We want to make your move as easy as possible.

Getting ready to move into a new property? We want to ensure your move takes place seamlessly, which is why we've created these checklists. Read through the information on this page to get answers to frequently asked questions and to better understand how the move-in and move-out process unfolds.

If you still have questions, send us a quick email: hello@givingtreepm.com

Move-in Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance into a Giving Tree Property Management property. Start your tenancy off right by following these important steps:

First Month's Rent & Security Deposit

Your first month's rent and security deposit should be paid at the lease signing. If you owe any additional fees related to the application process, these are also payable at that time.

Move-in Date & Inspection

Your official move-in date and inspection will be scheduled at the time of the lease signing.


By moving into a Giving Tree property management home, you agree to place all utility accounts for the property in your name. Please do this as quickly as possible after signing the lease, as you may otherwise lose access to your utilities temporarily. You will be responsible for any fees associated with restoring utility access.

Move-out Checklist

As your tenancy draws to a close, please be sure to handle the following important responsibilities.

Notice of Intent to Vacate

If you're planning to leave your property at the end of your current lease, we ask that you provide written notice of your intent to vacate. This gives us time to market the home and find new renters.

Property Condition

  • Rental¬†Cleaning: You are responsible for bringing your property back to rent-ready condition at the end of your lease; in other words, the home should be ready for someone else to move in when you move out. Remove all of your belongings and carefully clean the unit. If you don't do so properly, we will be bill you for professional cleaning.
  • Landscaping & Outdoor Areas: If you are generally responsible for outdoor maintenance tasks at your unit, take care of these once more before vacating the property.
  • Repairs: If any damage occurred during your stay, take the necessary steps to handle repairs. Patch holes left by nails and screws and be sure to replace any burnt lightbulbs. If more significant damage is present, contact us to find the right solution to the problem.

Security Deposit

You must pay the security deposit as a safeguard against damage that could occur during your stay in the property. Remember, these funds cannot be used to pay your last month's rent.

After you move out, we will perform a final inspection. If we identify any new damage, we will schedule repairs and deduct expenses for these visits from your deposit.

Per California state law, we have 21 days from your departure to return the security deposit funds to you. Please note, while we do everything possible to process your deposit quickly, it may take some time for us to wrap up the administrative and maintenance tasks associated with ending your tenancy. We will return your funds within the allotted timeframe.