to move before your lease is up.

  • 03 of 07
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    We keep talking about the damage or security deposit and how critical it is to get it back. Cleaning your apartment is essential to ensuring the money you paid up front is returned to you after you move out. As part of your lease agreement, you should have a copy of the inspection report that the landlord prepared before you moved in. The report should've been completed while you toured the apartment to make sure that any pre-existing damage isn't blamed on you. If you have pets,...MORE it's even more important to clean your place thoroughly and to make sure any damage your pets incurred is fixed.

  • 04 of 07
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    Whenever we move from our home and into a new place, there's one thing I splurge on and that's hiring professional cleaners to clean our old place, especially if we're renting. This might seem excessive, but cleaning is something I really hate doing and something I ​want to be done well so any money owing to me is paid before I move out.​

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  • 05 of 07
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    After the last box has been packed and moved and before you close the door one last time, there are a few things you still need to do before you leave. While this list should be read and reviewed a week or more before you move out, it can still be used as a last minute "check" to ensure you've done all you need to do.

  • 06 of 07
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    When you move, there are just so many things to remember that it's easy to forget the more minor tasks. Once, when we moved from one country to another, I unpacked a box in our new home only to find some library books that should have been returned before we left the city never mind the country. I ended up paying a courier to ship them back - attached to the top book I included a big apology note! It was slightly embarrassing and only added to my move in tasks.

    So you don't forget to...MORE return library books or pick up your stuff from the cleaners, check out this list of "to dos" and you'll be sure to have a less stressful move.

  • 07 of 07
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    It's moving day. You're sure you remembered to do everything you needed to do, but you think there's something missing. Or you were so busy preparing for moving day that you're not quite sure what to expect.

    Find out what to expect on moving day, including tips and task lists so you're not left with last-minute things to do that will not only cause you unnecessary stress​ but money, too.