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

Couple Deep Cleaning Windows in ApartmentAs an El Segundo renter, it is always a good idea to plan ahead so you can get your security deposit back. Planning a decent property maintenance system is a good way to secure this. 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 useful habits of a good renter that you can cultivate to ensure that the property will be in good condition when you leave and that you will get your security deposit 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. Non-marking, removable fasteners are great alternatives to nails or screws for hanging up your decor items. These hooks are able to support varying weights and sizes and can be removed without damage to the wall.

You can also use coasters or pads for your table legs, couches, and other heavy items to protect your floors when moving furniture. Floor damage repair can be very expensive. When you plan and have the right supplies on hand, you can avoid gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpets when you rearrange your furniture.

2. Regular Deep Cleaning

Another way to ensure you get your security deposit back is to clean your rental home regularly. The longer you plan on staying in the home, the more you will need to have a cleaning regimen. In addition to surface cleaning for removing most of the grime, regular deep cleanings are a necessity if you plan to stay for more than a couple of months in your rental home. 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. Children and pets can often be hard on a home’s painted walls and other surfaces, so it is prudent to take extra precautions. One thing you can do is place furniture against the walls to 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 to be off-limits to pets or playtime can help ensure that any damage to walls or floors is confined to fewer areas of the house. Quality cleaning materials like magic erasers are very helpful for removing 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. Your landlord can easily address these maintenance issues early on. These maintenance works or minor repairs can save you from major repairs later on. Moreover, damages noticed after you have moved out are your responsibility, but things that your landlord fixes while you are still a tenant are typically paid for by the landlord. Reporting maintenance issues helps ensure that you will receive your entire security deposit back.

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