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Moving out of your apartment can be a hectic time. There are a lot of things to do and it can be hard to keep track of everything. The process may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. With proper planning and preparation, you can move out of your off-campus apartment smoothly and stress-free. Follow our guide on what you need to do to prepare for move-out day.

Plan Ahead

First and foremost, try to slowly begin the process of moving out so that you aren’t forced to do everything all in one day. If you do something small every day, you can speed up the process and make life easier on yourself. Maybe that means bringing home some things that you absolutely won’t need for the last few weeks of school. Or at least beginning the process of organizing and cleaning your room so it’s ready to go when move-in day hits. 

Fortunately with fully-furnished apartments, the move-in process won’t require too much heavy lifting on your end. You can skip the struggle of figuring out how to bring home big furniture like couches, chairs, bed frames, mattresses etc… This also means that a U-Haul won’t be necessary, so you’ll be saving money too!

Pack Smart

If you’re ready to start the process of packing up your apartment consider the following tips: Start with clothes. Packing clothes is a lot easier than packing other items. Plus, it’s a good way to get in the habit of putting your things in boxes. Next, you will want to pack up other personal items and decorations you may have brought with you. Bubble wrap or newspaper is a smart investment for packing up your fragile or breakable items. 

Give your apartment a deep clean

Its easy to get busy and simply not clean your apartment when you are living in it. After all, there are plenty of things to do between classes, school-work, and socializing. However, when you are about to move out, it is important to give your apartment a thorough cleaning.

If you don’t already have them, it is a good idea to purchase cleaning wipes, glass cleaner, and bathroom and kitchen cleaning supplies. You will need this to wipe down the kitchen counters, bathroom counter, sinks, cabinets, and anywhere that has collected dust or dirt. Also, please make sure to vacuum all carpets and sweep the floors. 

Please do not leave any garbage or food behind. All trash should be taken out before you leave. The fridge should be removed of all food and don’t forget about frozen items in the freezer! After you take out all food and refrigerator items, please wipe down the shelves in the fridge and all other kitchen appliances including the oven, stove, microwave, and dish washer.

Make sure that absolutely everything is cleared out of the apartment. Triple check all drawers, cabinets, and rooms for your belongings. We would hate for something important to you being misplaced or lost in the process of moving out. When you do your last check, the apartment should look like how it did when you first moved in. 

Do a Final Walkthrough of Your Apartment

One of the most important things to do is to do a final walkthrough of your apartment. This is when you check the condition of your apartment and make sure that everything is in order. The best way to do a final walkthrough is to make a list of everything that you need to check. This way, you can make sure that you don’t forget anything. Here are some things that you should put on your list:- Check for any damage to the walls, floors, or ceilings- Make sure that all of the appliances are in working order- Check for any leaks- Test all of the lights- Make sure that the windows and doors are in good condition- Make sure that all of your personal belongings are out of the apartment. Once you have made your list, go through each item and check it off as you go. If you find any problems, be sure to document them. This way, you can be sure that you will get your security deposit back.

Return Your Keys to Your Landlord

Student housing is typically a lease agreement, which means that you’ll have to return the keys to your landlord when you move out. 

Say goodbye to your roommates and friends

Lastly, the final thing you should do is say goodbye to your roommates and friends at school. Enjoy your summer and we are looking forward to seeing you back on campus in the Fall!