Elkins Apartments Move Out Checklist

Posted on July 31, 2013

Prepping for your Move-Out Inspection: An example checklist

So you are getting ready to move out? You’ve checked your balance, kept the utilities on, and all the rest of our Key Move-Out Information Steps? Please read your lease for more information about move out procedures, costs, and expectations.

Want some guidance with some of the things you should clean? Here is an additional, but not an all inclusive list, of items to check for the move out inspection:

Clean stove. Clean under burners. Lift stove lid and clean. Clean oven and broiler and burner pans. Be sure to leave broiler pans. Clean under stove. Clean above cabinets.
Clean the refrigerator and freezer and seals. Be sure to leave ice-cube trays and ice-cube containers.  Pull refrigerator out and clean the floor underneath and wipe off the top. Wipe down outside of appliances as well. Make sure all shelves are in.
Clean the cabinets inside and out and on top.
Sweep and mop the floor. Dust the baseboards.
Thoroughly clean tubs, toilets, sinks, mirrors, cabinets, closets, and mop the floors. (There should be no soap scum)
Clean windows, wipe window sills and blinds.
Dust base boards and vents and closet shelves.
Wipe fingerprints off all doors and light switches.
Vacuum all carpet (stairs also).*
Any blinds or curtain rods attached to the woodwork should remain in place and be in operable condition with wands.
Remove all belongings and trash.  Be sure to tag your trash. Sweep. Return any garage door openers to the office.
Throw all trash into appropriate trash receptacles. Remove all belongings from inside and outside your residence including the porch areas and yards. Replace burnt out light bulbs with the correct type and wattage for the fixture.  Clean all light fixtures, wipe down door handles, switch plates & outlet plates. Wipe out window sills. Replace used batteries in the smoke alarms and any broken doorstops. Be sure the fire extinguisher is full. Clean laundry room. Clean up cobwebs. Make sure all window screens are intact and in place.
Cleaning and Painting will be done by the lessee prior to move out or the cost will be deducted from the security deposit. Call the office if you need to touch up paint or spackle: 339-2859.  (Be sure to use the correct paint and rollers. Doing it wrong will cost more than having someone else do it!). Note, having the unit painted if there is damage to the paint is an included line item in your lease and is specifically not ‘normal’ wear and tear.
Carpet cleaning is an included charge in all units with carpet. Carpets must be swept of all debris prior to move out in order to prepare for the carpet cleaning, or an additional cleaning charge will be incurred in order to prepare the carpet for the carpet cleanings (carpet cleaners do not typically vacuum, just fyi).*
All keys (including mail keys) must be returned to our office by 5 p.m. on the last day of your lease.  Keys shall be placed in a sealed envelope along with the address of the leased premises and delivered to the Elkins Apartments front desk.  If all keys are not returned within the specified time frame, they will be assumed lost or stolen and the locks will be changed at your expense. Any locks not installed by Elkins Apartments on bedroom doors must be removed.
Return all modems, cords, garage door openers.

*  Having the carpets professionally cleaned is included in your lease and will be done at all locations with carpet. The expense will be higher if the carpets have not already been carefully vacuumed because the carpets cleaners will have to do that first, and in some cases will have to make more than one trip, which would increase your move-out costs.

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