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Moving Out Checklist

Set a moveout date & provide written notice

  • Submit a written notice to vacate at least 60 days before your lease end date (30 days for Seattle).
  • Complete the Notice to Vacate form provided by your Renewal Coordinator and include a signature on your notice for every resident on your lease.
Do a general deep cleaning

  • Kitchens – clean all surfaces, including cabinets, countertops, sinks, etc.
  • Bathrooms – clean all surfaces, including sinks, tubs, toilets, bathtub surrounds, etc.
  • Appliances – emptied, clean, and free of damage, such as broken parts.
  • Ensure all personal property, furniture, and trash is removed from the home.
  • If you have pets, please eliminate pet odors and repair damage caused by pets.
Check and clean walls, windows, and floors
  • Walls, doors, and trim – Wipe down all surfaces and ensure they are undamaged. Any painting should be corner to corner or done by a professional. Improper painting or patching could cause a deposit reduction.
  • Carpet – Have the carpet professionally cleaned and confirm that all stains are removed. Please leave a copy of your receipt in the home.
  • Other flooring surfaces – Ensure that all other flooring (tile, laminate, wood, vinyl, etc.) is clean and free of any discoloration or residue.
  • Make sure all hardware is still in place and functional, including doorknobs, blinds, shower rods, door stops, towel bars, closet door guides, etc.
Maintain the outside of your home
  • Driveways – Leave driveways and garages free of oil, maintain landscaping stains. If necessary, have your driveway power-washed.
  • Landscaping – Ensure the landscape is well-maintained:
    • Have the lawn mowed, edged, and weed controlled
    • Cover flower beds with mulch to protect from weeds
    • Don't forget to trim trees (up to 10 feet high), hedges, and shrubs to be one foot away from the home
  • Pest Control – Ensure pest control service has been scheduled within the last three months of residency.
  • Pools – If applicable, ensure that any pool alarms and provided equipment are still in place and functioning properly. Verify that all gates, pool fences, and other access points to the pool are closed.
  • Home Exterior – If your home had window screens at the start of your lease, make sure they're in good condition. If you had a satellite dish mounted, please have it professionally removed.
Do a final check

  • Leave all garage remotes on the kitchen countertop.
  • Install new HVAC air filters.
  • Replace any light bulbs that are not working.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and Smart Home equipment, if needed.
  • Ensure all personal property, furniture, and trash is removed from the home.
  • Place your house keys in the lockbox provided at your Pre-Move Out Visit.
Plan ahead to make your move easy
  • Forward Your Mail
    • Arrange via usps.com to have your mail forwarded on to your new address.
  • Cancel Utilities & Services
    • Make sure you have canceled all services (Internet, electricity, cable, etc.) before you move.
  • Schedule Movers Ahead of Time
    • Use a reputable moving service or ask someone to help you with your move.
  • Organize and Label Your Boxes
    • Before you start packing, make sure you have tape, boxes, packing paper, markers, and labels.
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