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Easy rental home moving checklist

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rental home moving
June 7, 2014 |

Moving from a rental home involves a different set of rules to follow then moving from a home you own. Although you may believe it is much easier to move from a rental property, you may be surprised to learn there is much to consider in the process. Check out our 10 step rental home moving checklist below.

  1. Notify your landlord. Most lease agreements state that you must notify your landlord at least 30 days prior to leaving the property. This means you have to either send a written or verbal notice of your move to your landlord. The sooner you do this the better.
  2. Review your rental agreement. Make sure that there are no hidden fees for damaged property or for clean up fees. If there are, do your best to remedy the situation before it becomes a bigger issue to your pocket book.
  3. Hold a garage sale or use Craigslist. Don’t pay for expensive movers to move your junk. Instead, get rid of most of it by having a yard sale (if your landlord permits).
  4. Cancel any security subscriptions. Make sure to cancel your security system contract before you move so you aren’t paying for the next tenant’s security.
  5. Ask for a copy of your Landlord’s cleaning checklist. You likely want to get your deposit back and the only way you can do that is through landlord approval. Follow the checklist implicitly.
  6. Find out if and where deposit deductions will be made. This refers to your rental agreement. Make sure there are no surprise fees after you leave so you aren’t counting on a certain amount back from your landlord.
  7. Provide your landlord with your new address. This ensures that they can contact you if a problem arises on either end.
  8. Order new checks and business cards. Update any items that include your address to make sure they are in line with your new life. This will prevent any important documents from being sent to the wrong address. Checks are particularly important to update as banks may not accept checks with incorrect addresses.
  9. Cancel utilities so you don’t receive someone else’s bill. Call your utility providers as soon as you find out you will be moving. This will save you from arguing with companies about what you should have to pay.
  10. Pack an emergency kit. Any important information you may require for your new home should be packed in this kit. Birth and marriage certificates are of the up-most priority.

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