Move Out Checklist

How To Get Your Security Deposit Back

Looking for a move out checklist? If you’re getting ready to move, we understand that there are plenty of different questions on your mind. That’s why we’ve created some helpful checklists to provide some guidance as you make the transition. Please read through the information below to ensure you get all of your responsibilities taken care of in advance. To help make the move-out

experience a successful one, once we receive your 30-Day Notice to Vacate, we have provided the following move out check list to remind you what will be expected of you prior to your departure. Please use this as a guideline while preparing for your move. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at our office (858) 576-2176.


Moving Out

In order for you to receive the maximum return of your security deposit when you move out, please follow the following guidelines for cleaning your unit. Please be advised that any cleaning that has not been completed will be contracted out and the cost will be deducted from your security deposit. Carpet cleaning must be done by a professional company. You may either have this done yourself or give us a copy of the receipt or we can have it done and deduct the cost from your security deposit. Please let us know if you wish for us to arrange carpet cleaning.

Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

I. Appliances

  • Please Do Not Unplug the Refrigerator
  • All appliances are to be left clean and odor-free, inside and out
  • Clean underneath and behind appliances
  • Wipe down smudges and fingerprints on exterior of appliances
  • Refrigerator

    • Empty drip pan underneath refrigerator
    • Defrost and wipe clean inside
    • Clean racks and drawers
  • Stove/Oven

    • Clean under the stove burners
    • Replace drip pans if needed
    • Clean broiler pan
    • Clean hood fan
    • Clean inside of oven and racks
  • Dishwasher

    • Clean inside and racks
  • Garbage disposal

    • Remove all debris
  • Microwave

    • Clean inside and out

II. Kitchen

  • Clean out all items from cabinets, drawers, etc.
  • Wipe down inside of cabinets, drawers, etc.
  • Wash down any stains on countertops and/or sinks
  • Remove all and any contact paper installed in cabinets, shelves or drawers
  • Vacuum and remove all cobwebs
  • Floors should be swept and mopped
  • Clean light fixtures and/or fans.
  • Clean walls

III. Bathrooms

  • Clean all tile and grout
  • Clean shower doors and tracks
  • Remove any personal items including shower curtains
  • Remove any install shelving or holders
  • Clean sink, toilet and tub
  • Clean and empty medicine cabinet and mirrors
  • Sweep and mop floors

IV. Carpets

  • Vacuum and professionally clean

V. Drapes, Blinds, Verticals, Windows & Screens

  • Remove any drapes installed during your tenancy
  • Clean all window blind vanes
  • Clean inside of windows

VI. Patios

  • Clean sweep and remove personal items and debris from patio

VII. Lighting Fixtures/Ceiling Fans

  • Clean, wipe down, free of dust
  • Replace any light bulbs that are not working

VIII. Pets

  • Unit is to be flea free

IX. Other Important Items

  • All keys must be turned into your property manager
  • Make sure we have the correct forwarding address
  • So that we can mail your security deposit refund
Single Family Homes

Single Family Homes

As the owner of a single family home, you may be on the fence about whether or not to use a property management company. Not only is property management affordable, by using our property management services you can actually increase your property’s overall profitability. We have developed systems that allow us to manage all types of properties with maximum efficiency.
Condos & Town Homes

Condos & Town Homes

For what usually amounts to a few hundred dollars a month, you can outsource all of the responsibilities related to managing your rental property. Whether you own a condo or a townhouse, when you weigh the small fee against the 10-15 hours per month you would likely spend managing the property yourself the tradeoff becomes pretty clear. Additionally, being constantly on-call in case of emergency is no longer something you have to worry about.


The more tenants you have the higher volume of complaints, maintenance issues, and vacancies you will need to deal with. With our experience and resources we can quickly respond to emergencies and collect the rent on time. Additionally, we help hire local vendors, and keep current with local, state, and federal housing laws while maintaining low vacancy rates, and dealing with sensitive tenant issues such as evictions.

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