By: Asad Butt
Last Updated: January 16, 2019

Complete Moving Out Checklist For Landlords, Tenants And House Owners | Covers Apartments And Houses

Checklist | Move out

It's time to move out. You have successfully managed your packing, loading and removal company has just left. Time for a move-out but wait! You can not just leave. You need to make sure the property is in great condition or you might lose out on deposit or may false huge claims.

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A move in or move out checklist is crucial for a smooth house move. It makes sure, no corners are left unturned. It is important that we know the expectations in place for all parties. Our complete move out checklist covers all the areas for a residential property. This move out checklist could be used by landlords, letting agents, house owners, and the renters.

What is a move out checklist?

A move-out checklist is a document usually attached to the original lease agreement. It usually includes the following:

  • Property condition expectations
  • move in procedures
  • move in obligations
  • move out procedures
  • move out obligations
  • Cleaning list
  • Inventory list

It is very much similar to a car hire agreement with columns for both lease out checks and returns checks.

How does move out checklist work?

As a tenant, you need to inspect the property and agree to the conditions stated in the move in checklist, at the time of the contract.

When moving out, the landlord will go through the same list and make sure the property is in the same condition as the move in checklist states and will sign and give you a copy.

Meeting the expectations outlined on a move out checklist are important for the return of a security deposit. It works both ways.

  • It helps the property owners in making sure their property is in order.
  • It also helps the moving out party, as a piece of evidence if any disputed arise later on. A completed, a signed checklist has legal value in the claims court, if the matter ever reaches there.

Move out checklist and security deposit

You should get your deposit back in 10 working days of vacating the property, provided, both, you and your landlord agree how much you’ll get back and if you successfully:

  • meet the terms of your tenancy agreement
  • don’t damage the property
  • pay your rent and bills

It is better to make sure your deposit is put in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme (TDP). In England and Wales, your deposit will be registered with any of the following by your landlord or agent and you will get a document stating that

If there is a dispute, your deposit is protected in the TDP scheme until the issue is resolved.

A completed, signed, move out checklist by both parties can be used as a piece of evidence, in case of a dispute.

Do I need to paint when I move out?

Not necessarily. If the property is in a similar condition and is not in a state of repair when you move out, it is not required.

If there is a need for paint because, at the time of your contract, it was in a better state than now, You are liable for it. Either, you can get it done yourself or you will be charged for it.

Move out checklist for floors

  • Wash and mop all the floors.
  • Look for any stains, holes or marks and clear them properly.
  • Check the carpets and remove any stains and marks and vacuum it through. If the carpets need deep cleaning, arrange for a professional cleaning service, well in time.
  • Pet stains and odor is a common problem. Make sure you arrange for the right treatment.

Move out checklist for windows

  • Windows are a common target for mould and mildew.
  • Take the curtains down to have through look.
  • Clean any mould, mildew, marks and stains.
  • Clean the frame and handles prpopersly.
  • Clean the glass inside out.
  • If you have blinds installed, make sure they are functional.
  • Dust and clean the blinds properly.
  • Make sure all the handles and locks are in order and all the keys are present.
  • Remove any marks from curtains and apply treatment or request cleaning service if necessary.

Move out checklist for walls

  • Make sure you prperly clean or wash (if applicatble) walls. Make sure the areas near or above heaters aere clean.
  • Electical switches are most frequesntly used. Make sure you clean then throughly
  • Remove all hooks, nails, mounting wax and screws from the walls.
  • Properly patch all holes using fillers where neceassary.
  • Double check for cobwebs and moulds. Clean and brush where necessary.
  • Patch and repaint any holes. Make sure the paint matches the surroundings properly. You might have to paint the whole wall.
  • Clean fans, fan blades and mounted air conditioning unit.

Move out checklist for bedrooms

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  • Mould is a serious issue with the most bedroom. Many times we come to notice mould when moving furniture for the house move. Clean all mildew and mould and use any treatment if necessary.
  • Check all drawers and cabinets and clean them throughly. Leave them open.
  • check the carpet, if it's in good condition, deep vacuum it. If it needs treatment, consult your cleaning company.

