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Tips for Getting Your Full Security Deposit Back

A man and woman tidying a room filled with boxes, organizing, and cleaning the space together.Obtaining your security deposit might feel overwhelming, but with the right approach, it’s absolutely achievable. Regardless of moving out from an apartment or a rental home, cleanliness is key to getting your full deposit back.

Typically, landlords want a spotless rental for returning the full deposit, which can be challenging. Here, we’ll share vital cleaning tips and strategies so you can leave your rental in great shape, wow your landlord, and improve your odds of getting your deposit back effortlessly.

Tip #1: Read Your Lease

The lease agreement may not be where you’d first look for cleaning advice. Yet, as a renter, your lease paperwork (including addenda) probably has details on your landlord’s expectations. Frequently, you’ll find answers to questions about professional carpet cleaning, inspection areas, and other details.

Tip #2: Get (and Use) A Move-Out Checklist

Trustworthy landlords often provide a move-out checklist to tenants around the time they give notice of leaving. Should your landlord fail to provide one, you can still access numerous detailed cleaning checklists online. Relying on a checklist as you clean is key to making sure you don’t neglect anything inside or outside. Neglecting small cleaning tasks can add up to large deductions from your deposit, so it’s definitely worth the effort.

Tip #3: Think Like a Landlord

To reclaim your entire security deposit, adopt your landlord’s viewpoint. Keep in mind the initial condition of the property and aim to restore it to that level of cleanliness. If you need clarification, ask your landlord what they consider “clean” and what they expect. Think about how the next tenant will want a clean space, and leave it as you would want to move into it.

Tip #4: Don’t Leave Stuff Behind

It’s usual for tenants to leave unwanted personal items in a rental home. Yet, it’s not significantly harder to take your unwanted items to the curb or a thrift shop. Moreover, if you abandon your belongings, the landlord will likely bill you for their disposal. This results in a smaller return of your security deposit.

Tip #5: Go the Extra Mile

In the frenzy of moving out, the temptation to do minimal cleaning and cut corners can be strong. Even if this approach works occasionally, it generally leads to deductions from your security deposit for cleaning and repairs. If you can, dedicate a little more time to look over some details. As an example, fill nail holes with drywall putty, clean interior windows, and dust blinds and ceiling fans.

Following these move-out cleaning tips will ensure your landlord has minimal complaints and no grounds to withhold any of your security deposit for cleanliness.

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