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. Start early! Waiting until the day before, or day of, means you won’t be able to do a good job. That will be anxiety filled for you, and liekly costly too. It takes a considerable amount of time to fully clear, clean, and repair a place! Seriously, it got the way it is in about a year (or more), right?!

Want some guidance with some of the things you should clean? Well, everything! This includes all walls, baseboards, cabinets, floors, ceiling fans, doors, door handles, outlets and light switches, vents, appliances… the whole place. When in doubt, clean it!

Here is an additional, but not an all inclusive list, of items to check for the move out inspection:

Clean stovetop and oven. Clean under burners. Lift stove lid and clean. Clean oven and broiler and burner pans THOROUGHLY. Replace if cannot be cleaned. Be sure to leave broiler pans. Clean under stove. Clean range hood (the exhaust fan thing above it). 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 microwave, inside and out, including fan filters if applicable (if it is above stove and has a fan function).
Clean dishwasher. Empty filter (usually in bottom). Run dishwasher through one cycle empty, and wipe down outside.
Clean the cabinets inside and out and on top.
Clean all light fixtures, fans, and light switches.
Sweep and mop the floor. Dust/clean the baseboards.
Run garbage disposal to ensure is clean and works.
Thoroughly clean tubs, toilets (ALL interior AND exterior surfaces, around the base too), sinks, mirrors, cabinets, closets, and mop the floors. (There should be no soap scum)
Clean walls, ceiling, and any ceiling or exhaust fans.
Clean base boards and vents and any closet shelves.
Clean windows, wipe window sills and blinds.
Clean base boards and vents and closet shelves.
Clean all doors, door handles, outlets and light switches.
Dust & clean all light fixtures, ceiling fans and vents.
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. 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.
Be sure all trash fits in your trash container and if taken to the curb on the correct day and/or you schedule extra pickup through your CBU portal. Fines from the city, and paying folks to haul you stuff if expensive. Speaking of stuff, you have options for getting rid of different types of stuff, even big items.
Screens. Make sure screens are installed, in working condition, and have no tears or damage.
Bulbs. Replace all 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.
Replace 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.
Be sure the fire extinguisher is full.
Clean laundry room. Clean up cobwebs.
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: 812.339.2859.  (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. Pro tip: Magic Erasers, used gently, can often remove wall, floor, and other marks. Too busy? Hire a local cleaning co or painters (get approval and paint codes for painting though, otherwise you risk making it much worse, and much more expensive)
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 garage door openers.

Pro tip: To avoid large cleaning and maintenance fees, deep clean every and all things, even those not mentioned above. Clean it as if you were a detail-oriented new tenant moving in.

See also:
I’ve got stuff. What can I do with it?
Key Move-Out Information Steps