Typically, apartments are temporary housing facilities for people who just moved into a new city or country. Apartments provide these people with a place to stay and call home until they sort things out and eventually get their own houses. Regardless of the length of your contract, and for whatever reason, the time will come that you might decide to finally move out of your existing apartment. The process of moving out may be induced by landlords, such as when handing a 30-day notice to tenant to move out. Alternatively, it may also be induced by tenants themselves such as in the case of voluntary move-out agreements. In this article, we will focus on the latter by providing you with a guide on what you need to consider when moving out.
Review your contract
The first and most important step you need to accomplish is to review your contract. Here, look for the policies pertaining to moving out and the subsequent termination of your contract. Be aware that some landlords and companies require you to pay fees for premature contract termination, and this rate varies on a case-to-case basis. Also, reviewing all the relevant documents to ensure that you are well informed of the steps you need to take moving forward is generally a good idea.
Check room for damages
After reviewing your contract, be sure to go over your designated apartment area and check for things like cracks, tears, or damaged items. Although normal wear and tear is usually considered by landlords, other damages like broken door knobs or malfunctioning stoves may be charged to you and will prevent you from successfully moving out. If you find any damages throughout this process, immediately inform your landlord of the nature and degree of the damages. Your landlord will consider the circumstances and advise you on the proper remedies or compromises that may be applicable.
Clean your apartment
Although you may not be obligated to do so, it is also a good idea to thoroughly clean your apartment. Not only is this a kind gesture for the next tenant and the landlord, but it also gives you a chance to sort your things out personally. This allows you to go over the stuff you might need and want to bring with you when you move out. Personally cleaning out your apartment could also save you some cash by not relying on a service provider to clear out your stuff.
Update insurance information
If you have availed of a renter’s insurance, be sure to contact your insurance provider and make the necessary changes to your policy. Also, you might have acquired expensive items throughout your stay. In such a case, it is advised that you update your insurance coverage amount.
Officially change address
Even before actually moving out, it is a smart move to change your address for things like mails, packages, and deliveries. Informing banks, delivery providers, and credit card companies of your intention to move out allows them to hold items temporarily and only send them once you have successfully settled.
Cancel utility services
Some apartments offer all-inclusive rent which already covers things like electricity, water, gas, and even internet. If that’s the case, then you can skip this step because your landlord will most probably process the cancellation of these utilities after you move out. However, if these things are not part of your rental contract, be sure to contact your utility providers and cancel your subscription or plan. If you are planning to use the same companies in your new place, just inform them of your plan to move out so they can temporarily put services on hold to avoid unnecessary fees.
By following these simple steps, you will surely be moving out in no time, free of hassles and complications!