5 Things to do Before You Move

5 Last-Minute Things to do Before You Move

As if packing up your entire apartment isn’t hard enough, you also have to leave your apartment empty and unharmed. And chances are you’re running on limited time to get it all done. But if you want to get a portion of your security deposit back, and you do, giving your apartment an extra scrub is a must.

There are simple things to remember like patching up holes, cleaning the fridge or vacuuming the floors, but what about the other stuff. We compiled a quick list of tasks that are often forgotten when renters move out. Get these done, and you may score extra digits on your well-earned security deposit check.

Empty your dishwasher
Most people clear out the fridge and clean the oven, but the dishwasher gets skipped. Remember to double check for any silverware or dishes that may have been left behind after your last load. If your dishwasher looks dirty, you might want to clean it, here is how

Remove stains from carpet (or try to)
Maybe you forgot to get that stain out after your 4th of July party last year or maybe you have no clue how it got there, but your carpet most likely has a stain or two. Try to rid the carpet of as many stains before you lock the doors.

Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures
I can’t even remember if any of my old apartments had ceiling fans, so I can confidently say I didn’t dust them. That goes for the light fixtures too; I didn’t dust a single one.

Empty out neglected spaces
Closets, hidden cabinets, the top shelf you can’t even reach, they all must be emptied. I suggest removing everything from them the first time you think to do it. It could be the last time the thought crosses your overwhelmed mind.

Undo any modifications you’ve made 
The last place I lived had awkward sliding closet doors, so I took them down and put curtains up in their place. I hid them away in a nook of our home, and can’t remember if I put them back up.

At the very least, as you say your final goodbye to your apartment take a lap to make sure EVERYTHING is out. You could get charged for even useful items you leave behind. So get it all out to avoid unnecessary fees. Look around any outdoor spaces you may have as well.

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Check for any hidden values or keys. People often times forget this small and yet very important detail and then have to call their ex landlords just to get back their valuables.
Be careful not to forget any laundry at the dry cleaners or shoes at the local shoe repairman. If you move to another area you'd have to pay for delivery just to get your stuff back.
Another thing people also forget when moving house is to write down meter readings. You should do this right before you move out your house.
I once had a client in Hounslow, London who just needed two sofas moved. Unlike the rest of the furniture, the sofas belonged to him and he wanted them in his new house. He had cleaned up his home very well, but had forgotten about the dirt behind the sofas. So, this is another tip- clean hard to reach areas. Your landlord is probably hoping you'd forget so he can keep your deposit. I tell you I've seen all kind of situation while I've helped Londoners move home.

Yes, these are all such great tips! Picking up dry cleaning, returning library books and checking for shoes at the shoe repair store are all so easily forgotten! Thanks for sharing these tips!

Because of a stressful day given on your moving, many likely seem to leave the place dirty. Before leaving, checking for the last time is a must. Their are maybe some of those that are in need to be clean like the kitchen areas and so on. This kind of tips is very useful.

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