Moving-Out, The Esponda Way
Moving anywhere can be a stressful time. Below is a quick and easy guide to ensure that you are moving out of your room properly, and leaving it in the best possible condition in order to maximize your security deposit return.
The first step to moving out is to do an assessment of your belongings. Did you put large items in the room or the house when you moved in? Do you own large items in the room or the house? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you will need to arrange a place to store those items over the summer. Local storage facilities are always a good option. Please keep in mind that if an item in the room does not belong to the house corporation, it cannot stay in the room over the summer.
Now that you have assessed and arranged your storage needs, we can move forward with the packing process. Clothes are always a good place to start. They can be folded and placed into boxes or suitcases. You can even stuff them into a bag and just throw them into the wash when you get to your final destination.
After you have dealt with your clothes, it’s time to pack up your other belongings. This category includes electronics, things you need for school, and toiletries, as well as any miscellaneous items that are left in your room. Once those have been packed up and moved, you should turn your attention to the big items that are left. Beds, desks, dressers, and any other furnishings that do not belong to the house corporation need to be removed from the house. If you do not want to keep them, please arrange to have them donated to Goodwill or the Salvation Army or a similar organization.
When the large items have been removed, take a look at the walls of the room. Anything that you used as decoration needs to be removed. Command hooks and strips should be peeled up and removed from the walls properly so that they don’t pull up the paint. Once the decorations and wall fixings have been removed, make sure all trash is picked up, taken out of the room, and placed in the dumpster. If your room has carpet, vacuum it. If it is not carpeted, please sweep up any remaining dust, dirt, and/or debris.
You are jointly responsible for the condition of the common area, so please make sure you have removed all of your belongings from the house and are leaving the common area clean and in good condition, free of trash and debris. All windows and doors should be securely closed and locked.
Before you leave, please make sure that all damage to your bedroom is repaired. Leave your keys in the room, unless you have been instructed to leave them elsewhere. As the final move-out step, please make sure to take pictures of the room as you have left it, and fill out and submit the move-out form.