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Moving Out Checklist for Tenants

Best Way to Move Out of a Southern Maryland Rental Home

At Real Property Management Gold, we hope you’ve enjoyed your experience with us. Now that you’re moving out, please follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth transition.

Move Out Cleaning Process

First, it’s important that you do everything necessary to return the property in good, clean condition. Remove all personal items and trash from the home and yard. Clean all appliances thoroughly, including the microwave, range hood, and the inside of the refrigerator. Clean sinks, cabinets, and drawers. Have the carpeting professionally cleaned, and wash non-carpeted floors. Remove any stains or marks. Wipe down walls, especially around light switches, hallways, and baseboards. Clean all windows, secure all screens, and remove any cobwebs inside and out.

Your house cleaning should include disinfecting the bathrooms. Repair any damage that you or your pets may have caused. If you’re responsible for the lawn care, mow, trim, and remove debris from the yard. Make arrangements to have the trash picked up before you discontinue service. Do not leave trash or recycling in the cans or on the premises. Your agent can provide you with a comprehensive moving out checklist upon request.

Security Deposit Return

After you have ensured the property is in good, clean condition, schedule all utilities to be taken out of your name on the last day of your lease agreement. Completely vacate the property with all your belongings. Turn your keys into our office by noon on the final day.

Once you have moved out, you’ll be wondering about your security deposit. The residential lease agreement that you signed at move in explains the refund procedure and how to avoid additional charges. You won’t be charged for ordinary wear and tear, which is the natural and gradual deterioration of the property over time. For example, carpeting and paint wears out in the course of living, no matter how careful the tenant.

Property Damage beyond Wear and Tear

However, damage that goes beyond normal wear and tear will result in a charge to your security deposit. This may include damage caused by negligence, when something should have been done to prevent the damage. It can also include your failure to notify the owner of a problem, which leads to greater damage. Abuse or misuse of the property and a tenant’s deliberate misuse of the property are also reasons that a security deposit may be charged. You cannot change the property without approval. Accidental damage is also a reason to charge your deposit. Even though you didn’t purposely damage the property, you are still responsible for the cost. The extent of damage, length of residence, and character and construction of the building are all considered when determining what is ordinary wear and tear and what is not.

We wish you all the best in the future. If you have any questions, please contact us at Real Property Management Gold.

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