Moving Out: Tips to Get Back Your Entire Security Deposit

Moving OutBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving out of a rental is truly one of those situations that just about everyone seems to be familiar with. Most of us, when moving out of a rental residence or apartment, are counting on the security deposit to help handle the expense of the move. That's a month or more worth of rent that may be utilized as a down payment for the new place, to replenish your used up savings, or to pay for home furniture as well as items you may need subsequent to moving. In order to obtain that deposit back, you will need your landlord to have zero justifications to be able to take reductions.

Presently, that is precisely what we're here to talk about. In order to make sure you get 100% of your security deposit back when you move in El Paso this occassion, here is the plan that works for virtually every experienced renter.

Clear Rooms While Packing

It can be a popular misconception that you may only commence fixing up a house after all the items is moved out. However this is how you end up running yourself up to the deadline without time to thoroughly clean or accomplish repairs. You should get started when you commence packing.

Start with low-priority rooms and spots like the spare bedroom or perhaps your closet. When you pack, completely clear every space, putting all your boxes in the corner or maybe a portion of the living room. The more you pack, the more of your residence is generally empty and thus effortless to examine. This can be the most effective way to make sure you detect all problems while you still have time to take care of them.

Check Everywhere for Indicators of Damage

Never think that since you have not observed any damage to the property or dwelling that the property owner will not discover any. There are many of minor things that your eyes just never give attention to which your property owner may well zero in on like a bloodhound. Scuff marks on the wall, discolorations in the flooring, nail holes, as well as wobbly fixtures can all likely become reductions to your security deposit should your landlord sees and spends money to repair them.

However, not if you take care of them to begin with. Get on your inspector cap and go over the house with a fine-tooth comb. Look at each and every wall for damage, every single baseboard, each individual door as well as cabinet. It is alright to depart the residence better than when you moved in to ensure there is nothing which will hurt your security deposit once you move out.

Create a list of the stuff you discover as well as the materials you will need to accomplish repairs.

Plug Nail Holes and Trivial Fixes

Now, accomplish the maintenance tasks. Don't just recognize that they require carrying out. Nail holes tend to be an issue for a few property owners and if you hung anything up from art to curtains, you should fill them back in. Some putty or spackle can do the task and if your walls are white-colored, you may not even need a paint touch-up.

Handle other small fixes as well. The good news is that you may order inexpensive repair kits for about anything on the internet. From scratches in the wood floor to broken cabinet doors. Oh, and consider getting a steam vapor cleaner for a day to freshen up the carpeting. If there is any areas which are especially obstinate, try a baking soda solution and using a nail brush in circles on the blemish or sticky area.

Move Household Furniture by using Foot Pads and Blankets

While moving your household furniture out, the very last thing you want to do is leave behind any extra scuffs. Moving big home furnishings can be challenging and there is always a possibility of scuffing a wall or doorway while trying to get by. Plus, if you can't totally lift up the items of furniture, you must keep floor surfaces protected from scrapes and scratches.

Luckily, this answer is rather simple: Blankets and foot padding. Regarding pieces of furniture that you intend to push a part of the way, make sure there are felt floor protectors stuck on or, in a pinch, washrags attached with rubber bands around the feet. Regarding edges as well as doors, all you have to do is cover the perimeters of your furniture in towels or even blankets to circumvent a scrape.

Do not Leave Things Behind in El Paso

Abandoned belongings are one of the more frequent causes of security deposit controversies. Never leave a heap of items which didn't fit into your car. In the event that you do, the property owner is A) required to verify and see if you need it and B) is stuck with the bill for cleaning it out.

Although they could possibly pitch or donate the items, most likely the landlord will pay for a junk company to come collect it and after that charge the fee to your security deposit. To prevent this, invest time to clean absolutely all of your own things out of the house prior to leaving.

Get Pictures of Everything

Moving tip take picturesAlmost all landlords are great private property owners just turning their properties into a advantageous kind of profit. However a few may be attempting to find any way to squeeze additional money from tenants.

In these uncommon cases, property owners have been recognized to state problems which weren't present and even cause and photograph the issues themselves after a tenant moves out. All just to take some or their whole security deposit. Hence, such as a renting pro, your best bet is to snap photos of your own prior to when you hand over the keys.

Consequently, on your last day after the property is completely vacant, go on a comprehensive photo-snapping tour in the house. Incorporating both sides of every single door and the interiors of closets and cabinets. Make it clear that the house was in close to perfect order as you departed just in case any type of questions arise later concerning 'damage' you didn't create.

Surrender the Key Correctly

Certain property owners are particularly fussy pertaining to giving back the keys, and many won't be. Particularly if you unintentionally take a key away with you when you leave.

Property managers that are picky regarding keys might also be prone to charge you for a new key or for the price of changing the locks. This would be an unnecessary purpose to waste some of your security deposit, therefore ensure that you give the key over exactly the way the owner desires.

Give a Forwarding Address

Lastly, make sure that you supply your landlord a forwarding address. This is the official method they will get in touch with you to mail the security deposit along with their report on infractions if and when they actually do somehow find a problem with the property or apartment you just moved away from.

So always, always, always give your landlord a forwarding address so that you can get the deposit and take care of all documentation just in case they try to pull a trick to keep some of your money.


The majority of landlords usually are extremely sensible, good folks that wish to give your security deposit back in full. With these tactics, it is possible to move out of your rental leaving it in exceptional condition, and you will find that deposit comfortably back in your bank account before you know it. Not to mention, if the landlord does try some shenanigans, then you already know that the property was in great condition and can dispute easily with photographs to prove it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we have assisted clients with absolutely all kinds of moves in El Paso, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our over 40 years in business, we've perfected numerous tactics and secret tricks for minimizing the hassle of this tiring and time-consuming moving process. For more great tips to move like a pro, contact us now!


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