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Moving Out Made Easy: Your Ultimate Guide to a Stress-Free Exit

Are you gearing up for the big move? Whether you're upgrading, downsizing, or simply relocating, the process of moving out of a leased property can be both exciting and stressful. Fear not! This guide will help you navigate the moving-out process with ease and confidence.

1. Give Notice

First things first, check your lease for the required notice period, typically 30 to 60 days prior to the lease termination date. Inform your landlord in writing to avoid any misunderstandings. Clear communication is key to a hassle-free move.

2. Pre-inspection meet up

Invite your agent over to discuss any specific requirements like professional cleaning and maintenance to ensure that they are conducted up to standard. A quick walk-through and first inspection can save you from unnecessary deductions from your security deposit.


3. Deep Clean Your Space

A clean home is a happy home – and a full security deposit is a happy bank account! A simple scrub won’t make the cut. We’re talking grease stains, soap residue, water stains, fat and oil accumulation…you get the just of it. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, as these areas often require the most elbow grease.

4. Conduct Repairs

Fix any minor damages you caused during your stay. Patch up nail holes, replace burnt-out light bulbs, tighten loose screws and remember to use the same paint code and professional contractors to do any paint work. For bigger issues, consult your lease or reach out to your landlord for guidance.

5. FINAL Inspection

Schedule a final walk-through with your agent. This is your chance to address any concerns they might have. Document the condition of the property with photos or videos for your records. At this point no further maintenance or cleaning will be allowed.

6. Return Keys

Hand over all keys, garage remotes, and access cards. Remember that remotes have to be fully functional and in working condition.

NB!: The timeline for returning keys must be adhered to as stipulated in the lease or communicated by your agent.


7. Security Deposit

Your security deposit should be returned within the timeframe specified in your lease, typically 30 days. If deductions are made, request an itemised list of deposit calculations.

By following these steps, you’ll ensure the return of your deposit and a smooth, stress-free transition to your new home. Happy moving!


Written by Jenny-Lynne Roos


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