Living in on-post housing has many advantages. Quite often it can be cheaper as rent and all utilities are included. Amenities and on call maintenance makes living easy and everything you need on post is close by. Housing was once run by the military, today most bases have private housing companies. These companies will be the one to inspect your house when you move out. By planning your move out, you can avoid costly fees that may occur.
You will need to notify the housing your intent to move out. The sooner, the better. The housing office will set a date for pre-inspection and final inspection. These dates will help you determine when you want to schedule movers and help you plan the cleaning of your home to make it inspection ready.
Pre-inspection is pretty simple. A representative of the company will walk through your home and note damages and areas you need to clean. They will provide you with a list of things they will expect in the final inspection as well. While the military has a few different private housing companies, most all follow the same guidelines.
All cabinets must be clean inside and out. Many will go ahead and pack up dishes and other kitchen utensils. You can use paper plates and cups during your last week, and keep just a couple of essential pots and pans. Stoves must be cleaned, check with your office for many stoves are self-cleaning. Refrigerators must be cleaned and empty. The day before your inspection, invite your neighbor over. Trust me, she’ll take any food off your hands.
Tubs and showers must be cleaned of any soap scum or mold. Invest in a cheap plastic shower curtain and pack all your decorations away. Toilets and sinks must be cleaned and in working order. Cabinets must be cleared and cleaned, keep essential toiletries in a tote. This will save you time on cleaning and you can take it with you during your move.
Check with your housing office; some companies do not require you to fix small holes in the wall that may of occurred when you hung up pictures. If you painted your walls, you will need to repaint them back to the original color. Check again with your housing office, they may provide you with paint. All walls must be cleaned, buy a sponge mop at the dollar store and use warm water with a bit of dish soap to clean. Use a warm rag to clean all base boards. Carpets must be clean and free of any damage. You can rent a carpet cleaner at local store for a small fee. All light bulbs must be in working order and all ceiling fans need to be cleaned of any dust. Replace any broken blinds and clean windows, inside and out. Floors need to be cleaned, if you have any scruff marks use a magic eraser to remove them.
Gardens will need to be free of weeds and mulched appropriately. Some housing companies require you to remove any flowers you planted. Porches need to be free of debris and outside light bulbs need to be in working order. Most companies do not require extensive cleaning of the exterior of the home. They provide power washing twice a year. When you move out, your trash cans will need to be emptied and cleaned. Keep that in mind, you may have to use your neighbor’s trash can or a local dumpster. If you have pets who have dug holes in your yard, you will need to fill them and plant grass seed. If you have any oil stains on your driveway or garage, you will need to clean it.