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Prepare your previous home for a new occupant before long distance moving

  • March 30, 2012

Prepare your previous home for a new occupant before long distance moving

If you've been living in housing subsidized by your employer, there's a good chance you're going to relocate to another part of the country in the near future. When you finally get word you'll need long distance moving and storage services, you should be prepared to get the house in order for the next occupant. This is a good idea not only to be polite, but because your contract with an employer might require it. Here are some good steps to take for making long distance moving a lot easier for you and the next tenant.

Put everything in storage
If you have a lot of things in your home that will eventually have to be taken by relocation movers, it might be helpful to have them put into storage well before you begin relocating. Besides helping you quickly get to your next job posting, this lets the next occupant visit and visualize how they're going to move their own possessions in when the house belongs to them.

Get some financial help with cleaning
If your company is going to require you make the place spotless before you leave, you can at least request some dispensation for supplies. Either buy them ahead of time and keep the receipts so you can be reimbursed or wait until you've been provided with petty cash or a gift certificate to cover the cost of some cleansers. 

Collaborate and communicate
When you have someone new moving into your apartment or house, it actually helps to be in regular contact with them. That way, you can plan out all sorts of things, from your final move to their first day of bringing possessions in. You can get a lot of leeway from this kind of arrangement, so even the hard and fast rules your employer might have laid out for you to follow will be less restrictive when you have the support of the new tenant.

Take plenty of pictures
Of course, at the end of the day you need to protect your own interests. It's possible, if you're contractually obligated to make a home spotless by the time you move out, damage or messes that weren't made by you can be laid at your feet. The only surefire way to prevent this from happening is to take plenty of pictures of the entire home just as you're walking out the door. You can prove to your employer and the next occupant what state the place was in, and any security deposit losses or contractual penalties won't be incurred so long as you can easily show the pictures.


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