Moving out of an apartment can be stressful. There’s so much to keep track of! But it’s not impossible. And the more organized you are about it, the less stress you’ll feel about shifting homes. At Advance Moving and Storage, we are movers who are here to help you have the best move possible in Greenville, New Bern, Kinston, NC, and surrounding areas. We’re dedicated to making sure you get everything you need on your next move. Large and small moves welcome – whether you’re local, intrastate, or interstate – our courteous, experienced personnel are ready to help. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, no matter what you need, our dedicated staff is ready to help. Call Advance Moving and Storage, Inc. for all of your moving needs in Eastern NC.
Moving Out Checklist
There’s so much to consider when leaving an apartment besides packing your stuff. This checklist is handy for all your move out needs.
- Give proper notice- Check your lease to know exactly how much time you need to give before moving out of your apartment. Apartment communities can require notice of 30, 60, or even 90 days, so make sure you check this well in advance. If you don’t give proper notice, you could lose your security deposit or be held responsible for several months’ rent. The delivery method should also be specified in your lease. Usually, a written notice is required.
- Know what you owe- If you paid first and last month’s rent in addition to a security deposit when you moved in, be aware that the security deposit and last month’s rent are different, even though the amounts might be the same. The security deposit covers any damages to the apartment. The last month’s rent, which you paid when you signed the lease, means you won’t owe a final payment at the end of your lease term. Even though the amounts may be the same, your security deposit can’t be used to cover your last month’s rent.
- Contact your renter’s insurance lender- Notify your lender about your move. Be aware that your premiums may be adjusted based on your new apartment. Depending on your policy, you may have 30 days to contact them about your move, but it’s a good idea to do this as soon as possible. Some renters insurance will cover belongings during a move, so now is a good time to review your policy and ask questions, as well.
- Contact your utility providers- Make sure you tell your utility providers that you’re moving so they can cut your utilities at the right time. That way you won’t be paying extra after you move.
- Fix everything you can– You want to make sure you get your security deposit back, so fix all the issues you see: dings, scratches, holes, pet stains, etc. There are a lot of home hacks online to help ensure you get your deposit back.
- Clean, clean, clean- Apartment complexes often require you to clean your apartment completely before handing the keys back. You might also consider hiring a moving service to help you.
- Take pictures- Once your apartment is sparkly clean, take a few pictures! Not for the memories, but just in case you need proof of the apartment’s condition. If your landlord spots something after you move out, you can refer to your pictures to see if it is something you overlooked or if it possibly occurred after you vacated the property.
- Change your address- You can do this at your local post office or online at usps.com. Be sure to give your new address to anyone who might send you mail.
At Advance Moving and Storage, Inc., we specialize in making your move as easy as possible. With over 20 years of experience, we’re ready to help you settle in your new home with ease and comfort. Contact us today for all your moving and packing needs!