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

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If you are like almost any renter, you strongly want to get your security deposit back when you move out. Though, are you aware that one of the important tactics to always make certain you do, is good property maintenance? Property repairs are among the primary reasons Moorhead property managers withhold security deposit funds. So it stands to reason to slash down the number of potential repairs that will need to be implemented after you move out. You can try developing helpful habits as a renter to always make sure that you leave the property in fair condition and, more importantly, that you will get your security deposit refunded in full.

Document Everything

Getting your security deposit back undoubtedly starts before you move into your new rental home! The thing is that the condition of the house before you move is not technically your responsibility, then again, if there is no record of pre-existing damage, your landlord may be able to place the blame on you. In light of this, before you move in, you should walk slowly through every room of your new home and document every aspect of its condition. Numerous landlords will offer a walk-through checklist, which you should fill out and keep a copy of. Anyhow even if they don’t, make notes about any existing damage, it doesn’t matter how small, and potential repair and maintenance items. Supplementarily, take photos of everything in your notes! If a dispute does occur, this will be good enough evidence to support your case.

Regular Deep Cleaning

One of the basic things you can do to always make certain you get your security deposit back is to clean your rental home regularly. The longer you stay in a home, the more important it will be to keep up with your cleaning regimen. Though surface cleaning will keep quite a lot of the grime at bay in the short term, regular deep cleanings are compulsory if you plan to stay in your rental home long-term. Deep cleaning should envelop scrubbing grout, wiping down kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans, cleaning appliances (fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher), and executing basic appliance maintenance. Over and above that, make sure to clear hair from drains, change light bulbs, and dust blinds and ceiling fans. Completing these tasks will help guarantee that your landlord doesn’t withhold any amount of your security deposit for cleaning after you’re gone.

Decorate with Care

Another tactic to up your chances of getting your whole security deposit back is to be especially careful when you decorate your rental home. Making countless holes in the walls or making other permanent changes to the property can develop into pretty expensive repairs after moving out, all of which you will be held responsible for. Instead of using nails or screws to hang up your décor items, it’s better to just make use of non-marking, removable fasteners. These hooks can hold items of different weights and sizes and normally can be removed without damaging the wall.

Try applying coasters or pads underneath table legs, couches, and other heavy items to protect your floors while moving furniture in or out. Floor damage is very common and pricey to repair. Though by planning and having accurate supplies, you can avoid 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 principal to do whatever possible thing you can to minimize any damage they may certainly cause. Both children and pets can be tough on a home’s painted walls and other surfaces, which insinuates taking several extra precautions. You might look at setting up furniture or other items against the walls to protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Rugs can help protect floors and present a soft place for your little ones to play on and delight in. Or, it may be applicable to designate certain areas of the house for pets or playtime so that any damage to walls or floors is limited to only a few rooms. Take advantage of quality cleaning materials, for example, magic erasers to get rid of scuffs and rogue scribbles.

Communication is Key

Last but not least, it’s integral to communicate routinely and openly with your landlord. It may seem counterintuitive to alert your landlord when maintenance issues are happening in the home, but actually, it’s pretty smart. When you tell your landlord about maintenance issues early on, they can work on them rapidly. Performing maintenance or minor repairs can help prevent major repairs in the future. Also, keep in mind, that any damage noticed after you move out is your responsibility; but on the other hand, during your lease, the landlord conventionally pays for repairs while you still live in the home. By reporting maintenance issues, you can better warrant that 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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