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Making the Move from Apartment to Your NEW Home!

cleaningMoving from your rental to your first home in Ogden may be a big move – literally. Not only do you have the jitters of buying your first home, but you need to get your apartment in order to pass the landlord white glove test (i.e. checkout).

Did you fill out a check list of things you found before you moved all your things in? Do you have pictures of the previous damage? Better get those lined up now before your walkthrough inspection.

Okay, be honest – has there been any damage to the apartment that you did? If so, sorry to say, you ARE responsible for the repair(s). Even if you are “responsible” for the repairs doesn’t mean you can get your tool-kit out and start fixing. Your landlord or property manager may want the repairs done professionally. Talk to them directly to find out. This may save you for paying the undo and redo.

This next task is going to be EXTREMELY difficult because now ALL your stuff is in your new home – the one that’s YOURS – the home you can’t wait to unpack. And now you need to clean your apartment. Your apartment will need to be cleaner than when you moved in, because they will not believe you when you say, “This is cleaner than when I moved in.” Trust me.

Clean inside the cupboards, drawers, UNDER the refrigerator and UNDER the stove. Wipe down the walls, clean the blinds, and ceiling fans. If you can see it, clean it.

Before the apartment is sparkling from your massive and extensive cleaning, make arrangements to meet your landlord to walkthrough the apartment with you. Bring your photos and checklist. Make notes of their comments. If you have the walkthrough before your move-out deadline, you can do the touch ups and work needed to save on the deductions of your deposit.

Landlords may hold back and use your deposit for cleaning your apartment (I know you cleaned it…..), repair and damages and to cover any unpaid rent or balances due. Landlords may not hold back to repair normal wear and tear.

Remember to switch utilities over as well as your mail. You may want to make a to-do checklist to make sure everything is done.

There is no doubt about it, moving is stressful, but take the time and energy to make sure your apartment is in good order when you move.

If you’re just starting the buying process, give us a call. Our team of local experts is ready to guide you through the home-buying process. We are committed to fast, professional and courteous service to help you understand and feel at ease throughout the home buying process. Our trained and licensed agents specialize in the Northern Utah area real estate market and are prepared to find the right home and get the best price.

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