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What is the Apartment Transition Period?
When the tenant decides to leave the apartment be it personal or professional reasons and no longer interested in the renewal of the lease, the process is called an apartment transition period or turnover. The process involves maintenance, repair, and cleaning before signing a new lease for the apartment.
The goal for the leaving tenant is to bring the condition of the apartment as close as possible to the new apartment.
We have brought the following instructions to assist you in your goal.
The best strategy for the landlord is to schedule a visit by consulting the tenant who is leaving the apartment. Reach the apartment at the agreed date and do a thorough inspection along with the tenant. Better to keep a notepad to jot down necessary repairs. Once you are done with the inspection, share the notes with the tenant for the required maintenance.
It will not help you get your apartment in order but also make the process smooth for hiring a new tenant.
Note: you may take the help of any professional to do this task on your behalf. Though it would cost you some money in the long run, you would save more than what you will spend.
Though it is the landlord’s responsibility to do the required work in the vacant apartment the moving-out tenant shall shoulder some of the burdens, as well as they, have had their best time in the apartment.
It goes in the best interests of a tenant to do a thorough cleaning of the houses for the following reasons:
Start from the recommended list from your landlord if there was any inspection did by the landlord. Make sure to tick all the boxes mentioned by the landlord on the list.
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The best idea is to do the repairing work before starting the final cleaning so you do not have to do it twice. Do the following repairing:
You might think everything is working fine but the truth is there shelf life is likely to be over as previous tenants have had the best time with these facilities. Now it is ethical to replace old air filters with new. It does not cost too much but it adds value to your credibility.
Step in the shoes of a new tenant for while and you would exactly know what she would have liked in her new home. Change all the seat covers for new as well.
Usually, there are multiple light bulbs are installed in each area. Over some time, they get fused. Normally we don’t pay much attention to them as the functioning lights do the job for us. Since the apartment is vacant now, you shall consider changing which has gone out of order.
There are two reasons for doing so. First, new tenants get a complete set of keys for every locker but in day-to-day activities, few get lost and we no longer can track them.
Second, your new tenant needs to feel safe and a new complete set of keys would ensure that.
If it has been a long time since the previous tenant moved out, you shall consider screwing up all the nut and bolts again. One major reason for that is through the previous tenant would have returned your apartment in a good look by doing deep cleaning but it is less likely that they would have gone to such details. And in wear and tear, nuts and bolts of different things get loose. It is high time to tighten things up again.
This is another neglected area where usually people do not notice but it is the most important point. You are supposed to make sure that not only the drainage system works fine inside the apartment but outside to the manhole as well. It usually does not come under observation at initial inspection by the tenants but since they come over to live and find out the drainage system s not working, it creates trouble for both parties.
Usually, corners of the walls get broken and they don’t look a big mess in routine but they do look bad in the vacated apartment. You shall make the most of this opportunity as you usually don’t find the apartment compete vacated. So hold this opportunity well and repair the broken corners and fill in the rough patches on walls.
You might skip the followings:
We keep our focus on major things that we miss out on small details. You should keep the following checklist:
The bottom line:
Traditionally, the moving-out tenant returns the apartment in good shape but they usually do not go on such details. So, as a landlord, you shall make the most of this time and work on minor details to give a new tenant a pleasant experience.