Tenant Move-Out Procedures that Ensure a Smooth Transition

Whether you’re moving onto your next rental or into your newest home purchase, Specialized Property Management is here to make the transition out of your current rental home as seamless and stress-free as possible. As the leading rental property management Atlanta, GA, has to offer, we have created a few guidelines to help you prepare for your move out, once your lease has come to an end.

Preparing to Move Out

After you have given your leasing agent final notice that you intend to move out upon your lease expiration, it is time to prepare the property. Per your leasing agreement, you must return the rental property to a good and clean condition, much like it was upon your move in. At Specialized Property Management, the rental property management Atlanta, GA, residents trust, we recommend that you contact your leasing agent for a detailed checklist to ensure that you are meeting your lease terms’ move out procedures. Here is a brief overview of the of the items that need to be cleaned and addressed throughout the home before your move out date:

Remove all personal items – This includes all furniture, fixtures, and hardware that you brought with you into the home. Please replace all items that were original to the home at the time of your move in. Don’t forget to walk through the garage and remove your items! Many people forget about this important step.

Remove all trash from the premises –  It is vital that you arrange to have all trash removed from the property before move out. Be sure to remove any trash or items from the recycling bins as well. You should also schedule one final trash and recycling pick up with your service provider before you discontinue service and remove your name from that utility.

Thoroughly clean appliances – In addition to wiping down countertops, stovetops, cabinets, and drawers, you are responsible for cleaning the interior and exterior of these common appliances:

    • Microwaves
    • Oven
    • Range Hoods
    • Refrigerator
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Trash Compactors

Clean and disinfect bathrooms – Paying careful attention to sinks, toilets, and showers, use non-abrasive solutions or solvents to clean each bathroom. Don’t forget to wipe down all mirrors and faucets to remove water spots, dirt, and grime.

Clean all flooring – We recommend that you have the carpets professionally cleaned. It is also imperative that you wash and remove all stains or marks from non-carpeted floors.

Wipe down walls and windows – Wash all windows on the interior and exterior of the home as well as securing all screens upon completion. When tending to the walls, be sure to wipe them down with a simple solution of water and dish soap. Don’t forget to wipe down hallways, baseboards, and light switch plates and clear out any cobwebs.

Yard care and clean up – If your lease agreement stipulates that you are responsible for lawn care, then you must trim and remove debris from the yard and mow that lawn before your move out.

Repair damage –  If you, your pets, or your guests have caused any damage to the home during your stay, you must repair or replace what has been damaged before moving out.

On Your Last Day

The day has finally come. Now you must completely vacate the property with all of your belongings. Once that is complete, tenants are asked to return all keys (including spares, mailbox keys, etc.), by noon on the final day. It is important that you make sure that you schedule all utilities to be taken out of your name on the last day of your lease agreement. This ensures that the property is ready to have its new tenants coordinate utility services upon their move in without interruption.

Common Move Out Questions

As the premier rental property management Atlanta, GA, residents count on for quality customer service, we want to answer some frequently asked questions regarding what happens after you move out. Common questions include:

When will I receive my security deposit refund? The residential lease agreement that you signed at move in explains, in detail, the agreed upon refund procedure. It also describes ways you can avoid incurring additional charges upon move out.

What is considered normal wear and tear of a property? You will not be charged for ordinary wear and tear of the property. Ordinary wear and tear are considered to be the natural and gradual deterioration of the property over time that is the result of the tenant’s normal use of the residence. The extent of the damage, length of residency, and character and construction of the building are all considered when determining what is considered ordinary wear and tear.

What kinds of damage might I be charged for? Damage beyond ordinary wear and tear will cause you to incur additional charges, such as:

    • Negligence – This refers to damage that could have been avoided. This includes issues that escalated and caused greater damage as a result of the tenant’s failure to report it promptly to the owner or rental property management. Atlanta, GA, tenants are encouraged to always report issues as soon as it is noticed to protect the property as well as uphold the lease agreement.
    • Abuse You will also be charged if you knowingly abuses or misuses the property. This includes making changes to the property without written approval.
    • Accidental Damage – Even though the tenant didn’t intentionally damage the property, they are still financially responsible for the damage.

The Rental Property Management Atlanta, GA, Residents Depend On

For more than 35 years, Specialized Property Management has helped families and individuals transition in and out of rental homes with the utmost professionalism. We hope that you have enjoyed your stay and that we have been able to answer your questions regarding the move out process. We wish you all the best in the future. If you have any further questions, please contact one of our friendly representatives or visit your local office for more information.

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