6 must-dos before moving out of your apartment

How to Prep Your Apartment for Moving Day

Moving is always stressful, and the last thing you want to worry about during the big change is your finances. According to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average cost of an intrastate move is $1,170, and this extra expense might take its toll on your budget for the year. Now that you've found your new home or apartment, you'll need to wrap up some loose ends and make sure you're keeping an eye on spending and last-minute expenses.

Whether you want to ensure you get your security deposit back or just want a smooth transition to your new place, here are six smart things you need to do before moving out of your apartment.

1. Schedule a walk-through with the landlord. Some landlords will book this as soon as you give your notice while others will wait for the tenant to set it up. The walk-through allows your landlord to assess the condition of your apartment before you leave and sign off on anything that needs to be replaced. Documenting findings in writing will protect you from having to pay extra expenses when you move out.

Also check out the 20 most expensive places for renters in the US:

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20. Franklin, Tennessee

Metro area: Nashville

Median household income: $94,458

Average rent: $2,534

Source: HomeUnion 

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19. Baldwin Park, Florida

Metro area: Orlando

Median household income: $95,292

Average rent: $2,553

Source: HomeUnion

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18. Rice Military, Texas

Metro area: Houston

Median household income: $97,546

Average rent: $2,858

Source: HomeUnion 

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17. Chicago Loop, Illinois

Metro area: Chicago

Median household income: $97,645

Average rent: $2,275

Source: HomeUnion 

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16. Lone Tree, Colorado

Metro area: Denver

Median household income: $99,398

Average rent: $3,019

Source: HomeUnion 

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15. Cary, North Carolina

Metro area: Raleigh

Median household income: $99,489

Average rent: $1,979

Source: HomeUnion 

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14. Buckhead Heights, Georgia

Metro area: Atlanta

Median household income: $100,662

Average rent: $2,307

Source: HomeUnion 

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13. Kirkland, Washington

Metro area: Seattle

Median household income: $103,962

Average rent: $2,793

Source: HomeUnion 

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12. Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Metro area: Philadelphia

Median household income: $104,337

Average rent: $2,889

Source: HomeUnion 

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11. Highland Park, Texas

Metro area: Dallas/Fort Worth

Median household income: $108,973

Average rent: $4,268

Source: HomeUnion 

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10. Corona del Mar, California 

Metro area: Orange County

Median household income: $119,091

Average rent: $5,109

Source: HomeUnion

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9. Rockridge, California 

Metro area: Oakland

Median household income: $120,236

Average rent: $4,670

Source: HomeUnion

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8. Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 

Metro area: Boston

Median household income: $120,993

Average rent: $4,070

Source: HomeUnion 

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7. Carmel Valley, California 

Metro area: San Diego

Median household income: $126,841

Average rent: $3,988

Source: HomeUnion

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6. Cupertino, California 

Metro area: San Jose, CA

Median household income: $129,371

Average rent: $4,384

Source: HomeUnion

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5. Manhattan Beach, California 

Metro area: Los Angeles

Median household income: $139,898

Average rent: $6,323

Source: HomeUnion

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4. Herndon, Virginia 

Metro area: Washington, DC

Median household income: $142,488

Average rent: $2,462

Source: HomeUnion 

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3. Newport-Jersey City, New Jersey 

Metro area: Northern New Jersey

Median household income: $143,846

Average rent: $2,910

Source: HomeUnion

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2. Financial District/Rincon Hill, California

Metro area: San Francisco

Median household income: $151,879

Average rent: $4,980

Source: HomeUnion

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1. Tribeca, New York

Metro area: New York

Median household income: $204,822

Average rent: $8,762

Source: HomeUnion

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2. Set up cable and electricity at the new place. It can take 12 to 24 hours – or more – for a representative from the cable or electric company to set up service in your new place, and even more time to actually start service. If you want to have service the day you move in, make sure to schedule this visit a few days prior so you don't have to worry about it. You may need to pay a prorated fee for those extra days but will have peace of mind that you have what you need to get settled in.

