Getting your security deposit back from a rental takes planning well in advance – from the second you move into a new place to the second you move out. The good news is there are ways you can take action in hopes of getting your deposit back in full. Adhere to the following three tips to keep track of and maintain the condition of your apartment this year.
Before and after you move in, make sure you take pictures of the apartment’s condition. If you detect any signs of damage before move-in-day, make sure to get images of the issue and document the date you find the damage. This will protect you from being held accountable for the problem later. If you find any large damages, reach out to your landlord and notify them before you move in.
Prevent Damage with an Area Rug
Taking preventative measures is the best way of preventing damage to hardwood floors and carpeting. Common damages, such as stains on rugs and large scratches on hardwood floors, are relatively common, but they can destroy your chances of getting your full security deposit back. Covering areas where people frequently walk with a decorative area rug can protect hardwood floors and carpeted spaces from potential damage, leaving the underlying area clean, fresh, and spotless for move-out day.
Conduct Repairs and Clean Before Leaving
If damage has been done to your unit during your lease, take the proper action in order to repair it before you move out. Patch up holes in the walls, and correct unhinged cabinets. If your unit has a dishwasher, give it a comprehensive clean along with the oven and refrigerator. Don’t forget to give the bathrooms a thorough wash in order to remove signs of grime. After you move all of your belongings out of the apartment, be sure to vacuum, sweep, and mop the floors accordingly. Finally, take pictures of all areas in the apartment to document its condition at the end of your lease