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Do You Want Your Security Deposit Back? 5 Habits That Will Help

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If you are like the majority of renters, you want to be getting your security deposit back if you move out. However, did you know that one of the effective ways to ascertain what you do is good property maintenance? Property repairs are among the prominent causes White Plain’s property managers withhold security deposit funds particularly. So, striving to reduce the number of potential repairs needed after you move out is understandable. You can also acquire helpful habits as a renter to leave the property properly and get your security deposit refunded in full.

Document Everything

Getting your security deposit back generally starts before you move into your new rental home! This is related to the fact the condition of the house before you move is not technically your responsibility. Still, if there is no record of pre-existing damage, your landlord may be able to pin any blame on you. This is why, before you move in, you should stroll through every room of your new home and document every aspect of its condition. Most landlords will give you a walk-through checklist, which you should complete and keep a copy of. Even if they don’t, make notes regarding any existing damage, regardless of how minor and potential repair and maintenance items are. On top of that, take photos of everything in your notes! This will be weighty evidence to support your case if a dispute exists.

Regular Deep Cleaning

One of the crucial things you can do to ensure you get your security deposit back is to clean your rental home regularly. The longer you stay in a home, the more critical it will be to keep up with your cleaning regimen. Even conceding that surface cleaning will keep most of the grime at bay in the short term, regular deep cleanings are demanded if you plan to stay in your rental home long-term. Deep cleaning should include scrubbing grout, wiping down kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans, cleaning appliances (fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher), and applying essential appliance maintenance. Also, remember to clear hair from drains, change light bulbs, and dust blinds and ceiling fans. Executing these tasks most often will help see that your landlord doesn’t withhold any part of your security deposit for cleaning after you move out.

Decorate with Care

Exercise caution when decorating your rental home to enhance your chances of receiving your full security deposit upon moving out. Avoid creating numerous holes in the walls or implementing permanent changes, as these can result in costly repairs for which you’ll be held accountable. Instead of using nails or screws for hanging décor, opt for non-marking, removable fasteners. These hooks can securely hold items of various weights and sizes and can be removed without causing damage to the walls.

Protect your floors by placing coasters or pads under table legs, couches, and other large items when moving furniture in or out. Floor damage is a common issue and can incur substantial repair costs. With thoughtful planning and the right supplies, you can prevent gouges, scrapes, or carpet tears when rearranging furniture, preserving the integrity of the rental property.

Minimize Damage

If you have kids or pets living in your rental, it’s wise to do whatever possible to minimize any damage they may cause. Both children and pets can be pretty hard on a home’s painted walls and other surfaces, which specifies taking extra precautions. You might consider putting furniture or other items together against the walls to protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Rugs can help protect floors and supply a soft place for your little ones to love. Or, it may be functional to designate certain areas of the house for pets or playtime so that any damage to walls or floors is limited to a handful of rooms. Use quality cleaning materials, for example, magic erasers, to clear away scuffs and rogue scribbles.

Communication is Key

Remembering the importance of regular and transparent communication with your landlord is crucial. While it may initially seem counterintuitive to report maintenance issues promptly, it is a wise practice. Early communication means that your landlord can quickly address maintenance concerns and possibly prevent more significant repairs down the line. During your lease period, landlords typically cover the costs of repairs, but any damages discovered after you move out become your responsibility. By proactively reporting maintenance issues, you enhance the likelihood of receiving your full security deposit upon moving out, demonstrating your commitment to the proper upkeep of the property.


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Originally Published on April 16, 2021

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