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February 09, 2019

Moving Out: Tips to Get Back Your Entire Security Deposit

Moving OutBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving out of a rental property is truly one of those situations that almost everyone seems to be acquainted with. Many of us, when moving out of a rental residence or apartment, are counting on the security deposit for helping cover the expense of the move. That's a month if not more of rent that could be utilized as a down payment on your new home, to recover your used up savings, or to purchase furniture and supplies you'll need soon after moving. In order to get that deposit returned, you will want the property owner to have absolutely no grounds to make reductions.

Presently, that's exactly precisely what we're here to discuss. If you'd like to get 100% of your security deposit back when you move in El Paso this time, here's the routine which performs for virtually every expert renter.

Clear Spaces While Packing

It is a popular misunderstanding that you may only commence repairing an apartment once all your stuff is moved out. However this is the way you find yourself running yourself up to the final moment without any time to tidy or accomplish repairs. You need to get on track at the time you start packing.

Commence with less used areas and areas such as the spare bedroom or maybe your closet. As you pack, thoroughly clear out each place, putting all of the boxes in the corner or maybe a area of the living room. The more you get packed, the more of your home should be empty and therefore simple to look over. This can be the easiest way to make sure you detect any concerns when you still have time to take care of them.

Examine Everywhere for Indications of Damage

Do not ever believe that while you have not spotted any harm to the property or dwelling that your landlord is not going to locate any. There are a variety of minimal problems that your eyes simply do not concentrate on that your property manager may well focus on like a bloodhound. Scuff marks on your wall, stains in the carpeting, nail holes, and wobbly fixtures may potentially end up being reductions on your security deposit if your landlord sees and spends money to fix them.

However, not if you find them to begin with. Get on your inspector hat and review the residence with a fine-tooth brush. Examine each and every wall for damages, every baseboard, each individual door and cabinet. It is okay to depart the residence better than it was when you moved into it to ensure there is nothing that will ding your security deposit as you move out.

Compose a list of everything you locate along with the materials you'll need to perform fixes.

Plug Nail Holes and Small Restorations

Following, carry out the maintenance tasks. Don't just notice that they need accomplishing. Nail holes tend to be a concern for some property managers and if you put anything up from pictures to drapes, you should plug the holes back in. A little bit of putty or spackle will do the trick and if the walls are white-colored, you will possibly not even require a paint touch-up.

Address other small maintenance tasks too. The good news is that you can order inexpensive repair kits for about anything over the internet. From scratches in a wood flooring to broken kitchen cabinet doors. Oh, and think about reserving a steam cleaner for the day to clean up the carpeting. If there is any areas that happen to be extremely persistent, try a baking soda solution and using a nail brush in circles across the stain or sticky area.

Move Pieces of Furniture by using Foot Pads and Blankets

While moving your pieces of furniture out, the last thing you wish to do is leave behind any excess scrapes. Moving big pieces of furniture could be tricky and there is constantly a possibility of scuffing a wall or door frame while attempting to get by. Also, if you can't fully lift the furniture, you should keep flooring protected from scuff marks and scratches.

Fortunately, this answer is straightforward: Blankets as well as foot padding. For pieces of furniture that you're planning to slide a part of the way, ensure there are felt floor protectors stuck on or, in a pinch, pieces of fabric secured with rubber bands around the feet. Regarding edges as well as door frames, all you have to do is encapsulate the sides of your home furnishings in bath towels or blankets to avoid a scrape.

Do not Leave Anything Behind in El Paso

Abandoned property is just about the most frequent factors behind security deposit disputes. Never leave a pile of stuff that did not fit into the car. In case you do, your property owner is A) obligated to verify and see if you need it and B) is saddled with the charges for cleaning it out.

Whilst they could pitch or give away the items, most likely your landlord will pay a garbage service to come get it and then invoice the cost to your security deposit. To prevent this, invest time to clean utterly all your own items out of the home ahead of leaving.

Take Pictures of Everything

Moving tip take picturesAlmost all property owners are great private property owners merely converting their investments into a friendly kind of revenue. But a few may be trying to find any way to squeeze extra cash away from renters.

On these uncommon cases, property owners have actually been recognized to claim damages which were never there or even create and take pictures of the issues themselves after a tenant leaves. All purely to take a little bit of or their whole security deposit. So, just like a renting professional, the best option is to snap photos of your own prior to when you give over the keys.

Consequently, on your last day when the residence is fully vacant, go on a total photo-snapping tour in the house. Including each side of every door and also the insides of closets plus kitchen cabinets. Make it clear that the residence was in close to perfect repair as you departed in the event that any type of shenanigans arise later on regarding 'damage' you didn't cause.

Give Over the Key Successfully

A number of property managers are extremely fussy about handing over the property keys, and some aren't. Particularly if you inadvertently take a key with you when you vacate the premises.

Property owners that are particular about keys might also be inclined to bill you for a new key or even for the price of swapping the locks. This is a pointless reason to lose some of your security deposit, therefore ensure you give the key over exactly the way the owner requires.

Supply a Forwarding Address

Finally, it is important to supply the property manager a forwarding address. This can be the formal means they will contact you to send the security deposit in addition to their listing of issues if they actually do somehow find a problem with the house or apartment you recently moved away from.

So always, always, always give your property owner a forwarding address to be able to get your deposit and handle any paperwork in the event they attempt to pull a trick to keep a part of your money.


Most property owners are extremely sensible, good individuals who would like to give your security deposit back in full. Using these techniques, you'll be able to move from your rental leaving it in excellent condition, and you will find that deposit comfortably back in your bank account right away. And additionally, if your property owner does attempt a few shenanigans, then you know that the home was in fantastic order and can dispute easily using pics to show it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we have assisted customers with absolutely all kinds of moves in El Paso, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our four decades in operation, we have figured out more than a few tactics and key approaches for minimizing the trouble of this exhausting and time-consuming moving process. To get more superb advice to move like a professional, contact us today!


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