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Moving out of a rental property can be stressful as there are a lot of things you need to organise. Your home has to be left spotless in order for you to get your bond back, and you don't want to leave anything behind in case you won't be allowed to get back in again.

What to do before you move out

As it gets closer to moving day, you'll need to make sure that you've done everything you need to do before you move out. Once you have chosen a moving company you'll need to work out how much of the move you want to do yourself, and how much you want the removalists to handle. Getting removalists to pack your belongings will definitely save you a lot of time and effort though.

  • *  Check your lease agreement

  • *  Give notice to your property manager or landlord that you intend to move out

  • *  Organise to have your mail redirected to your new address

  • *  Pay any remaining bills for your home

How to pack for your house

Depending on the size and layout of your home, there may be different strategies to use to ensure you pack up your belongings as fast and efficiently as possible. Larger homes may take longer to pack up, but you'll also have more rooms to store the boxes in until moving day. Small homes take less time to pack up, but you won't necessarily be able to dedicate one room to storing boxes.

  • *  Least used items should be packed up first

  • *  Start packing from the back of your house forwards so you don't have to move through boxes as you pack

  • *  Make sure you have enough boxes for all your belongings

  • *  Store all the boxes tightly together to maximise space

Cleaning your rental

When you move out of a rental property you'll need to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned if you're hoping to get your bond back. You can clean your home yourself as long as you have the right equipment and cleaning products. If you don't think you can clean your home well enough yourself it might be a good idea to consider professional cleaning services, especially if you have carpet in your home.

  • *  Steam clean any carpet

  • *  Disinfect the bathroom, the toilet, and the shower

  • *  Mow the lawn and trim the edges around the fence

  • *  Vacuum, sweep, and mop the entire home

  • *  Clean the curtains

  • *  Wash the windows on the inside and the outside

Items not to forget

It can be easy to forget things in the moving process, especially when the house isn't yours. In the mad rush of trying to get everything out the door by a certain time you may leave things behind that you didn't intend to. Make sure you do a thorough sweep of the entire home before you leave to ensure nothing has been forgotten.

  • *  Important documents

  • *  The keys to the house or apartment

  • *  Cords and phone chargers

  • *  Spare cash

  • *  Cutlery

With these handy trips and tricks you should be better prepared to move out of your rental property. As long as you have expert removalists to help you move, your next move should be smooth and seamless.


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