Move out checklist for bathrooms

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  • Check the electric shower. Make sure it's working properly. Clean it through.
  • Check the walls, tiles, corners, under the sink and toilet for mildew and mold and clean it through.
  • Check that the toilet is working properly. clean it with proper cleaning lequid and make sure there are no stains or smells.
  • Clean the shelves and mirrors.
  • Check the cabinets and all the drawers and clean them through.
  • Use proper cleaning material and clean the bathtub, shower, sink, and toilet and make sure you sanitize them properly.
  • Wash all tiles and clean grout.
  • Clean electric switches, exhaust fans inside out and lights.

Move out checklist for garden/lawn

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  • Make sure you clean and tidy the garden and any sheds. If your landlord or letting agency has to clear any items, you will be charged for it.
  • Remove any garden rubbish.
  • Tidy and weed the garden.
  • Make sure you trim the hedges and shrubs.
  • Clean any overgrowth and check the plants if you have.
  • Mow and edge the garden and dispose of the waste properly.
  • Clean and sweep any pathways.
  • If you have a shed, clear it out.
  • Make sure you remove any chemical spills.
  • Clean and arrange tools properly.
  • Do not forget deep cleaning the BBQ grill.

Move out checklist for kitchen

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  • Check all the appliances are working properly. If there is damage, repair or get a replacement. In case of a replacement, make sure you get the landlord's consent.
  • Clean all appliance through.
  • Check for the drains for blocks or smells. Clear them with right chemicals or request a professional service if it's not fixable.
  • Check and clean the sink for stains, grease, and smell.
  • Double check the cabinets and drawer and clear them out properly. Clean them inside out.
  • Make sure the microwave is working and give it a thorough cleaning.
  • Oven and stoves need the most attention. These need deep cleaning which may need the use of right chemicals and a lot of time. Oven cleaning is one of the frequent charges, claimed by the landlords. Check if you can hire a professional oven cleaning service to help you out.
  • Properly defrost and wipe clean the refrigerator. Check for any smells and stains. Make sure you clean it at least 24 hours before moving day and leave all doors open for smells to vanish.
  • Check and clean dishwasher throughly. Make sure you check the dishwasher drain pipe and clean it properly as well.
  • Clean the disposable waste and trash bins with proper equipment and make sure to leave them, upside down for any water and smell to clear out in time.
  • Make sure to check the exhaust fan. Clean the grease and dust.
  • Check the light switches and bulbs. Replace any faulty ones and clean them properly.
  • Check and clean the washing machine. Make sure you check the drain pipe and clean it properly as well.

Move out checklist for utilities (Electric, gas, water)

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Take reading for utilities

Take the reading for electricity, gas and water meters. Call your providers and inform them about your move date. They might need to arrange for an appointment for readings themselves. It's better to call them at least four weeks in advance.

Pay and keep proof of paid bills

When you pay your bills, keep all the receipts for your records. You might need them in case of any claims or disputes with your landlord or future occupiers.

Cleaning check for exterior

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  • Check for any spills and trash in the driveway/garage.
  • Checks for trash bins. Clean them properly and make sure the water is collected.
  • Checks the recycling bins are clear.
  • Checks all the locks and handles are in working order. All sets of keys are in place. If anything is missing or needs a repair, make sure you arrange for repair service on time. You can find the total number of keys in your existing inventory list.
  • Check the electric wiring.
  • Check all switches and phone jacks.
  • Check for all the lighting and bulbs.
  • Check for plumbing, leaks or blocks.
  • Check the heating system and boiler.
  • Check the airconditioning unit are functional. Clean the air filters.
  • Check the smoke alarms are working.
  • Check the carbon monoxide alarms are working.

A Few Move-Out Tips

Make sure you pay extra attention to the following. These constitute most for the post move out claims by landlords and letting agents.

  • Cleaning the top and inside of the refrigerator.
  • Deep cleaning for the oven.
  • Dead or defective light bulbs.
  • Dodgy electric switches.
  • Dysfunctional blinds.
  • Smoke detector batteries.
  • Pet stains and odour
  • Door handles and locks

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