When moving out, your greatest concern with
your landlord really is to get the security deposit. The trick really is to
leave the place as it was when you moved in. You have to inform the landlord
that you intend to move out at least 30 days before the expiry of your lease
Your preparation starts when you move in.
Photograph the whole place when you move in. Give the manager a copy of the
images. This will be your basis later on when your move out.
On the other hand, once the notice has been
submitted to the manager or the landlord you have to start cleaning the place.
Starting from the walls and ceilings, you should wipe and wash all dust and
dirt clean. If there are holes from pins, nails and screws, you would have to
patch and smooth them before leaving. The floors should be cleaned and polished
as well. Carpets should be vacuumed and made free of stains as well.
The kitchen and the bathroom should be spic
and span as well. It should be free from grease, grime and stains. You can use
special cleaning solutions to aid you remove the stains. All appliances in the
place should be cleaned as well. The stove and the broiler should, for
instance, be clean inside and out. The refrigerator and the freezer should be
emptied and cleaned as well.
If you have a yard, it would be your job to
clean it as well. The grass should be trimmed and the even the garage should be
free from oils and stains. If you have pets, all dirt and odors should be removed
before you leave. By doing so, there would be no reason for you not get the
security deposit in full amount.