The Move Out Process

When moving out of your present residence, one of your most important considerations will undoubtedly be taking the proper steps to ensure the prompt and complete return of your security deposit. You are entitled to request a "pre-inspection," which may help identify items requiring attention. However, the pre-inspection cannot and is not intended to be the complete basis upon which your security deposit refund will be calculated. The following guidelines are intended to assist you in preparing the property for final inspection, and the refund of your security deposit.


Review any 'statement of Conditions' created at the time you originally moved into the residence. As an essential consideration, you are required to return the residence to its original condition, normal wear and tear excepted.


You should also review the rental contract you initially signed, along with any subsequent addendums. These documents typically have a wealth of information as to specific responsibilities. Frequently, departing residents are required to have carpeting cleaned. Other specific cleaning requirements are often identified; for example, fireplace cleaning, dependent upon use. You should ensure that all light fixtures and bulbs are operational, smoke detectors are functioning, doorstops are intact, and window coverings and screens are properly installed. In addition to those tasks noted above, the most significant effort you can take to ensure return of your security deposit is to properly clean the residence. The following checklist is intended primarily as a guide, and should not be considered absolute. The specific layout and amenities of your residence will determine the actual cleaning and preparation required.




Living Room/Dining Room/Family Room/Bedrooms/Hallways:


Yard Care/Landscaping

If you are liable for exterior care and cleaning, the outside of your residence should be suitably prepared before you vacate, so it doesn't look untended and ignored. Any debris or personal refuse should be properly disposed of. (Yard waste containers are not to be used for trash disposal-hauling companies will not separate trash from yard waste, and may charge additional fees for special handling.)


Occasionally, but infrequently, we have discovered physical damage, beyond normal wear and tear, when the property has been vacated. The cost to repair damage or abuse will be a deduction from the security deposit. If you know of a repair you're responsible for (for example, a broken door frame), you will have to arrange for a properly licensed and insured vendor to address the problem. (Most rental contracts prohibit tenants from personally performing these types of repairs to the premises, due to insurance and liability concerns.) If you have questions on this matter, please contact a DeDe's representative.


Final inspections are scheduled and performed by the DeDe's Rentals maintenance department after the property is completely empty of personal belongings, and once the vacating tenant has completed all cleaning and preparation they intended to accomplish personally.


Rent is due and calculated per diem up to and including the day you relinquish possession. You will be classified as "vacated" only after you have delivered all keys and means of access to a DeDe's representative. Our office is located next to the Post Office at Coddingtown Center. Our office is open Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00pm, and Saturday 10:00-2:00pm. If you intend to drop off keys after we close, we do have a secure mail slot. If keys are found in the mail slot at the very beginning of any specific business day, we will not compute rent due for that day.


Lastly, along with your keys, please be sure to provide us with your forwarding address in writing, so we can send you your security deposit refund!