Subleasing Part 3 | What to Leave Behind

When you sublet your home, it can be difficult to decide what to leave behind. The old phrase “sharing is caring” doesn’t really apply. However, there are items that are expected in every place someone moves into. The challenge is differentiating what is personal to leave behind and what is absolutely necessary. RenTrust breaks down the difference between the nice-to-haves and the need-to-haves of every sublease.

This category focuses on the basics for someone to live in your space. A subletter should be able to sleep, eat, and clean themselves… .and the apartment. If you are thinking about advertising your home as fully-furnished, your home should have at least the following:

The Necessities

This category focuses on the basics for someone to live in your space. A subletter should be able to sleep, eat, and clean themselves… .and the apartment. If you are thinking about advertising your home as fully-furnished, your home should have at least the following:

  • Bedroom - bed, desk, and storage space for clothes
  • Living room - couch/chair and table
  • Kitchen - pots/pans, utensils, and silverware
  • Bathroom - plunger, shower curtain, toilet paper, towels and hand soap
  • General: Broom/vacuum, cleaning supplies

The Premium Package

This category is about the pleasures of life. If you enjoy coffee or tea everyday, make sure you leave the coffee pot or hot water machine for your guest. Don’t disrupt their morning routine and make them pay those outrageous Starbucks prices.

  • Bedroom - bed sheets, additional lighting
  • Living Room - coffee table, TV, bookshelf, lamp
  • Kitchen - coffee/tea pot, food storage containers, blender, microwave, toaster oven
  • Bathroom - shampoo/body wash, bath mat, and some basic medical supplies (aspirin, cough drops, bandaids), and hair dryer
  • General: Iron and ironing board

In addition to the necessities, here are the other semi-important things to leave behind: microwave, food containers, laundry supplies, bathroom supplies,

Take it or Leave it (in storage)

Any item in your home that carries significant value should be stored or taken with you when you sublease. An often overlooked subcategory of personal items is paperwork. There are several good options to handle these types of items:

  • Rent a storage unit
  • Store with family or friends
  • Pack them and take them with you
  • Buy a safe for your apartment

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