You're Getting Out Of A Lease - What Did You Forget?

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

A Lease is only temporary and when it comes time to leave will you remember what you need to remember? Moving in or moving out causes stress. There is a lot to remember and a lot to do. Here is a list of things to remember so you don't forget:

  • Read the Lease Agreement you signed, word for word, section by section.
  • Did you read the section for how much notice you need to give to move out?
  • Are you due a deposit back?
  • What reasons are written in the lease for a landlord to keep your deposit?
  • Did you put down a deposit on your pets?
  • Do you get your deposit back on pets?
  • Did you put down a deposit to hook up to utilities?
  • Are you due your deposit back?
  • Did you notify the Utility Companies you are cancelling on your Apartment?
  • Magazine Subscriptions and Newspapers are not forwarded - Did you cancel?
  • Important Tax Information - Did you notify them you are moving?
  • Did you know Post Office does not forward Important Tax Documentation?
  • Credit Cards & Other Important Companies - Did you change your address?
  • Did you notify the Post Office of a Forwarding Address?
  • Did you take measurements for washer, dryer, and refrigerator for new place?
  • Did you take window measurements for your new place?
  • Did you borrow anything from the Landlord or Tenants?
  • Did someone borrow from you that needs to be returned?
  • Do you need to return tools or library books?
  • Did you pick up RX's and do you need to notify them you are moving?
  • Do you need to schedule or cancel appointments (DR, Dentist, Veterinarian)?
  • Do you need to order new Pet Tags & medicine?
  • Do you need to notify your Employer of an address Change?
  • If you are on Social Security, did you notify the Administration?
  • Did you remove everything from closets, bottom of stove, attic, dishwasher?
  • Did you put things in a storage unit that you need to remove?
  • Did you ask family and friends to keep valuables in their possession?
  • If you rented a U-Haul did you check for accuracy on cost?
  • If you rented a U-Haul did you review the terms for picking up and returning?
  • If you noticed someone is moving, did you ask for empty boxes?
  • Do you have an ice chest for food that needs refrigeration during transit?
  • Do you have house plants that need to be moved?
  • Did you leave anything at a Dry Cleaners?
  • Did you remember to say goodbye to people you want to keep in touch with?
  • Do you know where your money is and do you need to close out accounts?

If you are planning to move into a home, did you notify your real estate agent about the details of terminating your lease? Also, if you are getting financing on a new house, did you notify your Bank or Mortgage Lender? If you haven't even begun and are in need of a licensed real estate agent in the DFW area (all areas surrounding DFW International Airport) please contact me. I relocated in 1997 and I know and understand the pressures and stresses of moving out of an apartment.

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Comments (8)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - moving can be stressful.  Combine that with the miscellaneous stuff that accompanies a move.  It can seem overwhelming. 

Hopefully, your list will help make that next step a bit better.   

Jan 28, 2023 07:19 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - acquiring stuff over time is like learning multiplications all over again, i.e., 2x2=4, 2x3=6, 2x10=20.  For everything we buy or move, the things we accumlate keeps multiplying! 

I remember having a great ideas, such as buying my daughter one music box for every birthday. It was an idea she liked. But then everyone started giving her music boxes. By the time she moved out to go to the University out of state, then out of the country, I noticed I had a truckload of music boxes she left behind. And guess what? She did not want them and made me promise not to send them to her. 

Jan 28, 2023 07:32 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - and maybe that is one of the reasons why we see so many storage places - at least in our area - there's too much "stuff".    

Jan 28, 2023 07:43 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - Good point! Our storage unit places have multipled over the years in my area. I am guilty of having one of them too. You know, it's always something. Too much stuff in the landfill. Too much stuff in storage. Too much stuff inside garages and no room for cars. And way too much stuff in peoples houses. And let us not forget how much stuff in on our computers and the CLOUD!!! 

Jan 28, 2023 08:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a wonderful list to share. It is not unusual to find dishes in the dishwasher after the tenants have left.

Jan 28, 2023 10:43 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia that is an extensive list.  I would not have thought of doing a few of the things on your list.

Jan 28, 2023 10:57 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP very good detailed report when getting out of a lease.

Jan 28, 2023 11:19 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Patricia,

Your detailed list points out ALL that goes into moving out from a lease. There is an extensive list to go through and having an agent will definitely help you make sure you cross off all the items on the list! So much to do, so little time..can lead to a stressful transition.

Jan 28, 2023 11:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... reading over this list, it occurred to me that many of the items on it could apply to a move for someone who has sold their home. However, you cut it, moving entails a lot of moving pieces. (Pun intended.)

Jan 29, 2023 05:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent list - there really is a lot that goes into moving out of a rental property!

Enjoy your day!

Jan 29, 2023 06:08 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this is an amazing list - so extensive and captures just how much there is to remember when moving - down to the little details like changing pet tags (which could turn out to be a big detail)

Jan 31, 2023 11:34 AM