3. Schedule a deep cleaning day. Ideally, you will want to have everything moved out of your apartment before you start cleaning because you'll need to scrub the walls, moldings and all the major appliances thoroughly. Figure out what day the movers will be taking away your things so the apartment is completely free of any furniture and personal items. Hire a cleaning service to come in and do a deep clean for you or plan on spending a few hours cleaning everything yourself. Make sure the apartment looks as good as it did before you moved in to get your security deposit back.

[See: Your Month-to-Month Guide to Savings.]

4. Submit a change of address form. This is one of those moving checklist items that's easy to forget, so take care of it as soon as you know when your move-in date will be. You can submit a change of address form online through the United States Postal Service website and get a confirmation via email and regular mail when it is complete. This will ensure all your mail is going to the correct mailbox so you don't miss any important bills and letters.

[See: 12 Ways to Be a More Mindful Spender.]

5. Document everything. Make sure you have made a note of any problem areas in the apartment, broken appliances or other items that need to be fixed (and have been reported to the landlord but have yet to be addressed). Take photos so you have proof of the condition of these items and keep a file of any correspondence you have had with the landlord about fixing these things before you leave. You should not be responsible for the cost of repairs as long as you have already reported everything according to your lease terms.

6. Update your budget. Your monthly expenses may be changing significantly if you are moving into a bigger place, a new neighborhood or even across the state. Take some time to update your budget with your new rental fees or mortgage costs, taxes, changes in utility bills and any other new expenses you are assuming with the new home. Doing this now can help you better prepare for those upcoming bills and give you a fair idea of what your recurring expenses are going to look like for the next year or more.

Copyright 2016 U.S. News & World Report

RELATED: See the fast-growing cities in America this year:

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17. St. George, Utah, metro area

2014 Population: 151,876
2015 Population: 155,602
Percent Change: 2.5%

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16. Raleigh, North Carolina, metro area

2014 Population: 1,243,035
2015 Population: 1,273,568
Percent Change: 2.5%

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15. College Station-Bryan, Texas, metro area

2014 Population: 242,919
2015 Population: 249,156
Percent Change: 2.6%

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14. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida, metro area

2014 Population: 348,355
2015 Population: 357,305
Percent Change: 2.6%

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13. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, metro area

2014 Population: 2,326,729
2015 Population: 2,387,138
Percent Change: 2.6%

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12. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina, metro area

2014 Population: 202,137
2015 Population: 207,413
Percent Change: 2.6%

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11. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, metro area

2014 Population: 748,795
2015 Population: 768,918
Percent Change: 2.7%

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10. Fort Collins, Colorado, metro area

2014 Population: 324,657
2015 Population: 333,577
Percent Change: 2.7%

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9. Punta Gorda, Florida, metro area

2014 Population: 168,437
2015 Population: 173,115
Percent Change: 2.8%

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8. Bend-Redmond, Oregon, metro area

2014 Population: 170,398
2015 Population: 175,268
Percent Change: 2.9%

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7. Austin-Round Rock, Texas, metro area

2014 Population: 1,943,465
2015 Population: 2,000,860
Percent Change: 3.0%

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6. Greeley, Colorado, metro area

2014 Population: 276,379
2015 Population: 285,174
Percent Change: 3.2%

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5. Odessa, Texas, metro area

2014 Population: 154,399
2015 Population: 159,436
Percent Change: 3.3%

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4. Midland, Texas, metro area

2014 Population: 161,440
2015 Population: 166,718
Percent Change: 3.3%

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3. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida, metro area

2014 Population: 679,233
2015 Population: 701,982
Percent Change: 3.3%

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2. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-North Carolina, metro area

2014 Population: 417,177
2015 Population: 431,964
Percent Change: 3.5%

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1. The Villages, Florida, metro area

2014 Population: 114,000
2015 Population: 118,891
Percent Change: 4.3%

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