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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 Windermere, it is good to want to get your security deposit back. One thing that will be a big help is to plan for good property maintenance. Property repairs are among the top reasons landlords withhold security deposit funds in the first place. So it makes a lot of sense to minimize potential repairs that will have to be done after you have moved out. You can cultivate several habits as a renter that can help ensure that the property will be in good condition when you leave, therefore ensuring that your security deposit will be refunded in full.

1. Decorate Without Holes

One of the things you should plan ahead of time is how to 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. Instead of hanging your decor using nails or screws, it would be better to use non-marking, removable fasteners instead. 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 is very common and is usually costly to repair. 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. A cleaning regimen is vital if you will be staying long in a home. Surface cleaning will get most of the grime out in the short term but you will need regular deep cleanings if you plan to stay in the rental home for longer 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. On top of this, you also have 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 kids or pets will be staying with you in your rental, you should also take steps to minimize any possible damage they may cause. You should take extra precautions with children and pets around a home’s painted walls and other surfaces. Placing furniture against the walls helps protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Using rugs around the house protects floors and provides a soft place that your little ones can enjoy. You can also designate certain areas of the house for pets or playtime to limit possible damage to walls or floors to a smaller area. Look for quality cleaning materials like magic erasers to get rid of scuffs and rogue scribbles.

4. Report Maintenance Issues

Finally, you might think it unusual advice to alert your landlord when maintenance issues start appearing in the home. This is a smart practice. As soon as your landlord becomes aware of maintenance issues, they can address them immediately. These minor repairs and maintenance works help avoid major repairs in the future. Moreover, any damage noticed after you have left the house is your responsibility; things that your landlord fixes while you are still living in the home are typically paid for by the landlord himself. If you regularly report maintenance issues, you increase the probability of getting your entire security deposit back after you move out.

Do you have plans of moving? The Windermere property managers at Real Property Management South Orlando can help! Contact us today or check out our listings online.

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