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Moving out can be as hectic and draining as moving in, and often the two go hand-in-hand. If you’re leaving your rental, check these steps off your moving checklist. You’ll rack up good karma points with your landlord and the next tenant and make sure you don’t leave anything behind!

Plan for your new space, not your old one.

Moving apartments can be especially tricky as complexes and units vary widely. That dining table that fit perfectly in your first place might not work so well in a downtown studio. Whether your complex has a service elevator also impacts the size and scale of the furniture you might want to bring. Cartoons are rife with falling pianos for a reason.

Decide what pieces really fit your new space and plan your décor accordingly. Skip the transportation trouble completely when you have furniture delivered and even assembled right at your new address with Takl. Check out these tips from Better Homes and Gardens for furniture arrangement ideas and tricks.

Determine what sparks joy.

Once you’ve sorted out what’s practical to move to your new home, the next step is to decide what among the remaining possessions you really want to hold on to. Turn on some Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and decide what truly sparks joy for you. You may want to list some furniture on your apartment’s community page to see if there’s anyone in your current building interested in taking stuff off your hands. A Provider can help with onsite moving. If you sell any pieces prior to your move, you can use Delivery/Courier to have it dropped off at the buyer’s address. Have anything else you plan to leave behind hauled away with a junk removal job.

Load up the truck.

Once your move-out date is confirmed, it’s time to get packing. Grab some helping hands and start loading up boxes. Go ahead and load whatever you can as this will provide an obstacle-free space for cleaning and repairing. Get help for packing, lifting, and moving when you find pre-priced and flat-rate moving services.

Patch, paint*, and repair.

Patch any holes in the wall from mounting a TV, hanging pictures, or anything else. Restore the walls to an approved paint color and make any repairs necessary. You can find a Provider on Takl to help you with handyman work before your move-out, including adjusting crooked cabinets, fixing squeaky doors, and other small but important handyman services.

Clean.

The last thing you want to do is get fined because you left the place a mess. Do yourself and the next tenant a favor and make sure the place sparkles. This can be more of a challenge than it seems as preparing for your move can leave you super short on time. Good thing that you can find fast cleaning help on Takl, as soon as the very same day in most markets!

*Not all services available in all regions