Everything You Need To Do Before Handing In Your Keys
Getting ready to move home? If you are moving out of a rented apartment, you will need to make sure you do certain things so that you get your deposit back in full. Not sure you’ve done everything? Just make sure you can check everything off this complete checklist for moving out before you hand your keys back to the landlord!
Contact All Utility Providers
About a month or so before you move out, you need to let all your utility providers know that you are going. You might be able to simply move your account over to your new address with some companies. However, with some, such as electricity and gas, you might be required to close your account completely and open a new one once you are in your new home.
Change Your Address On Documents And Contracts
As well as informing all your utilities, you will need to let a few other companies that you have updated your address. They will then be able to change your address on many official contracts and documents. For example, your bank is one of the first organizations you tell and then they can change your address for all your banking. Remember to get your address changed on your driving license and inform your employer.
Clean Your Old Apartment
Before you leave your old apartment, you need to clean it so that it is in the same condition in which you found it. If it is messy or dirty, then there is no way you will be getting your deposit back! That’s because your landlord has the right to use the money from the deposit to clean the apartment. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, you might want to use the Whizz exit cleaner service. You can then be confident that the apartment has been cleaned up to a professional standard.
Fill Out The Inventory
You will have probably had to fill in an inventory when you first moved into the apartment. This will just have been a list of different household items and furniture, and you will have had to tick off all the ones in the flat. You now have to revisit the list and tick all the items that are still in the flat. If there are any pieces of furniture or appliances that are now missing or broken, your landlord might use money from your deposit to replace them for the next tenants.
Clear Out The Entire Flat
It’s a good idea to remove everything from the flat, even items that you might think the next tenants might find useful. That’s because your landlord might not realize you’ve left these for the next occupants, and they might remove them. If they do remove anything after you have left, they will be within their rights to charge you for the removal. So don’t expect to receive your deposit back in full!
Now that you have this complete checklist, you can get organized before moving day and handing the keys over!
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