Moving out of a rented room in PA. What do I need to do?
March 9, 2014 10:55 PM Subscribe
I am moving out of a room in a single-family home in Pittsburgh. What do I need to do to make the move-out as smooth as possible, and get back as much of my deposit as possible?
posted by dean_deen to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This was my first time renting, ever. I'm just wondering what I should do to make my move-out as smooth as possible, given my situation. I share a house with two other roommates--students who will continue to live there after I move out at the beginning of May. These are my questions:
1.) I've read a lot of advice reading that tenants moving out should leave the place broom-clean. But what about my case, where there will still be people living in the house? Should I only concentrate on cleaning my room?
2.) I didn't know to take pictures/do a walk-through of the place when I moved in. There is an outlet in my room whose plastic plate covering is loose--as in, sometimes the plate lifts off the wall a little when you pull a plug out. It was like this when I got here. But I have no proof of this fact. And since there is still a little time before I move out, the best thing to do would be to alert my landlord and ask him to fix it, yes? This is the only thing I could see him dinging me for; there's no carpet in the house and I haven't really been here long enough to cause much damage.
3.) I am moving back home down South. I have two large pieces of furniture, a mattress/box spring and a chest of drawers, that I don't care to bring with me. I asked my landlord if I could leave them. He said yes. I know I need to get his agreement in writing. But to be on the safe side, should I just have Salvation Army come and pick these things up anyway? I wanted to avoid having to buy an inflatable bed to use in between the time SA does pick-ups and the day I move out. But I'd like to get as much of my security deposit back as possible, so I'm really trying to be more careful about moving out than I was about moving in.
4.) I see my landlord on a fairly regular basis. He comes and hangs out at the house for a couple of hours on the weekend when his son is attending weekend classes in the neighborhood. Should I hand him my official move-out notice and have him sign it, or should I mail it to him via certified mail?
5.) Any other tips or recommendations for moving out?
My apologies for this neurotic post. My landlord is a nice guy, so on the one hand I think I'm worrying over nothing. But on the other hand, I'm scared of what might happen to my deposit, because I was naive enough to be charmed by the landlord's wife, who was the person I actually first spoke with about moving in. She was very friendly, personable, talked about connecting me with some of her colleagues for job networking since I moved here without one in hand, and mentioned taking me and my roommates (one of them is a family friend of hers) out every now and then, etc. Once she gave me the keys, I never saw her again. Which has been fine, since all house-related issues have been dealt with reasonably and promptly by her husband. But even so, after being so clueless about both my landlady and the move-in process, I don't want to take any more risks.