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Do You Want Your Security Deposit Back? 4 Habits That Will Help

Couple Deep Cleaning Windows in ApartmentAs a Lawrenceville renter, it helps to plan in advance so you can get your security deposit back. It is important that you have good property maintenance. Property repairs are among the top reasons landlords withhold security deposit funds in the first place. It is to your advantage to minimize the potential repairs that have to be done when you move out. Here are several habits to cultivate as a renter to ensure that the property you leave will be in good condition, allowing you to have your security deposit refunded in full.

1. Decorate Without Holes

Decorating a rental home needs planning ahead of time. Permanent changes to the property, including holes in the walls, will mean costly repairs that you will be responsible for when you move out. Instead of nails or screws, use non-marking, removable fasteners to hang up your decor. There are available hooks that can hold varying weights and sizes and can be removed without damaging the wall.

Coasters or pads underneath table legs, couches, and other heavy items are great for protecting your floors while moving furniture around. Floor damage is very common and costs a lot to repair. By planning and having the appropriate supplies on hand, you can easily avoid gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpets when you are moving furniture around.

2. Regular Deep Cleaning

It is also important to clean your rental home regularly to ensure you get your security deposit back. It is important to have a cleaning regimen if you are going to be staying longer in a home. Regular surface cleaning can get rid of most of the grime in the short term, but regular deep cleanings are needed if you will be staying in your rental home for more than a few 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. Also, remember to clear hair from drains, change light bulbs, dust 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 live with kids or pets in your rental home, it is important to minimize any damage they could possibly cause. Having children and pets will mean you have to take extra precautions to take care of your home’s painted walls and other surfaces. It will help if you place furniture and other big items against the walls to protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Colorful rugs serve dual purposes as a soft place for your little ones and as a way to protect your floors. It is also helpful to designate certain areas exclusively for pets or playtime so that any damage to walls or floors will be contained in one or more areas. You should also have quality cleaning materials on hand, such as magic erasers, to remove scuffs and rogue scribbles.

4. Report Maintenance Issues

It may seem counterintuitive to inform your landlord when maintenance issues are developing in the home. But it is actually a good habit. If your landlord knows about these maintenance issues early on, they can address them immediately. Regular maintenance and minor repairs can prevent major -and expensive- repairs later on. It is also to your advantage since things that your landlord fixes, while you are still in the home, are typically paid for by the landlord, while those that are noticed upon your exit usually become your responsibility. Reporting maintenance issues helps ensure that you will receive your entire security deposit back.

Will you be moving in the near future? The Lawrenceville property managers at Real Property Management Executives Greater Atlanta can help! Contact us today or check out our listings online.

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