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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 Wake Forest, 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

Plan ahead of time how you will decorate your rental home. If you don’t want to be responsible for expensive repairs after moving out, steer clear of making holes in the walls or other permanent changes to the property. Hang your decor using non-marking, removable fasteners instead of nail screws. Many hooks can support items of 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 repair can be very expensive. It is best to plan ahead and have the right supplies on hand so you can avoid gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpet when you move furniture around.

2. Regular Deep Cleaning

Regular cleaning of your rental home also helps ensure you get your security deposit back. The longer you plan on staying in the home, the more you will need to have a cleaning regimen. On top of surface cleaning to remove most of the grime, regular deep cleanings are necessary if you will be staying in your rental home for more 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. This also includes clearing hair from drains, changing light bulbs, and dusting blinds, and ceiling fans. By regularly cleaning your rental home, you can avoid funds being taken out of your deposit for easily avoidable repairs.

3. Minimize Damage

If you are living with kids or pets, you have to minimize any possibility of damages. Both children and pets can be a threat to the home’s painted walls and other surfaces, so it is best to take extra precautions. Arranging furniture against the walls can help protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Rugs not only serve as colorful soft places for your little ones but can also 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. Make sure quality cleaning materials like magic erasers are on hand to remove scuffs and rogue scribbles.

4. Report Maintenance Issues

Lastly, you may think it is counterintuitive to inform your landlord when maintenance issues start popping up in the home. But it is actually a good habit. 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. Also, any damage noted after you move out becomes your responsibility, but things your landlord fixes while you are still living in the home 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.

Are you planning on moving? The Wake Forest property managers at Real Property Management Raleigh can help! Contact us today or check out our listings online.

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