Move Out – Move In Tips

Moving Car

The old couches and desks are filling the curb and that means one thing: campus/downtown move-out is fully upon us.  (thankfully I am not moving, half because my roommates and I really like our place, half because we didn’t want to have to go through the move again)

I’ll be walking around the student neighborhoods over the next few days, saying farewell to those moving out of the 8th district and also welcoming in many of the new 8th district residents. Since many, if not most, residents are first time renters, it is important to get the word out about best move-out practices to ensure students are not taken advantage of by landlords, especially relating to security deposit deductions. Thus, I will be handing out some tips and links to help educate tenants of their rights and responsibilities. A few other avenues have also been very supportive of these efforts, including Brenda Konkel over at the Tenant Resource Center (see links for more tips).

Here are some tips to all who are braving the move:

–  Clean, try to make the apartment as clean as when you moved in.

– Take pictures of your apartment. You can request photo proof of security deposit deductions from your landlord!

– Forward your mail and leave your new address with your landlord—all correspondence and security deposit returns will be sent to your last known address unless otherwise specified in your lease.

–  When you arrive at your new place, take the time to thoroughly inspect your apartment and document ALL existing damage and wear and tear on your check-in form, so that you won’t be charged for those items when you move out next year.

– The Tenant Resource Center is a great source of information, advice, and help for all questions, concerns, or complaints. Check out their website, or call them at 608-257-0006. The TRC is open M-F from 9am to 6pm and will be open Aug 15th & 16th from noon to 4pm.

– Feel free to me at or call me at 608-335-5091 with any questions or concerns.

Also, the City of Madison Streets & Recycling have come up with some great plans to help those moving. From their website:

New this year, the Streets Division will be emptying refuse and recycling carts everyday between Monday August 10th through Friday August 14th.  Fill up your carts according to the guidelines below and roll them to the curb anytime this week.

We will empty your carts so you can fill them up again.  You may fill up your carts and roll them out as often as you like during the week of August 10th.

Using your carts for refuse and recycling is easier than lugging bags or material to the curb.  It will keep your neighborhood cleaner and make this year’s move out the easiest ever.

It also means that several hundred tons of trash will make its way to the curb in a three day period. The Streets Division needs your help to make this year’s move out as orderly as possible. Please follow these guidelines when placing trash and recycling at the curb during the move out.

  • Do NOT put trash in cardboard boxes. Boxes must be flattened and bundled for recycling. Go to: Mandatory Recycling
  • Keep refuse and large items separate when placed at the curb.
  • Nothing but recycling in your green recycling cart.  Do not put recycling in your tan refuse cart.
  • Put all recycling at the curb in the green recycling cart or clear plastic bags.  No loose piles of recycling.
  • Do Not Take The Recycling or Refuse Carts. The Carts belong to the City and must remain behind when you move. There will be carts at your new apartment if you will be using City recycling services.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or large items around your recycling or refuse carts.
  • Put all refuse at the curb in your tan refuse cart or trash bags. No loose piles of trash/garbage.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of furniture or appliances.
  • Keep larger metal items separate from other material so that it can be recycled.
  • Most appliances, including microwaves require a fee for collection. Go to: Appliance Collection

Questions? Call 246-4532 East or 266-4681 West.

Donate Your Usable Goods

Many renters find that they have many usable items they no longer need such as clean clothing, small furniture, unopened nonperishable food, and kitchen items. Instead of throwing those items out when you move, we have organized several places where you can donate usable items in the downtown area.

Please, no junk, just items that can be reused.

Just bring your usable goods to the following location on the dates listed and they will be put to good use by St. Vincent DePaul and Goodwill.

Downtown Drop Off Sites For Usable Goods:

Gorham & Henry: Holy Redeemer Church Parking Lot
120 W. Johnson St. Just off State St.
St. Vincent de Paul truck

  • August 11 to 13, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • August 14th 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Regent & Mills: Behind McDonald’s on Regent St. in UW Lot 51
St. Vincent de Paul truck

  • August 11 to August 13, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • August 14th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Location: Bassett & Mifflin
near the old Mifflin St. Co-op
Goodwill truck

  • August 11 to 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • August 14, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sell or Give Away Use-able Items or Find Bargains for Your New Apartment on the Madison Stuff Exchange

Because so many people are moving into new apartments, the demand for used furniture and other household items will be very high.  That makes this a great time to list items you no longer use on the Madison Stuff Exchange.

Area residents should take advantage of the influx of new residents by listing unwanted household items on the Madison Stuff Exchange. This free web sites is also a great place for new residents to find items for their apartment.

Residents of Madison and Dane County can register to use the site at no charge.  Items can be given away or offered for sale.  There is a maximum sale price of $99 for any item and businesses may not use the site to sell their products or services.  Residents looking for items can also register and post their wanted list on line.

The address of the Madison Stuff Exchange is



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