Planning To Vacate?
Be sure to clean all your appliances, both their interiors and exteriors thoroughly including: the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, dryer and microwave, when applicable. The stovetop should be cleaned in and around the pans/rings. If necessary, replace the dirty drip pans/rings. The inside of the oven, including the racks themselves and the inside of the door should be cleaned with oven cleaner if applicable and all residues removed. Lastly, the inside of the bottom drawer should be pulled out and cleaned along with underneath the stove. Cleaning a stove properly can take up to 2-3 hours of labor, sometimes even soaking it overnight, which will be charged to a tenant if not done properly before moving out.
In the bathroom, please be sure that all soap scum and mildew is removed from the tub/shower walls and all faucets have had mineral build up removed. The toilets should be free of scum and rings removed.
All carpets shall be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company upon vacating the property. The tenant shall submit a paid receipt to the owner/agency at the same time the tenant returns the rental keys as confirmation that the carpets have been professionally cleaned. If a carpet receipt is not received at the time of key return, the owner or agency will have the carpets professionally cleaned and the fee for doing so reduced from the tenants security deposit.
By taking care of these few items and making sure the entire unit is clean and in move-in condition before your move out, you can ensure a smooth transition from one tenant to the next and so as not to be charged for a cleaning bill. Any questions or concerns may be addressed by contacting the Hauenstein Agency, Inc. office at 717-733-4158.
Move Out Checklist
Clean and Repaired
Vacuum or Clean Carpets
Bulbs & Batteries
Get Your Stuff
Dispose of Trash
Utilities & Services
Ways you can lose your security deposit
- Did not fulfill lease term
- Written notice not properly given
- Property not properly cleaned
- Burned out light bulbs not replaced
- Smoke detectors missing working batteries
- Unpaid rent, late charges, utility bills, bad check fees, eviction fees, etc.
- Leaving oil tank(s) empty
- Failure to return all keys to the office
- Failure to provide a forwarding address
- Changes made to the property without written consent
- Items/appliances supplied and missing from property
- Damage done to the property or any contents within the property
- Unpaid fines/citations relating to township/borough ordinances not complied with
- Not maintaining yard work until the lease term is up
- Unauthorized pets in the property
- Smoking in a non-smoking property
- Personal belongings/trash left behind in the property
- Failure to maintain renter’s insurance
- Unpaid bills for illegitimate service requests
- Kitchen areas that are left unclean including appliances, sinks, walls, floors, windows, etc.
- Bathroom areas that are left unclean including sinks, bathtubs, toilets, walls, floors, windows, fans etc.
- Garages left unclean and garbage left behind
- Bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms left unclean including walls, windows, floors etc.
- Dirty carpeting that exceeds normal wear and tear
- Carpeting that needs replaced due to excessive dirt
- Curtains, mini-blinds and window treatments that are broken or missing
- Walls that were recently painted that need repainted, touched up or repaired