Moving Out Part 3: The Move Out Inspection Checklist

Posted on August 4, 2015

Move-Out Inspection Checklist

We KNOW you want your deposit back right? And we want to send it to you. It’s either you or our contractors, and we’d rather have happy customers! Here’s a starting point checklist of items to check for the move out inspection. Handling these will go a long way toward getting all your deposit back!
Clean your stove inside and outside. 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 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 and bars are in. (You’d be surprised how expenses those fridge bars are…. those and window blind wands!).
Clean the cabinets inside and out and on top. Be sure you left no crumbs or cleaning residue. The next tenants won’t like those!
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 or powder residue. Don’t use harsh or abrasive cleaners or scrubbers as they will scratch or damage the surface. Scrubbing bubbles or a multipurpose cleaner should be fine.
GENERAL (All rooms and other areas)
Replace burnt out bulbs. We turn them on. Not working, then there’s a charge for replacing them.
Clean all light fixtures, inside and out. We turn them on, if they are yuck, you get dinged. Broken or missing? Bigger deal…
Make sure all window screens are undamaged and securely in place.
Replace any broken doorstops.
Clean windows inside and out, wipe window sills and any blinds.
Any blinds or curtain rods attached to the woodwork should remain in place and be in operable condition with wands. These are best dusted with a feather duster or a soft cloth.
Wipe down all baseboards, vents and closet shelves.
Wipe fingerprints from on and around all doors, outlet covers, and light switches.
Vacuum all carpet (stairs also). Sweep and Mop all hard floor areas.
* Although all units with carpet will have the carpet cleaned professionally, and deducted from the security deposit, per the lease agreement, the cost will be more if a cleaning crew must vacuum the floors before the carpet cleaning company comes in. Carpet cleaners do not generally vacuum first.
Remove all belongings and trash.  Be sure to tag your trash.
TRASH. Throw all trash into appropriate trash receptacles. Remove all belongings from inside and outside your residence including the porch areas and yards, including personal items, throw rugs, shower curtains, etc, but leave the rods, since we provide those.
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. Be sure all extinguishers are present and full.
SMOKE ALARMS. Replace used batteries in the smoke alarms and any broken doorstops. Push button: beep, beep? Good!
Painting and drywall repair may be done by the lessee prior to move out or the cost will be deducted from the security deposit. Come by the office if you need to touch up paint or spackle.  Be sure to use the correct paint and rollers. Doing it wrong will cost A LOT more than having someone else do it! Seriously, a few spots might be ignored or could be touched up, but lots of off color “fixes” will make it necessary to repaint entire areas.
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 any garage door openers.

Thank you once again for choosing to live with us. If you take the time to do maintenance and cleanup, it will go a long way toward reducing any deductions from your security deposit. Remember, even if you think you’ve trashed a place, every little bit can help because you could be billed for more than just the full amount of your deposit, and that would not be fun for any of us.

Best wishes for your move, and let us know how we can help!