Cleaning Tips for Moving Out of Your Apartment

You put a lot of money into moving into your apartment, and you’d like to recover it when you move out. However, that security deposit is only yours if your place passes inspection and looks like new after you leave. If that’s not enough to stress you out and cause you anxiety, nothing is. You’re a cleaning machine once your items are moved out, but are you forgetting a few of the most important things you should handle before your landlord comes into to inspect your apartment? Forgetting to clean these things can cause you to lose your security deposit in a flash.


If you want your entire deposit back, you better get busy dusting!

Fill the Holes and Paint the Walls

You’re not permitted to paint in most rentals, but sometimes you must do it if you used any nails on the walls. It’s time to fill in all the holes, paint the walls, and be sure you’re not missing a single spot. One small nail hole not filled and painted can cost you your deposit.

Clean the Baseboards

You might not worry so much about them when you live there, but your landlord might be looking for any reason to keep your money after you move out. The best thing you can do is be sure there is no speck of dust left in the entire house. The baseboards are one of the dirtiest things in a room, and it’s time to clean them.

Clean the Appliances

Don’t think you can wipe down the outside and be done with your job. The appliances in the kitchen must be thoroughly cleaned before you move out. Get into the fridge, empty it out, and clean every shelf as if your life depends on it. Open the oven and scrub it until there is not a trace of evidence it’s ever been used. The same goes for the microwave.

Make sure to thoroughly vacumm and mop the floors.

Make sure to thoroughly vacumm and mop the floors.

Spend Extra Time in the Bathrooms

Bathrooms are filthy since it’s where people are nude and doing their dirtiest business. Now is the time to spend extra time cleaning. Clean the cabinet doors to get any make-up covered fingerprints off. Clean the drains to remove your excess hair, and be sure every inch of your toilets are spotless. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a home, and your landlord doesn’t want to come in and clean up after you.

Turn in All the Keys

If you are done cleaning and ready to hand over the keys, don’t forget to turn them all in. If you have two, give back two. If you made a third for your teen, give it to the landlord. The last thing he wants to do is worry that there are additional keys to his place floating around out there.

Your apartment needs to be cleaner when you leave than it was when you arrived, and you must not miss anything. The smallest issue, the little problem, and you might lose your entire security deposit and the cleaning fee you paid when you moved in. For additional tips on tackling moving day, check out our post from last week.

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What to Know About Moving Day in New York City

New York City is a hectic, lively environment. In particular, moving day in New York City can be chaotic yet fun at the same time. There are a few key things to know to streamline the process and ease your concerns about moving.

Hire Professional Movers

Professional movers are incredibly useful on moving day. Even if you think you have everything under control, the choice to hire NYC movers can provide the confidence you need to proceed. They will bring specialized equipment and vehicles that expedite the day. You will be able to concentrate on your next home or apartment instead of whether or not your belongings are safe. These movers have experience with all sorts of boxes and moving materials to ensure your belongings are properly packed. Your items do not need to be in perfect shape, as the workers can transport them using lifts and motorized vehicles.


The Deal with Apartment Elevators

On moving day, apartment elevators can be congested in larger apartments. If there is only one elevator in the building, you could be faced with long waits and crowded elevators. The night before, decide which items can be carried down the stairs with ease. Putting these goods on the side, you can make trips by both elevator and stairs for maximum efficiency.

How to Handle Apartment Rules

Each apartment has distinct move-out rules. For a complete list, go online to the landowner’s site and review the guidelines. It is important that you adhere to all move out rules on the big day. If you violate any of these rules, you could be subject to additional fines and fees that will be charged to your account. Erring on the safe side is always a smart move.

Unloading on the Street

New York City has specific rules about the parking and standing of commercial vehicles, like moving trucks. There are regulations on the distance from curbs and fire hydrants that do not exist on most weekdays of the year. While convenience is a priority, you need to respect these laws for the safety of everybody on the street. It is a safety hazard to pedestrians if they have to share the road with unloading vehicles.


Know the Moving Hours

Some apartments have designated moving hours where lobbies and elevators are open. Outside of those hours, the landowners want you to respect noise levels for residents who are asleep. Because moving hours can vary between weekdays and weekends, it is best to clarify these beforehand. If your move takes more than one day, splitting up time equally will avoid a rush at the end of the first day. You don’t want to panic as the end of moving hours draws near.

Moving day in New York City is an unforgettable experience. While you might be in a rush to get to your target destination, make sure to clean your apartment and respect all rules fully. Also be sure to check out our relocation resources page for recommendations on our favorite NYC moving companies, best staging services, and more.

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Things to Know Before Renting an Apartment in Manhattan

If you have done some apartment hunting, you know just how high the rents can be. Some practices, rules, and realities make Manhattan’s real estate different from that of the average city. Here are a few things you should know before renting an apartment in NYC:


Know Your Budget:

You obviously need to know how much rent you can afford based on your other monthly expenses. Your prospective landlord will verify your income. As a general rule, you need an annual gross income 40 times the apartment’s monthly rent. If you make $80,000 a year, the maximum rent, you could pay works out to $2,000 a month. If you need someone to cosign or guarantee the rent for you, because your credit score is low, that person will need to twice the income. Do you know anyone who makes twice as much money as you who will co-sign the lease?

Know Your Costs:

A minor point, but many apartments charge a fee. This is in on top of the security deposit, application fee, and office administration fees that are common in other places. Try searching for no-fee apartments on Zillow or Craigslist. Add up the fees and costs before even asking for an application. It might cost $4000 to move into that $1900 a month apartment, so make sure the costs are manageable. If your credit is weak prepare to pay more.

Plan to Find a Roommate:

The odds are good that even if your credit is great, your income is not high enough. Finding someone in the city who needs a roommate is one way around that issue. If you are lucky, you have a friend or sibling who wants to move to Manhattan. This is the only easy way to cut the cost of housing in Manhattan and put a decent apartment in reach. Try roommate matching apps like Roomi to find someone you can share with.


Flexibility is Important:

Because of the high rents and the competition for any vacancy, it makes sense to be open-minded about where you live in Manhattan. The borough is compact and well served by mass transit. The difference in rent between Chelsea, for example, and a nondescript NYC neighborhood can be hundreds of dollars a month for basically the same apartment.

Have Your Paperwork Ready:

At a minimum, have copies of financial records scanned and saved as PDF documents. The prospective landlord will want to see W-2s, your latest tax return, and a photo ID. If you are moving to start a new job, have an electronic copy of your offer letter available. You will also need money available to cover a security deposit and the first months’ rent. This will probably mean obtaining a money order or cashier’s check ahead of time, as most landlords will not accept personal checks. Keep in mind that many of these observations apply just as well in Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

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