If you are so much like the majority of renters, you do want to get your security deposit back when you move out. But really, did you know that one of the critical ways to make sure that you do, is good property maintenance? Property repairs are among the main causes Saratoga Springs property managers withhold security deposit funds primarily. So it adds up to lessen the extent of potential repairs that will need to be undertaken after you move out. You can build up several habits as a renter to safeguard that you leave the property in good condition and, primarily, that you will get your security deposit refunded in full.
Getting your security deposit back definitely starts before you move into your new rental home! That is because the condition of the house before you move is not technically your responsibility, but despite that, if there is no record of pre-existing damage, your landlord may be able to blame you. For this reason, before you move in, you should walk slowly through every room of your new home and document every aspect of its condition. Some landlords will give you a walk-through checklist, which you should fill out and keep a copy of. Though even if they don’t, make notes with regards to any existing damage, no matter how small, and potential repair and maintenance items. Similarly, take photos of everything in your notes! If a dispute does come about, this will be very good evidence to support your case.
Regular Deep Cleaning
One of the crucial things you can do to determine whether you get your security deposit back is to clean your rental home quite regularly. The longer you stay in a home, the more important it will be to keep up with your cleaning regimen. Even if surface cleaning will keep most of the grime at bay in the short term, regular deep cleanings are very much needed 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 complying with basic appliance maintenance. Moreover, always remember to clear hair from drains, change light bulbs, and dust blinds and ceiling fans. Complying with these tasks generally will help make sure your landlord doesn’t withhold part of your security deposit for cleaning after you’re gone.
Decorate with Care
Another way to ensure your chances of getting your whole security deposit back is to be particularly careful when you decorate your rental home. Making so many holes in the walls or making other permanent changes to the property can induce more exorbitant repairs after moving out, all of which you will be held responsible for. Instead of making use of nails or screws to hang up your décor items, it’s better to apply non-marking, removable fasteners. These hooks can hold items of varied weights and sizes and oftentimes can be removed without damaging the wall.
Take into consideration using coasters or pads underneath table legs, couches, and other hefty items to protect your floors while moving furniture in or out. Floor damage is very common and financially excessive to repair. Yet, by planning and having the applicable supplies, you can steer clear of gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpet when moving furniture around.
If you have kids or pets living in your rental with you, it’s necessary to do everything possible to minimize any damage they may instigate. Both children and pets can be quite tough on a home’s painted walls and other surfaces, which denotes taking a few extra precautions. You might think about situating furniture or other items against the walls to shield them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Rugs can help protect floors and guarantee a soft place for your little ones to play on and enjoy. Or, it may be indeed practical to designate certain areas of the house for pets or playtime so that any damage to walls or floors is limited to particular rooms. Make certain to use quality cleaning materials, particularly magic erasers to eradicate scuffs and rogue scribbles.
Communication is Key
On a final note, it’s most important to communicate often and candidly with your landlord. It may seem counterintuitive to alert your landlord when maintenance issues are occurring in the home, but in fact, it’s really smart. When you tell your landlord about maintenance issues early on, they can effectively handle them the soonest. Performing maintenance or minor repairs can help effectively avoid major repairs shortly. Also, bear in mind, that any damage noticed after you move out is your responsibility; but happily, during your lease, the landlord typically pays for repairs since you still live in the home. By reporting maintenance issues, you can better secure you will get your whole security deposit back after moving out.
Originally Published on April 16, 2021
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