Tenant Move-Out Procedures & Move-Out Checklist
Please use the following checklist as a guide to completing your move out, and to help you avoid deductions from your security deposit. Completing this checklist will speed up the return of your deposit. This list, in conjunction with your original check-in inspection sheet, and any maintenance completed during your occupancy, will be used for your checkout inspection.
Most of the time we either have tenants scheduled to move in right away, or work scheduled to be done. Therefore, it is imperative that you stay with your scheduled move-out date. If you choose to change your scheduled move-out day, you will incur a $75 change fee as well as any prorated lease fees for the additional days.
The following information is provided to help you get your security deposit returned without any misunderstandings:
According to the terms of your Lease, you are required to submit your Notice to Vacate at least 30 days prior to your move-out, regardless of the status of your lease. You will be charged for any additional days that fall under the 30 day notice timeframe. For example, if you submit your Notice to Vacate on the 15th of the month and move out on the 30th, you will be charged an additional 15 days of lease payments.
Pine Bluff Apartments has 30-days to return your security deposit. Security deposits will be returned via the portal and deposited directly into the account you used to make your lease payments or mailed to the forwarding address left via email within 30- days after the move-out. Deposits are usually returned within a weeks time, but in cases of damage or major repairs, it may take longer.
Remember to CLEAN your apartment to avoid any charges against your deposit. Refer to the Move-Out Checklist for further information.
(Look for helpful hints in parentheses). If you are hiring a professional cleaner, give them this list to ensure they do not miss items. If you have any doubt, please call. Ask yourself this question before you leave: "Would this apartment be clean enough for me to move-in today?" We expect some standard wear and tear but please be mindful of how you leave your apartment.
All of the following items are lessee responsibilities. If you have any doubt, please call ahead of time to research the matter.
PAINTING: Please remove all nails---DO NOT PATCH, SPACKLE OR SPOT PAINT NAIL HOLES, or touch- up paint without approval. If you paint & it does not match or if you do a poor job of filling holes, you will be charged for necessary painting to match the existing paint or to redo spackling. Charges for painting depend on length of time in the property and whether it exceeds normal wear & tear.
Any changes made to the home by you during occupancy must be restored to original condition unless otherwise agreed to in writing. This includes (but not limited to) vinyl decals, wallpapers, removal or placement of doors, handicap fixtures, etc. If you have removed any window treatments, they must be put back in place for inspection.
All non-carpeted floor should be free of stains, scratches, dust and debris; vacuumed and washed. Be careful with hardwood and laminate floors. If you have any doubt, please call us.
All interior windows and sills must be clean. This includes the area between the windows and screens. If during your occupancy, any windows were broken, or cracked, screens torn, ripped, or have holes, this must be repaired in accordance with your lease.
All window treatments that were provided, or are being left must be clean, have no stains, blind veins not bent, and in good working order. If you removed any, you must put them back in place unless otherwise agreed to in writing.
All walls, ceilings, and closet interiors must be free of smudges, grease, and food stains.
All woodwork, moldings, trim, doors, vent covers, and baseboards must be free of dirt, dust, and stains. Especially along the bottoms of the walls.
All light bulbs must be in working order, the proper type of bulb in the socket, and light fixtures/globes must be cleaned. (Light globes can go in the dishwasher).
All smoke detectors must be in working order, and will be tested. (If it is beeping, please replace the battery. It takes a 9-volt square battery). If you need help with this, please let maintenance know.
All exhaust fans/vent covers should be in working order and free of dust and grease.
Kitchen cabinets, shelves, drawers, and counter tops must be free of crumbs and grease, washed inside and outside.
Refrigerators/Freezers must be washed/cleaned inside and outside. If on wheels, they must also be pulled out, and all dust and dirt is removed from the back, sides, floor, and walls surrounding the refrigerators/Freezers. (DO NOT TURN OFF after cleaning. Windex and a sponge works well on removing stubborn particles in the plastic shelves).
Stoves, ovens, cooktops, and microwaves must be cleaned inside and outside. (Do not use steel wool on appliances; plastic scrub pads work the best. Most stovetops can handle oven cleaner. Test a spot, but do not use oven cleaner on control panels. In addition, do not use oven cleaner in self-cleaning ovens. Use the appropriate stovetop cleaner for Smooth Top Stoves).
Dishwashers must be cleaned inside and outside, especially the inside lip of the door. -- Some people tend to miss this.
All sinks, faucets, and garbage disposals must be washed out and wiped clean. (Windex will enhance the appearance after being washed).
Kitchen walls and floors must be washed, and free of food stains, dust, dirt, and grease. Any floors that require oil soap or wax must be done accordingly.
All bathroom floors and walls must be cleaned. This includes the grout and caulking. (Windex will enhance the appearance of tile after being washed, and will remove soap residues).
All tubs, showers, sinks, and toilets must be cleaned, disinfected, and free of soap scum and cleanser residues. (Windex will remove any residues. Stubborn stains and bath mat residues can be cleaned using spray oven cleaner. Leave sit for a few hours and rinse).
All medicine chests, vanities, and drawers must be cleaned inside and outside.
Laundry rooms, and utility rooms must be free of dust, dirt, cobwebs, and debris.
Air Vent Covers must be free of dust.
Washing machine must be wiped down and free of soap residue, if you rented one from us.
Dryer must be wiped down and free of lint. If we discover the lint trap filled you will be charged for a professional cleaning of the trap and hose.
All trash and unwanted personal items must be removed from the property. No trash is allowed to be left in or on the property. Please take care to discard chemicals, paints, and appliances appropriately. You can be fined by the county if you do not.
All garden tools must be cleaned, including BBQ grills.
Leave cable box and all remotes at Final Inspection (If you were issued remotes at Move In and do not have them to turn in for Move Out, you will be charged accordingly).
Leave ceiling fan remotes
IF you have Pets and suspect your pet(s) may have fleas, ticks, and/or odors, you MUST have a professional treatment done to DEFLEA, DETICK & DE-ODERIZE. You will need to provide a receipt of this service to us, if you have this completed. IF YOU DO NOT PRODUCE YOUR RECEIPT AT MOVE OUT, AND FLEAS, TICKS AND/OR ODORS ARE FOUND, WE WILL HAVE THESE SERVICES COMPLETED, AND YOU WILL BE CHARGED.
Be sure to have any spot treatments or pet treatments done as needed. If any Odors or Pet Odors re-surfaces after you have vacated the property, the tenant will be responsible for charges incurred to remove the odor. If the cleaning is not done to our satisfaction, tenants will be charged for any additional expense.
Repair any Pet damage to Doors, Door casings, trim, and yard.
Good Luck with your move, and in your future home!