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5 Ways to Prepare for Moving Out

If you’re currently renting a home and are moving to another rented home or buying your home, you have a lot to look forward to in the future. It’s always an exciting time, full of adventure and possibilities. But before you go, there is a lot of stuff you’ll need to remember to do. You will have a lot of obligations, contractual and otherwise, to settle before you relocate. When you have a huge checklist of things you need to do before you move, a few of the small details can get lost in the chaos or slip between the cracks. Here are 5 things to do before moving out that you will want to remember.

Review Your Lease and Give Proper Notice

Every contract has a section in it that outlines the renter’s agreement for how much notice they will give before moving out. Usually, it’s either 30 or 60 days. Be sure to notify your landlord before the deadline to avoid any unexpected inconveniences or interpersonal problems.   You’ll also want to talk with your landlord about the deposit you paid when you moved in. Let them know how much you paid and how much you expect to get back when you leave. The unfortunate reality is that many landlords will “forget” to give you back your money if you don’t mention it, so be sure that you do.

Forward Your Mail

Something a lot of people forget to do before they move is to forward their mail to their new address. It can be a costly mistake that can result in missing bill deadlines and other important things. You’ll want to change your legal address by going to the United States Postal Service website, and you’ll also want to change the delivery address for all other packages and mail you receive in the future.

Declutter

Moving is the perfect time to declutter and get rid of things you don’t need. The fewer things you have, the fewer things you’ll need to move (makes sense, right?), so getting rid of your unwanted or unused junk is best done before the move—especially if you’ll be downsizing your home. If you have a lot of stuff that you don’t want to throw out, we’d be happy to keep an eye on it for you!

Clean and Fix

Before you leave your rental, you’ll want to clean it and fix it up as well as you can. Landlords do reserve the right to keep your deposit if they believe you have damaged the property. To avoid that unpleasant situation, you’ll want to do all you can to clean it up, make it look nice, and fix anything that is damaged, whether you damaged it or not. Then, have your landlord do a walkthrough and point out everything that you did.

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