Living in a rental has its upsides and downsides – while there’s the added pressure of having to put aside a significant portion of your salary to pay rent, it also excludes the administrative responsibilities of ownership. In addition to this, both a positive and negative side of living in a rental is that you can end up moving around quite a lot. While this adds a dose of flexibility to your life, especially if you dislike the apartment you are renting, it can also be frustrating. If you are moving out of a rental, here are principal considerations that should concern you.
A landlord issue
The most important item you need to dust off before you start packing is your lease. You need to inspect all the terms closely to see if you are following all the necessary arrangements to a T. This document exists to protect both you and your landlord and it’s important to make sure that you are not in breach of contract.
This is also important for another reason – if you have to move out due to some unpredictable circumstances. After a close inspection of the lease, you can negotiate more confidently with your landlord and adjust your attitude, depending on how exceptional your moving requirements are. Ending everything on good terms with your landlord will also influence your references, not to mention the security deposit.
A matter of helping hands
Right before you start packing, you need to address a matter of helping hands. Most people, in order to save money, rely on their friends or family to help them carry out the bulkier things and arrange all the boxes in the back of a car. If one of the people at your disposal owns a minivan, it makes matters even easier. If you have an opportunity to rent a moving van which you can drive yourself, it’s an excellent time-saver and a sound solution.
Still, if you own a lot of things and you live in a bigger apartment that is packed with stuff, you should probably consider hiring professional help. For instance, these removalists from Sydney’s Inner West offer efficient help for a reasonable price. Most professionals that work for such companies have years of experience behind them, and they will definitely know how to tackle your move even in case of remarkable circumstances.
Securing that sweet deposit
While the very act of moving doesn’t take long – typically, it does not last longer than two or three days – it is the very preparation and everything that comes before it which presents an issue. Both you and your landlord need ample time to prepare for the move, and a month before the due notice or a little bit over that is the most common practice. You can (and should) use this time window to secure that sweet deposit. In fact, this should be one of the most important items on your checklist.
Firstly, you need to comb through your apartment for any signs of technical issues and wear and tear. What you can turn into a DIY arrangement, you should do as fast as you can – but it’s usually not that simple. You can either spend money on repairmen or notify your landlord. Who knows, some of the repairs might fall under some sort of building-related clause and it can be done without spending a dime.
Additionally, do not hand in the keys unless you’ve cleaned the entire place until it shines. This will make it appear as if the apartment was well-kept (which it probably was) and easy to manage for the landlord, especially if they decide to rent it out to someone else as quickly as possible. Furthermore, every experienced landlord will notice the effort you have put into the cleaning, returning the flat into the state before you moved in, and this will almost certainly increase your chances of getting that deposit back.
When you come down to it, relocation is a rewarding experience that opens a whole range of new opportunities for you. However, in order to reap this reward as fast as you can, you need to organize your move-out as efficiently as you can. This is why it is important to address at least some of the principal considerations mentioned above. A smooth moving process will make everyone’s life easier – both yours and that of your former landlord.
by Lillian Connors