Move-in/Move-out Checklist

Preparing for an upcoming move? Read through the following AAPM information to help guide you through this process

It’s all about the Details……

We know you have a lot on your plate,  please accept our helpful checklists as our desire to help minimize any headaches with your upcoming move. Before you pack your first box, take some time to read through the steps below. If you still have questions, give us a call at

Move-in Checklist

We are so pleased you have decided to rent an Above All Property Management rental home, welcome! We sincerely hope you enjoy your stay with us.  Every effort has been made to ensure that your rental home is clean and in move-in condition.  Upon signing your Rental Contract, your signature acknowledges acceptance of your home in "as-is" clean condition.  Any required repairs will be taken care in order of urgency and importance as you report them to AAPM via your tenant maintenance request portal.

First Month's Rent & Security Deposit

At the signing of your Rental contract,  all applicable funds are due and payable within 24 hours as outlined in the Rental Acceptance Letter you received. If needed, confirm the amount with us in advance.  We are happy to provide wiring instructions to comply with the 24 hour requirement.  Please call our office for wiring instructions at 919-341-9555.  AAPM will never ask you for your account information via email nor will we provide wiring instructions via email.

Move-in Date & Inspection

We will provide all necessary information about your move-in upon the full signing of your Rental Contract. You will receive a Move In Checklist to complete within 3 days of taking legal possession (generally the first day of your lease). If you fail to submit your Move-In form within 3 days of taking possession of the property, in accordance with your lease, you accept each item on the form in GOOD condition and each item must be returned in GOOD condition. Failure to do so will result in charges billed against your security deposit at move out.


Be sure to place all utility accounts for your rental home in your name as quickly as possible to begin on the first day of your lease.  You will need to provide AAPM with confirmation of each utility account, emailed to Failure to do this may result in outages and you will be responsible for all fees associated with restoring access.  Move-In may be delayed if utilities are not in your name at legal possession (first day of your lease.)

Move-out Checklist

When you decide to leave an Above All Property Management rental, keep the following important steps in mind.

Notice of Intent to Vacate

We ask all tenants to provide us with written notice of intent to vacate, found on your tenant portal. This gives us time to begin marketing the home again and taking care of any administrative tasks associated with the moving process.


Property Condition
  • You are required to return the home empty and in a clean and sanitized condition.
  • Remove all personal belongings and trash from the rental. Only leave items in the property that were there when you moved in.
  • General:
    • Remove all cobwebs from walls and ceilings.
    • Floor, wall and/or ceiling vents should be vacuumed and/or washed.
    • Clean all electrical and switch plates.
    • Vacuum all carpet including edges and corners by baseboards.
    • All baseboards should be wiped throughout home.
    • Floors in kitchen, bath, and any other hard surface should be scrubbed.
    • Fireplace(s) should be clean of all debris, including ashes and the chimney swept, any glass front should be cleaned.
    • Drapes/curtains should be vacuumed throughout.
    • Blinds should be cleaned throughout.
    • Light bulbs should be replaced where needed throughout entire home and garage
    (including fridge, vent hood, oven, microwave, etc.). Light bulb tint needs to match and be the
    correct wattage.
    • Everything must be removed from closets (including coat hangers) and shelves need to be
    • Clean ceiling fan blades.
    • Empty and clean out storage units and/or garage, deck or patio. Sweep floors and patio.
    • Replace any dead smoke detector batteries.
    • Replace HVAC filter, if applicable.
    • Replace garage remote/keypad batteries if necessary.
    • Remove all paper towel holders.
    • Remove all hooks, ceiling hooks, mounted mirrors, etc. that you installed.
    • Washer and Dryer need to be wiped down and be free of dust, hair, residue, etc. Inside of
    the washer, where detergent and softeners are put, need to be cleaned out. Lint trap needs
    to be cleaned.
    • Clean behind washer and dryer.
  • Kitchen: (When moving mobile appliances, please be careful not to damage floors)
    • Range should be completely cleaned, including broiler pans.
    • Clean stovetop, panel and dials.
    • Drip pans should be removed and the underneath surface cleaned.
    • Drip pans must be cleaned (Drip pans will be replaced at your expense if they don’t come
    • Clean under and behind stove.
    • Exhaust fans and overhead light should be free from grease and dirt, including filter.
    • Dishwasher should be wiped out, including around the inside of the door.
    • Garbage disposal should have ice cubes ran through it.
    • Clean inside and outside surface of microwave, including underside filter.
    • Defrost freezer, if applicable, and remove any water. DO NOT TURN OFF FRIDGE WHEN VACATING, Put ice maker in “off” position.
    • Clean inside refrigerator and under drawers.
    • Clean all countertop surfaces.
    • Clean the inside and outside of all cabinets. Wipe down all shelves.
    • Clean and wipe out all drawers.
    • Clean sink and faucet fixtures.
    • Wipe down all pantry shelves.
    • Clean light fixtures and covers. Wash if needed.
    • Clean all walls, including ceilings and corners.
    • Mop floor and/or vacuum carpet.
    • Wipe down all woodwork.
    • Clean doors and around frames.
  • Living Room:
    • Clean light fixture and covers.
    • Clean walls, ceilings and corners.
    • Clean windows, windowsills and tracks.
    • Clean doors and around doorframes.
    • Remove any cobwebs.
  • Bathroom(s):
    • Tiles should be washed and grout cleaned.
    • Vanity and medicine cabinet should be cleaned, including shelves and mirrors.
    • Tub, shower, sink and toilet should be cleaned and sanitized.
    • Glass door, if applicable, should be cleaned so all of the soap scum and water spot removed.
    • Exhaust fans should be cleaned.
    • Clean bathtub, shower walls and fixtures.
    • Wipe down towel racks.
    • Thoroughly clean toilet inside and out, all surfaces.
    • Wipe down all countertops.
    • Clean and wipe out all drawers.
    • Clean light fixtures and covers.
    • Clean walls, ceilings and corners.
    • Remove any cobwebs.
    • Mop floor and/or vacuum carpet.
    • Clean windows, windowsills and tracks.
    • Clean doors and around doorframes.
  • Bedroom(s):
    • Clean light fixtures and covers.
    • Clean walls, ceilings and corners.
    • Remove any cobwebs.
    • Clean windows, windowsills and tracks.
    • Clean doors and around doorframes.
  • Yard Area:
    • Weed all yard and flower bed areas.
    • All pet feces to be picked up and disposed of properly.
    • Fill in any holes, if needed, repair lawn with fresh soil, seed and hay to cover area.
    • Mow and edge the lawn, if applicable.
    • Remove all personal items and garbage.
  • Garage and/or Storage Area:
    • All trash needs to be removed from the premises.
    • Clean any oil stains from the floor using appropriate cleaner.
    • Sweep floor.
    • Unprogram your built-in car garage door opener remote (if applicable).


