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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 Brookland, it is good to want to get your security deposit back. One of the most important things to consider is good property maintenance. Property repairs are among the top reasons landlords withhold security deposit funds in the first place. So it is sensible to minimize the number of potential repairs that have to be done after you move out. There are several habits you can cultivate as a renter that will help ensure that you leave the property in good enough condition that will ensure you get your security deposit refunded in full.

1. Decorate Without Holes

Decorating a rental home needs planning ahead of time. Avoid making a lot of holes in the walls or other permanent changes to the property if you do not want expensive repairs after moving out, which you will be responsible for. Instead of nails or screws, use non-marking, removable fasteners to hang up your decor. There are available hooks that can hold varying weights and sizes and can be removed without damaging the wall.

Coasters or pads are also useful items that you can put underneath table legs, couches, and other heavy items so your floors are protected while you move furniture around. Floor damage is very common and costs a lot to repair. If you have the right supplies on hand, you can avoid gouging or scraping floors, or tearing carpet whenever you need to move your furniture around.

2. Regular Deep Cleaning

You should also clean your rental home regularly if you want to get your security deposit back. A cleaning regimen is vital if you will be staying long in a home. Surface cleaning will get most of the grime out in the short term but you will need regular deep cleanings if you plan to stay in the rental home for longer than a couple of 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. You can keep your deposit intact by keeping your rental home clean and avoid having funds taken out for easily avoidable repairs.

3. Minimize Damage

If you live with kids or pets in your rental home, it is important to minimize any damage they could possibly cause. It is important to take extra precautions as both children and pets tend to be hard on a home’s painted walls and other surfaces. You can protect walls from scrapes, scratches, and stains by arranging your furniture against them. Colorful rugs serve dual purposes as a soft place for your little ones and as a way to protect your floors. Designating certain areas for pets or playtime also helps to limit possible damage to walls or floors to only some areas of the home. You should also have quality cleaning materials on hand, such as magic erasers, to remove scuffs and rogue scribbles.

4. Report Maintenance Issues

It may seem counterintuitive to inform your landlord when maintenance issues are developing in the home. But this is actually a good habit to develop. As soon as your landlord becomes aware of maintenance issues, they can address them immediately. Major, and usually expensive, repairs can be avoided with regular maintenance and immediate minor repairs. 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. By reporting maintenance issues, you can improve the likelihood of getting your entire security deposit back after moving out.

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