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Preparing to move out at the end of semester?

Before you know it, the semester will be over and it'll be time to move out. Moving out of your apartment or house can be stressful, especially if you have to move during the exam season. With early planning and preparation, the following tips can make moving much easier.

1. Review your lease

Before you start packing or making any arrangements, review your lease to understand your obligations as a tenant. Check for any move-out requirements, such as cleaning or repairs you may need to do before leaving. Also, find out the notice period you need to provide to your landlord, and make sure you give notice within the required timeframe to avoid any penalties.

2. Start early

Begin planning your move-out at least a month before your lease ends. This will give you (and your roommates) enough time to find a new place, pack your belongings, and clean your current apartment or house.

3. Leave forwarding information

Leave forwarding information with the post office so any mail sent to your old address will be forwarded to your new one. Be aware that this service has a fee. You can also provide your landlord with your new address if you expect very little mail while you notify senders of your changed address.

4. Declutter

Take inventory of your belongings and get rid of things you no longer need. Donate or sell items that are in good condition and throw away anything that's no longer useful. The less you have to pack and move, the easier the process will be.

5. Organize your packing

Label your boxes clearly and pack items by room. This will make it easier to unpack at your new place. Pack fragile items carefully and use padding or bubble wrap to ensure they don't break during transport.

6. Clean thoroughly

Before leaving your apartment or house, clean it thoroughly. This includes vacuuming, dusting, and wiping down surfaces. Make sure to clean the bathroom and kitchen as well. This will increase the chances of getting your full security deposit back.

7. Check for property damages

Do a walk-through of your apartment or house before leaving. Check for damages and make any necessary repairs. This will prevent you from losing your security deposit.

8. Disconnect your utilities

Contact your utility companies and schedule to have your services disconnected on your move-out date. This will prevent you from being charged for services you're no longer using.

9. Take pictures

Take pictures of your apartment or house before leaving. This will serve as proof of the condition you left it in and help you if there are any disputes over your security deposit.

10. Are you considering hiring a moving company?

Check if you have multiple friends who are moving out, and you can split the costs of a moving truck yourselves. This can be the most expensive part of moving. Research different moving companies early to get quotes.

Remember to start early, plan ahead, stay organized, and communicate with your landlord, roommates and utility companies to ensure a smooth transition. Good luck with your move!

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