Renting a home gives you all the advantages of relying on a property management company while enjoying the extra space a single family home offers. With a rental, you are not responsible for major repairs if the HVAC breaks down or mowing the grass to keep the yard looking great. But you probably paid a deposit when you initially moved in, which ensures you will leave the property in good shape.
When you're ready to move out, you need to make sure the home is in the same condition as when you moved in, or you risk losing part or all of the deposit money. Take a look at these four ways to help you recoup your rental deposit.
1. Familiarize Yourself With the Lease Agreement
Before you can ensure the home is left in the same condition or better than when you moved in, first familiarize yourself with the conditions of the lease, especially if it has been several years since you originally read and signed it. This way, you can make sure you don't miss any important details that may affect your move. For example, some leasing companies require you to submit proof you had the carpets or windows professionally cleaned.
Other things to watch for in the lease include information about your how many days' notice you must give before vacating. Often, a lease details how the inspection process works and what you need to do to prepare for it. Finally, the lease should tell you procedures for relinquishing keys and any garage door openers. You are in a better position to get your deposit back when you understand the details of the lease.
2. Don't Leave Junk Behind
Moving day can be exhausting and frustrating. Sometimes tenants are overwhelmed with the amount of boxes, furniture, and other possessions they own and decide to leave things behind rather than take them.
Landlords and property management companies do not want to deal with your old junk. To get rid of the things you left behind, they simple hire a junk removal company to clear it out and then subtract the bill from your deposit. When this happens, you only receive a portion of your deposit money back.
Instead, make sure you take everything with you when you move. If you cannot do it yourself, hire someone to carry the junk away for you.
3. Deep Clean the Entire Home
In order to get your deposit back, you must leave the property clean after you move out. However, everyone's definition of clean is different. Rather than risk the chance of losing your deposit because you forgot to dust the lightbulbs, err on the side of caution and make sure the entire home is deep cleaned.
If you're not up to this task, a cleaning company is more efficient and skilled at removing stubborn soap scum stains and making sure the kitchen drawers are free of crumbs. It can be a hassle to deal with cleaning the property in addition to orchestrating your move, so you should make it easier and hire someone to do it for you.
4. Leave the Walls Clean
The walls of a home can take a beating after years of occupation. Then add moving day when boxes and furniture bump or scuff walls and the results can look bad. Scratches, dents, nail holes, and even dirty fingerprints are damage that can cost you your deposit money after you move out.
You might need to patch some holes or invest in a little touch-up painting. A cleaning crew will also be able to take care of dirty walls, smudged corners, and dusty trim around windows and doors.
Make sure you do all you can to leave the property in the same condition as when you moved in. When you fulfill all the conditions of the original lease, you will be able to get your entire deposit back. For help restoring your rental home back to its original condition, Sanitorial Janitorial Service is willing to take some of that moving stress away.