Like most White Plains renters, you probably want to get your security deposit back. If you do, you should plan for good property maintenance. Property repairs are among the top reasons landlords withhold security deposit funds in the first place. So it follows that you need to minimize the number of potential repairs your landlord has to do after you have moved out. You can cultivate several habits as a renter that can help ensure that the property will be in good condition when you leave, therefore ensuring that your security deposit will be refunded in full.
1. Decorate Without Holes
One of the things you should plan ahead of time is how to decorate your rental home. Avoid making holes in the walls or any permanent changes to the property since you will likely be responsible for its costly repairs after you move out. Instead of nails or screws, use non-marking, removable fasteners to hang up your decor. These hooks are able to support varying weights and sizes and can be removed without damage to the wall.
Another simple solution is to use coasters or pads underneath table legs, couches, and other heavy items in order to protect your floors whenever you move furniture around. Floor damage is very common and costs a lot to repair. Having the right supplies on hand can help you avoid gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpet whenever you move furniture around.
2. Regular Deep Cleaning
You should also clean your rental home regularly if you want to get your security deposit back. The longer you will be staying in a home, the more important a cleaning regimen will be. Regular surface cleaning can get rid of most of the grime in the short term, but regular deep cleanings are needed if you will be staying in your rental home for more than a few months. Deep cleaning should include scrubbing grout, wiping down kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans, cleaning appliances (fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher), and performing basic maintenance on appliances. Also, remember to clear hair from drains, change light bulbs, dust blinds, and ceiling fans. By regularly cleaning your rental home, you can avoid funds being taken out of your deposit for easily avoidable repairs.
3. Minimize Damage
If you have kids or pets living with you, you should minimize any possible damage they may cause. Having children and pets will mean you have to take extra precautions to take care of your home’s painted walls and other surfaces. It will help if you place furniture and other big items against the walls to protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Use rugs around your house to protect floors as well as provide a soft place for your little ones to enjoy. You can also designate certain areas of the house for pets or playtime to limit possible damage to walls or floors to a smaller area. Keep quality cleaning materials, such as magic erasers, within reach to remove scuffs and rogue scribbles.
4. Report Maintenance Issues
Finally, you might think it unusual advice to alert your landlord when maintenance issues start appearing in the home. This is a smart practice. First of all, when you tell your landlord about maintenance issues, they can address them right away. Regular maintenance or minor repairs helps avoid major repairs later on. Secondly, any damage noted after you move out is considered your responsibility; but things your landlord fixes while you are still a tenant are typically paid for by the landlord. When you report maintenance issues as they arise, you can increase your chances of getting your entire security deposit back after moving out.
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