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

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If you are similar to lots of renters, you want to get your security deposit back if, as it happens, you move out. But in fact, did you know that one of the important techniques to ensure that you do, is good property maintenance? Property repairs are among the root causes St. Petersburg property managers withhold security deposit funds. So it seems reasonable to trim down the number of potential repairs that will need to be performed after you move out. You can strive to develop helpful habits as a renter to make sure that you leave the property in more than acceptable condition and, more importantly, that you will get your security deposit refunded in full.

Document Everything

Getting your security deposit back starts before you move into your new rental home! This has to do with the fact the condition of the house before you move is not technically your responsibility. However, if there is no record of pre-existing damage, your landlord may be able to hold the responsibility on you. Therefore, before you move in, you should walk slowly through every room of your new home and document every aspect of its condition. Most landlords will provide a walk-through checklist, which you should fill out and keep a copy of. But really, even if they don’t, make notes relating to any existing damage, no matter how small, and potential repair and maintenance items. On top of that, take photos of everything in your notes! If a dispute does happen, this will be solid evidence to support your case.

Regular Deep Cleaning

One of the critical things you can do to see to it you get your security deposit back is to clean your rental home consistently. The longer you stay in a home, the more important it will be to keep up with your cleaning regimen. Even as surface cleaning will keep the multitude of grime at bay in the short term, regular deep cleanings are critical 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 operating basic appliance maintenance. Equally, take care to clear hair from drains, change light bulbs, and dust blinds and ceiling fans. Doing these tasks regularly will help completely make sure your landlord doesn’t withhold even a bit of your security deposit for cleaning after you’re gone.

Decorate with Care

Another mechanism to bring up your chances of getting your overall security deposit back is to be extremely careful when you decorate your rental home. Making several holes in the walls or making other permanent changes to the property can generate more excessive repairs after moving out, all of which you will be held responsible for. Instead of employing nails or screws to hang up your décor items, it’s better to use non-marking, removable fasteners. These hooks can hold items of differing weights and sizes and generally can be removed without damaging the wall.

Employ the use of coasters or pads underneath table legs, couches, and other chunky items to protect your floors while moving furniture in or out. Floor damage is prevalent and rather expensive to repair. But really, by planning and having the right and suitable supplies, you can keep from gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpet when moving furniture around.

Minimize Damage

If you have kids or pets living in your rental with you, it’s substantial to do whatever is possible to minimize any damage they may bring on. Both children and pets can be arduous on a home’s painted walls and other surfaces, which means taking one or a few extra precautions. You might look into pushing furniture or other items against the walls to shield them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Rugs can help protect floors and contribute a soft place for your little ones to totally enjoy. Or, it may be effective to designate certain areas of the house for pets or playtime so that any damage to walls or floors is limited to certain rooms. Definitely use quality cleaning materials, to cite an instance, magic erasers to remove scuffs and rogue scribbles.

Communication is Key

On a final important note, it’s significant to communicate regularly and bluntly with your landlord. It may seem counterintuitive to alert your landlord when maintenance issues are occurring in the home, except it’s actually very smart. When you tell your landlord about maintenance issues early on, they can resolve to work on soonest. Performing maintenance or minor repairs can help avert major repairs later. And also take note, that any damage noticed after you move out is your responsibility; but on the other hand, during your lease, the landlord commonly pays for repairs conceding that you still live in the home. By reporting maintenance issues, you can better ensure you will get your full security deposit back after moving out.


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Originally Published on April 16, 2021

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