Five years–that’s the average amount of time a tenant occupies a condo unit. Changes in living situation or a desire to invest can often push people to move somewhere else. Of course, this isn’t always the case: you might end up staying at your place for a good long time. If you do have to move out, however, make sure you make the place habitable for the next occupant. No one wants to stay in a place that obviously looks, feels, and smells extremely lived-in.
James, a resident of a Megaworld at The Fort apartment, talks about the inconvenience related to bad turnover at his previous apartment. “It’s really just common courtesy and I guess they didn’t have that,” he says of the previous tenants. “The walls were peeling and a cabinet door was falling off, I had to do a lot of work to get everything back in good condition. If I had a choice, like I do now, I would have stayed elsewhere.”
Stories like his aren’t uncommon and just prove that some people aren’t concerned with proper turnover. Think of it as reciprocal thing: would you want to be on the receiving end of a place that’s seen better days? If your answer is a resounding no, check out our quick tips on how to move out the right way.
Dispose of the Unnecessary
Prior to moving out, remember to do a quick inventory of all your stuff. Take note of the things you don’t need and get rid of them. You can do this and make a little money on the side with a garage sale. Invite neighbors and tenants from other floors to drop by and see if they would like to purchase any of your old things. Advertise your sale by placing an ad in the lobby or asking the concierge to help you hand out some fliers. You can also contact building administration or maintenance and ask them about local scrapyards and thrift stores where you can bring or donate your things to.
Prior to moving out, remember to do a quick inventory of all your stuff.
Do Cleaning & Maintenance
Leaky faucets, blinking lights, loose windows and the like should receive the proper maintenance. As much as possible, avoid having the next tenant deal with these problems. Some people even hire professional cleaners to get their place looking as pristine as possible before handing the keys over. If a last day clean-up is too monumental a task, take care of the place bit by bit. One weekend can be devoted entirely to fixing the kitchen, while bathroom maintenance can fall on the week after that. Make sure that everything is scheduled appropriately, so you don’t run out of time and miss some important things.
Accomplish Packing and Inventory
A week to three days prior to your move, remember to take complete inventory of everything you own. Start packing things up for the big day. Invest in padded packaging and lots of tape. You can ask for assistance from friends and family members or neighbors with whom you’ve built a relationship over the years. Everything should be accounted for so you leave nothing behind. If you have a lot of things to track, you can try a room-by-day scheme to make things more manageable. Clearly label all boxes to make item location easier once you reach your new place.
Hand Over Apartment Essentials
When you move in, the condo association provides you with a welcome kit. This usually includes the keys, appliance remote controls, and owner’s manual. Everything should be handed over to the new tenants. All contents will be important for the next owners. Contracts and other documents will be proof of residency, which will come in handy when they need to present evidence of ownership. They also signify that they are now in possession of the property. If you’re simply leasing out the property, make sure that you have copies of everything in the kit for your own reference. Finally, before vacating, provide the new tenants with your contact info just in case they need to be in touch.
It’s important to leave a place the exact same way you found it. As a landlord, you’ll profit more from the exchange and, person to person, it’s the right thing to do.
As a landlord, you’ll profit more from the exchange and, person to person, it’s the right thing to do.
How do you prepare for moving out? Do you have tips to make it easier? Share it with us in the comments.