No property manager likes tenant turnover, but eventually, almost all rental properties see tenants come and go, regardless of how desirable the property is to occupants. If you are a tenant that is getting prepared to vacate a property managed by Real Property Management Select we hope you have enjoyed your stay. We value our tenants and are grateful for your business. If you are wondering how to prepare the property prior to vacating, please continue reading.
Upon Move In
Depending on how long you have lived at a Select property, you may or may not remember the move in process. At the time of move in, you submitted a security deposit. This deposit was to guarantee a hold on the property until your scheduled move in date, as well as cover any damages caused by the tenant upon move out. At the time of move in, you did a property inspection. This property inspection checklist allows new tenants to thoroughly inspect their new rental home and make any notes of imperfections. Some imperfections could include a scuff mark on a wall that was missed by our Auburn property management team during the turnover process, a small or faint stain on the carpet, or a scratch or small dent on an appliance. Whatever was marked on this move in inspection checklist will not be counted against you upon move out. At Select, we take the turnover process seriously and do our best to fix any repairs and make your new rental home a comfortable, safe and beautiful living space. The same procedure will follow upon your vacating.
Tenant Move Out
We appreciate your choice to rent from the professionals at Select. We know you have many options when choosing a home and want to thank you for your tenancy with our company. Prior to vacating the premises, please follow these guidelines to ensure you have prepared the house for our Auburn property management team, so that you can get the maximum amount of money back from your security deposit upon move out:
- 30 Day Notice to Vacate – This notice must be in writing and turned in to a member of the Select team. Our friendly staff will acknowledge your Notice to Vacate and will inform you of your final day of tenancy.
- Remove all personal items – This includes all trash from the property as well as personal belongings. Check and clean out all storage units, attics, basements, and garage areas. If there are items that tenants no longer want or need, it is still the tenant’s responsibility to remove them from the premises. Any items left behind will be dumped, at the cost of the tenant and removed from the security deposit.
- Clean all appliances – Auburn property management professionals know this is a tedious task that often takes longer than expected. Grease stains, spills that have been cooked on over and over again, and all that black debris sitting at the bottom of the oven must be removed. Clean out the refrigerator and wipe down all shelving and drawers inside the refrigerator and freezer. If you have a coil or electric stove, please replace the metal drip pans with clean and new ones. Wipe out the microwave and wash the glass plate inside of the microwave. Pull out the stove and oven and refrigerator and sweep underneath to clear our any debris or fire hazards. Wipe down the inside of the dishwasher and scrub the kitchen sink to remove leftover food.
- Wipe down all surfaces – This includes countertops, sinks, doors, drawers, and cupboards. Please remember to wipe down walls where scuff marks can be found, especially around light switches and door handles. Tenants will be surprised at the amount of dirty fingerprints they find in these areas and on light switch covers.
- Carpets and flooring – Hire a professional truck-mounted system to clean your carpets. Keep your receipt and turn it into your Auburn property management team as proof that carpets were cleaned. Failure to turn in a receipt as proof may result in the charge for carpet cleaning to be deducted from the security deposit. Sweep and scrub hardwood, tile, or vinyl flooring throughout the premises.
- Repairs – Look for any damage caused by you, a pet, or a service animal that would not fall into the category of normal wear-and-tear. If there are holes in the walls or doors that are not the size of a small nail or screw, that is a clear sign that it does not fall into the category of normal wear-and-tear and needs to be repaired by the tenant, at the cost of the tenant. Check walls, baseboards, doors, door jams, windows, window coverings, appliances, cupboards, countertops, and all flooring for signs of damage. Again, normal wear-and-tear is acceptable to our Auburn property management staff. A scuff more here or a small scratch there are signs of normal wear-and-tear. Tenants are also responsible for the behavior of their guests. If a guest has caused damage to the property, please take the time to repair it. If the tenant fails to make repairs where needed, the cost to make the repair will be deducted from the security deposit.
- Trash and hauling – If a tenant has unwanted furniture that he plans to dump or general garbage in the garbage can, please contact the waste company to schedule a pick up upon the move out date. Please do not leave a trash can full of garbage for the new tenants. Do not leave unwanted furniture on the curbside. This qualifies as items left behind and will be removed at the cost of the tenant.
- Remove utilities from your name – Call all utility companies includes internet, cable providers, waste companies, electric and gas companies and remove your name from the account. The accounts will automatically be put back under the Auburn property management, Select name. Close out the account or transfer service to your new residence, if applicable.
- Return keys – Please lock all of the doors behind you and turn in all keys to your property manager by noon on the final day of residency. Make sure that all keys that were issued at the time of the lease signing are returned. This includes key fobs to common areas, mailbox keys, house keys, garage door openers and anything else that may have been provided at the time of lease signing for entry access. The cost for any unreturned keys will be deducted from the security deposit. A thorough key collection process protects both past and future tenants.
If you are interested in a more comprehensive checklist or for security deposit disbursement information, please contact your leasing professional at Select.
How Our Auburn Property Management Staff Says Thank You to Past Tenants
At Select, we understand that living in a house comes with normal wear and tear on the property, no matter how careful you may have been. As a way of saying thank you, we do not charge past tenants for normal wear and tear on the property. Upon vacating, our professional leasing staff will provide you with a Payment History and a Letter of Recommendation to assist you in finding a new place to call home. We want to thank you for your tenancy and we wish you the best in the future.