How to Make Move-Out Day Painless & Easy

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How to Make Move-Out Day Painless & Easy

Oh My Apartment · Feb 23, 2009

When Moving Day involves an apartment, it can get a bit complicated. You often have stairs or shared walkways to navigate. You have a responsibility to be careful about banging up walls and door frames. You can be on a tight schedule to move before a lease expires or a new one gets too far along. And with apartments, there are more complicated issues, like making sure that you get back your deposit.

But there are some ways to make the moving process go much more smoothly — especially when you’re working with an apartment.

1. Start and end with a digital camera.
When you’re renting, you need to keep good records. Before you move into a new apartment, photograph it thoroughly, especially any damage you see. That way, at the end of the lease, you can dispute any claims your landlord makes.

The same goes when you move out: if you have a good set of before and after photos, you can often insure that you get the majority of your deposit back.

2. Sort out what you plan to move.
Whether or not you need to split household items with a roommate, sort your stuff thoroughly. Get rid of any trash or clutter: after all, why bother moving trash or those old clothes that need to go to Goodwill anyway?

If you’re moving out of an apartment, you can take advantage of the local dumpster to clean out your apartment before you move. Otherwise, you might have to arrange for trash removal.

3. Move early — or at least pack ahead of time.
It’s important to leave some extra time after you’ve moved all of your possessions out of an apartment. Even if you can only get as far as putting everything in boxes and piling them in the middle of your room, go for it. You’ll have the space to clean and do any repairs necessary.

A clean apartment guarantees that you’ll get more of your deposit back. And if you need to do anything like remove those nails that your landlord asked you not to use, you’ll have time and space to do so.

4. Return your keys.
Many landlords consider a drop box a good way to handle key returns, but it’s better to return them to a real person when possible. If you can get a receipt that you returned them, you’ll save yourself a hassle if those keys disappear some where along the way.

Any other tips for a smooth moving-out day (or week)? Share them below!

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