  • As required by your rental agreement, you will be responsible for the cost of professionally steam cleaning your carpet, which shall be performed after you have completely moved out. We encourage you to have this service scheduled and performed on your own, however, you will need to provide a receipt showing the carpet was professionally cleaned by an AAPM approved carpet cleaner, please look on your tenant portal for a current list or call our office.. Renting a cleaner or using your personal carpet cleaner is NOT sufficient. If you have pets, a pet treatment, similar to Odoban will need to be done as well.
  • Landscaping & Outdoor Areas: If you normally handle lawn care and landscaping for the property, be sure to take care of these tasks once more before moving out.
  • SEPTIC (If Applicable): Tenant will also be responsible for having the system pumped at move out and will be required to provide a receipt. Failure to provide a receipt will result in us having the system pumped at the Tenant’s expense.
  • Repairs: If any cosmetic damage has occurred during your stay with us, take the steps necessary to address the problems. Leave all nails and screws in the walls. DO NOT attempt to patch or paint over any holes in the walls. We will not charge for filling nail holes unless they are large or there is an unusual quantity (more than 2 per wall)

***This list is for reference only and not intended to be all-inclusive***


IMPORTANT: Please deactivate AUTO-PAY in your tenant portal, and schedule a ONETIME payment for your final month of rent if your rent will be prorated. If this is not done, your full rent will automatically be charged. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!

Showing the Property

We will begin advertising and showing the property once we receive your notice to vacate. We will make every effort to make showings as quick and convenient as possible. We use a professional showing service and they will make every effort to contact you before showing the property as specified in your lease.  No one will ever show up at your door without you having prior knowledge through a courtesy call or appointment.  Do not let anyone inside your home without having first heard from our service called Showing Time.

Security Deposit

Your security deposit protects against any damage that could potentially occur during your stay. After you vacate the home, our management team will perform one final inspection. Your security deposit does NOT apply to your last month’s rent.

If we identify any damage beyond normal wear and tear, we will schedule repair visits and deduct the expenses from your deposit.  The remainder will be returned to you, along with an itemized statement and copies of the invoices for work performed.

NOTE: In the event you do not leave the home in a rent ready condition upon vacating, a $150 make ready coordination fee will be withheld from your security deposit. Remember, you cannot use your deposit as your final month's rent. If you fail to pay rent for the last month of your stay, your delinquency will be reported to the appropriate credit bureaus. We may also pursue legal action for back rent owed.

***Any personal property left behind after you have moved out of the home is discarded and cannot be returned or mailed.  Please make sure you do a thorough search to ensure the home is completely vacant.