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Moving Out

You have to move your belongings to the airport or dock so you can get them home. One way to get the help loading the truck is by buying lunch for your friends. It really works.

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When you are getting ready to leave America, you will need to clean your dorm, apartment, or house and get the utilities turned off. Depending on what kind of housing you have been living in while in America, there are different considerations. We have listed these below.

Dormitory or other on-campus housing:

If you lived in your school's on-campus housing you will probably only have to clean the room(s) thoroughly and call to have your telephone service disconnected (it is a good idea to tell both your local and long-distance carriers that you are leaving). If you rented any small appliances from the school -a microwave/refrigerator combination, for instance-make certain that you return them as well. Your school's housing office can also provide you with a checklist for moving out.

Apartment or house:

Moving out of an apartment requires you to do everything you would in moving out of a dormitory, as well as a few others. First of all, you need to give your apartment manager at least one month's notice of your move, so that cleaners can be scheduled (this does not replace your cleaning of the apartment) and the apartment rented to someone else. Also, if you were responsible for utilities such as gas, electricity, water, or trash, you must inform them that you are leaving. This is best done one month in advance, so that you can give notice to everyone at one time. Also remember that you need to have your mail sent to a new location. If you need information about how to do this, refer to our postal service page.

Remember to get any security deposits back when you leave. You will be charged for any damage beyond reasonable "wear and tear" on the apartment. You may also be charged if you did not fully clean the apartment when you left, so it is important to clean up and make repairs before turning in your keys. The most common small charge is for holes made in walls by pushpins (usually holding up posters). These can be covered up, in most cases, with some toothpaste, and while this is an inexpensive technique, it can save you a few dollars.

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