Even with the best of intentions, things inevitably get overlooked when moving. Although you might be an organized person who creates a list of items to do before moving out, without fail, some things will get missed. The problem is that what you might consider something insignificant, your apartment manager or landlord may see as a big deal, even to the point of it costing you some or all of your security deposit.
An apartment guide is essential not only to help you get organized for your upcoming move but also as protection against a financial penalty or perhaps a lawsuit. When well-written, this type of guide covers multiple things that you need to do to get your home in perfect condition for the new tenant but also the manager or landlord. The guide will help you stay on track, thereby ensuring the best outcome possible.
An excellent apartment guide includes things like those listed below.
- Bathrooms – You should not forget to scrub the bathroom tile, bleach the grout, clean out the cabinets, make the mirror sparkle, clean the toilet, disinfect all surfaces, and if necessary, replace the toilet seat.
- Bedrooms – An excellent apartment guide includes line items with check boxes for dusting, vacuuming, and mopping after having your furniture removed.
- Kitchen – For this room, you can go down the list to accomplish things like cleaning out drawers, cleaning the refrigerator, stove, and built-in microwave, pulling the stove and refrigerator out to sweep and mop, polishing the sink and faucets, and disinfecting the surfaces.
- Miscellaneous – The guide also lists things that people often forget about doing. As an example, you have a reminder in front of you to wash the windowsills, walls, and baseboards as well as clean and disinfect door knobs, drawer pulls, outlet covers, and light switches. Other miscellaneous actions include eliminating cobwebs inside of the home, sweeping and mopping hard floor surfaces, vacuuming and shampooing carpeted areas, filling nail holes, and dusting every surface, including shelf space above kitchen cabinets.