There will come a time when you feel you want to move from your rented house or apartment. It might be because you get a job elsewhere or because your family is growing or shrinking, and you need more or less space. It might be because you are buying somewhere to live and no longer want to rent at all. It could be for any number of reasons, but the one thing that moving often means is stress, no matter why it is happening.
Moving out of a rented property is just as stressful as moving out of the one you own for many people, but it doesn’t have to be this way. There are several things you can do to ensure it is as smooth a process as possible.
When you move from your property, whether you’re moving into another rented home or you are buying a property, you will need to complete a lot of paperwork. There will be all kinds of forms and relevant documents to read through, complete, sign, date, and initial. Leaving this to the last minute will make the process a lot more stress, and it could even delay your move altogether.
The best thing you can do with this paperwork is to complete it as soon as you receive it. Once it is completed, take a copy for your own records. This will be useful as a way to remember what you have or haven’t yet done regarding the move, and it will be helpful just in case something goes missing – a copy is better than nothing in many situations.
When completing the paperwork, stay calm and work through it methodically. Rushing won’t help you, and you could make mistakes.
Clean the Property
If you want to be sure of getting your bond back, there are several tasks you will need to perform. One of these is most likely to be an end of tenancy clean. This is much more than a quick run around with the vacuum cleaner and wipe over dusty surfaces; this kind of clean is deep and takes many hours to complete.
Most people don’t have the patience, time, or skills required to do this work by themselves. The good news is there are cleaning companies that specialize in end of lease cleaning, and they can be hired to do the job for you.
Get Your Timing Right
Timing is crucial when it comes to moving out of a rented property. If you pay your rent months in advance, you will want to ensure you don’t over or underpay, depending on your date or moving. The best thing you can do is to choose a date that falls before your next rent payment is due to move out. That way, you won’t have to pay any additional rent on your current property.
Doing this also means that your first rent payment for your new property (or your first mortgage payment) will come out on the same day as your old payment did, which will help you to continue to budget, and you won’t be out of pocket.