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Do You Want Your Security Deposit Back? 4 Habits That Will Help

Couple Deep Cleaning Windows in ApartmentAs a renter in Sandy, it is a great idea to set up a plan to get your security deposit back. One of the most necessary things to plan even ahead of time is proper property maintenance. Property repairs are among the most serious reasons landlords withhold security deposit funds for starters. So it makes good sense to minimize the number of potential repairs that will require to be conducted after you move out. You can cultivate several habits as a renter to see to it that you leave the property in superb condition and, indeed more importantly, that you will receive your security deposit refunded in full.

1.    Decorate Without Holes

One of the first things you could plan ahead of time is how to decorate your rental home. Making several holes in the walls or establishing other permanent changes to the property can result in expensive repairs after moving out, all of which you will be held liable for. Contrary to making use of nails or screws to hang up your décor items, it’s better to use non-marking, removable fasteners, on the other hand. These hooks can hold items of varying weights and sizes and commonly can be stripped off without damaging the wall.

To protect your floors while moving furniture in or out, think about putting to use coasters or pads on the underside of table legs, couches, and other heavy items. Floor damage is rather common and exorbitant to repair. However, by simply planning and making use of suitable supplies on hand, you can avoid gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpet anytime you’re moving furniture around.

2.    Regular Deep Cleaning

Another vital thing you can do to make sure you can collect your security deposit back is to clean your rental home quite regularly. The longer you live in a home, the more critical it will be to stay abreast of your cleaning regimen. Granting that surface cleaning will keep most of the grime at bay for a brief period of time, regular deep cleanings are essential if you actually plan to live in your rental home for more than a couple of months. Deep cleaning should comprise scrubbing grout, wiping down kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans, cleaning appliances (fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher), and performing basic maintenance on appliances. Likewise, don’t miss to clear hair from drains, change light bulbs, dust blinds, and ceiling fans. By constantly cleaning your rental home, you can hinder funds being removed from your deposit for easily avoidable repairs.

3.    Minimize Damage

If you have kids or pets dwelling in your rental with you, it’s crucial to do anything that is possible to minimize any damage they may cause. Both children and pets can be hard on a home’s painted walls and other surfaces, which indicates taking some additional precautions. You might try placing furniture or other items against the walls to protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Rugs can further help protect floors and bestow a soft place for your little ones to have a good time. Or, it will be advantageous to designate certain areas of the house for pets or playtime so that any damage to walls or floors is narrowed to one or more rooms. Take into consideration to apply quality cleaning materials, in particular magic erasers, to erase scuffs and rogue scribbles.

4.    Report Maintenance Issues

One last point, it may truly seem counterintuitive to alert your landlord in the case that maintenance issues are starting to develop in the home. Nonetheless, it’s a very reasonable thing to do. When you tell your landlord any maintenance issues early on, they can then address them hastily. Performing maintenance or minor repairs can help avoid major repairs in the future. Additionally, any damage discovered after you depart is your burden; things that your landlord fixes while you’re still living in the home are typically paid for by the landlord. By carefully and regularly reporting maintenance issues, you can better see to it that you will take back your entire security deposit after you leave.

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