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

Couple Deep Cleaning Windows in ApartmentLike most Prairieville renters, you probably want to get your security deposit back. If you do, you should plan for good property maintenance. Property repairs are among the top reasons landlords withhold security deposit funds in the first place. So it is practical to minimize the number of potential repairs that your landlord has to do after you move out. It helps to cultivate several good renter habits so you leave the property in a state that lets you get your security deposit refunded in full.

1. Decorate Without Holes

Plan ahead of time how you will decorate your rental home. Avoid making holes in the walls or any permanent changes to the property since you will likely be responsible for its costly repairs after you move out. Hang your decor using non-marking, removable fasteners instead of nail screws. These hooks are able to support varying weights and sizes and can be removed without damage to the wall.

Use coasters or pads under table legs, couches, and other heavy items to protect your floors while moving furniture. Floor damage repair can be very expensive. If you have the right supplies on hand, you can avoid gouging or scraping floors, or tearing carpet whenever you need to move your furniture around.

2. Regular Deep Cleaning

Another way to ensure you get your security deposit back is to clean your rental home regularly. If you will be staying long in a home, having a cleaning regimen will make things easier. 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. Also, you should clear drains of hair, 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

It is important to minimize any damage caused by kids or pets living in your rental with you. 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. You can protect walls from scrapes, scratches, and stains by arranging your furniture against them. Rugs also protect floors while providing a soft place for your little ones as well. You can also designate pets or playtime to certain areas of the house so any damage to walls or floors is contained in a certain area. Keep quality cleaning materials, such as magic erasers, within reach to remove scuffs and rogue scribbles.

4. Report Maintenance Issues

It is also good to alert your landlord when you notice maintenance issues in the home. This is actually a smart practice. First of all, when you tell your landlord about maintenance issues, they can address them right away. Regular maintenance or minor repairs helps avoid major repairs later on. Secondly, any damage noted after you move out is considered your responsibility; but things your landlord fixes while you are still a tenant are typically paid for by the landlord. When you report maintenance issues, you can better your chances of getting your entire security deposit back.

Are you planning to move? The Prairieville property managers at Real Property Management Baton Rouge can help! Contact us today or check out our listings online.

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