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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 is one of those situations that just about everybody is familiar with. Most of us, whenever moving out of a rental house or apartment, are depending on the security deposit for helping cover the expense of the move. That's a month or even more of rent that could be used as a down payment on your new residence, to boost your depleted savings account, or to have the funds for pieces of furniture and supplies you'll need soon after moving. In order to obtain that deposit returned, you will want the landlord to have no reasons to be able to make deductions.

Today, that's exactly precisely what we are here to discuss. If you want to ensure you get 100% of your security deposit back when you move in Austin this time around, the following is the regimen which works for virtually every skilled tenant.

Clear Rooms Whilst Packing

It can be a widespread misunderstanding that one can only start repairing an apartment after all your items is moved out. But this is how you wind up driving yourself to the last day with no time to tidy or accomplish fixes. You should get rolling when you commence packing.

Start with low-priority spaces and places such as the extra bedroom or maybe your closet. As you pack, completely clear each space, stacking all of the boxes in one corner or maybe a section of the family room. The more you get packed, the more of your house should be empty and so simple to examine. This is the best way to ensure you notice all problems while you still have time to resolve them.

Examine Everywhere for Indications of Damage

Never think that because you have not spotted any harm to the property or apartment that your property manager won't discover any. There are many of minimal things that your eyes just never concentrate on which your property owner may zero in on like a bloodhound. Marks on the wall, discolorations in the flooring, nail holes, as well as loose fixtures may likely end up being reductions to your security deposit if your property owner finds and hires someone to repair them.

But not if you take care of them first. Get on your home inspector cap and go over the house using a fine-tooth brush. Inspect every wall for damage, every single baseboard, every single door as well as cabinet. It is fine to exit the house better than you found it to make sure there's nothing that will ding your security deposit when you move out.

Make a list of the things you notice and the supplies you will need to accomplish fixes.

Plug Nail Holes and Small Restorations

Following, complete the maintenance tasks. Don't just notice that they require doing. Nail holes tend to be a concern for a few property owners and if you hung anything up from paintings to curtains, you need to plug the holes back in. A bit of putty or spackle can do the task and if your walls are white-colored, you might not even have to have a paint touch-up.

Look after various other trivial maintenance tasks as well. The good news is that one can purchase low-cost repair kits for nearly anything on the internet. From scrapes in a wood floor to squeaky cabinet doors. Oh, and think about reserving a steam vapor cleaner for the day to clean up the floor coverings. Should there be any places that are especially uncooperative, consider using a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles on the stain or sticky space.

Move Furniture with Foot Pads and Blankets

While moving your pieces of furniture out, the last thing you wish to do is leave behind any additional scuffs. Moving big pieces of furniture could be challenging and there is constantly a chance of scraping a wall or doorway while trying to get through. Also, should you not totally pick up the furniture, you should keep floors protected from marks and scratches.

Thankfully, this answer is relatively easy: Blankets and foot pads. Pertaining to furniture that you intend to slide part of the way, make sure it has felt floor protectors stuck on or, in a crunch, pieces of fabric secured with rubber bands around the feet. As for corners and also door frames, all you should do is cover the edges of the household furniture in bathroom towels or maybe blankets to circumvent a scrape.

Never Leave Anything Behind in Austin

Forgotten things are one of the most prevalent causes of security deposit conflicts. Do not leave a stack of stuff that did not squeeze into your car. In case you do, your landlord is A) required to check and see if you need it and B) is stuck with the bill for cleaning it out.

Whilst they could toss or give away the stuff, it's likely that your property owner will pay a garbage service to come get it and after that charge the fee to your security deposit. To avoid this, make time to clean utterly all of your own things out of the home in advance of leaving.

Snap Pictures of Everything

Moving tip take picturesMost property owners are excellent private property owners just transforming their investments into a nice kind of profit. However a few may be trying to find any way to force additional money from tenants.

In such uncommon cases, landlords are known to claim damages that were never there or perhaps create and photograph the damage themselves after a renter leaves. All purely to take some or all of their security deposit. So, just like a renting expert, the best option is to snap photos of your own right before you give over the keys.

Therefore, on your very last day when the house is fully empty, go on a comprehensive photo-snapping expedition of the property. Which includes each side of every door as well as the interiors of closets plus cabinets. Be positive that the residence was in near-perfect order at the time you departed in case that any arise later on regarding 'damage' you didn't cause.

Surrender the Key Appropriately

A number of property managers are particularly picky pertaining to handing over the keys, and some won't be. Especially if you inadvertently take a key away with you when you leave.

Property owners that happen to be particular regarding keys may also be likely to bill you for a new key or even for the cost of swapping the locks. This would be a silly reason to lose a portion of your security deposit, therefore don't forget to give the key over exactly the way the landlord desires.

Provide a Forwarding Address

Lastly, it is important to supply your property owner a forwarding address. This is the standard way they'll contact you to communicate the security deposit and their report on infractions if and when they do somehow find a problem with the property or apartment you just moved out of.

Therefore always, always, always provide your property owner a forwarding address to be able to get your deposit and handle any documents in case they attempt to pull a stunt to keep some of your money.


Most landlords usually are entirely practical, fine people who wish to give your security deposit back in full. Using these techniques, you will be able to move out of your rental leaving it in exceptional condition, and you'll find that deposit comfortably back in your account right away. And additionally, if your property owner does try some shenanigans, then you already know that the residence was in great shape and can contest effectively by using pics to prove it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we have served customers with absolutely all types of moves in Austin, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our four decades in operation, we have perfected numerous strategies and key approaches for reducing the trouble of this strenuous and time-consuming moving process. For more superb advice to move like a professional, contact us now!


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