The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, November 26, 2018

How to Guarantee You Get Your Security Deposit Back

When it comes time to move, the stress of getting your security deposit back can seem like a daunting task. Whether it’s stains in the carpet or a few nicks on the counters, it’s hard to get everything looking as perfect as you found it. Getting your security deposit back upon move out guarantees you’ll have a few extra bucks to alleviate the extra costs that come with moving. Get your cash back with these tips to ensure your move out doesn’t leave you without extra money.

Plan Ahead

An easy way to get things in order before moving out is to plan ahead of time.  Read the lease diligently and take notes of anything relevant to move-out dates and how to get your security deposit back. Take extra precautions when you move in and make sure you follow the rules stated for hanging items, so you don’t get charged a fee for the nail holes later on. It’s important to stay organized and on top of your lease agreement. A helpful way to fuel clarity is to keep all rental-related documents in one place. You’ll be able to know exactly what is expected of you at any time.

Document Damage

A simple way to guarantee you aren’t held responsible for any damage is to take a walkthrough video when you first move in and again when you move out. That way if your landlord tries to keep your security deposit, you can have visual evidence that proves the rental condition. It’s also a good suggestion to take pictures of everything, in the beginning, to ensure you know what it should look like upon moving out. Keep a record and document every time you contact the property manager about maintenance issues. This will also help serve as proof of any damage you might be accused of upon moving out.

Clean and Repair

Cleaning might seem like the most obvious task you must accomplish to get your security deposit back. However, it’s not as easy as just simply sweeping up the dust. Clean thoroughly if you want your money back after moving out. This includes vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and wiping down all appliances and baseboards. It’s also a good idea to fix any small and necessary repairs such as replacing light bulbs, unclogging drains, or fixing chipped paint. Confirm ahead of time if your rental property requires your place to be professionally cleaned before moving out. If that’s the case, you’ll want to hold on to the cleaning receipt as proof for your landlord.

Small things can go a long way when you are preparing to move out. Make sure you get your place looking as clean as it did when you moved in by putting in extra effort to get your security deposit back. The videos you took when you first moved in will help you compare your current state to make sure it looks up-to-par. Friends and neighbors are also a helpful source if you want to do a mock inspection beforehand. Clean extra than usual and with expertly kept documentation of any damages occurred along the way, you’ll certainly get your security deposit back without trouble.


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