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 almost everyone is acquainted with. Many of us, whenever moving out of a rental property or apartment, are depending on the security deposit to help cover the costs of the move. That is a month or maybe more worth of rent that could be utilized as a down payment for the new residence, to recover your used up bank account, or to pay for home furniture along with supplies you will need subsequent to moving. In order to get that deposit back, you will need your property owner to have no reasons in order to take deductions.

Today, that is precisely what we are here to share. In order to ensure you get 100% of your security deposit back when you move in Austin this occassion, here is the plan that is effective for virtually every knowledgeable tenant.

Clear Spaces Whilst Packing

It's a popular myth that you can only commence fixing up a house when all the items is moved out. But this is how you wind up running yourself up to the last day without any time to tidy or carry out fixes. You should get rolling at the time you start packing.

Commence with less used spaces and places like the extra bedroom or maybe your closet. As you pack, entirely clear out each area, putting all your boxes in one corner or maybe a area of the living room. The more you get packed, the more of your house will be clear and therefore very easy to look over. This is actually the easiest way to ensure you take note of all concerns when you still have time to resolve them.

Inspect Everywhere for Indicators of Damage

Don't assume that since you haven't observed any harm to the residence or apartment that your property manager will not uncover any. There are a variety of small problems that your eyes just don't give attention to that your property manager might focus on like a bloodhound. Scrapes on your wall, stains on the flooring, nail holes, and also wobbly fixtures all can potentially become deductions to your security deposit in case your property owner locates and pays to repair them.

But not if you take care of them first. Get on your home inspector cap and check out the house with a fine-tooth comb. Check each and every wall for damages, each baseboard, every single door and cabinet. It will be fine to depart the property better than it was when you moved into it to ensure there's nothing that will reduce your security deposit when you move out.

Take an inventory of the things you find along with the supplies you'll need to accomplish fixes.

Fill Nail Holes and Trivial Repairs

Following, do the fixes. Don't just notice that they need carrying out. Nail holes tend to be an issue for some landlords and if you put anything up from paintings to blinds, you'll want to plug the holes back in. A bit of putty or spackle is going to do the trick and if your walls are white, you may not even require a paint touch-up.

Deal with other small fixes too. The good thing is that you can order inexpensive repair kits for nearly anything on the internet. From scrapes in the wood floors to broken kitchen cabinet doors. Oh, and think about renting a steam vapor cleaner for a day to freshen up the flooring. If there's any areas which are particularly obstinate, consider using a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles across the stain or sticky area.

Move Pieces of Furniture using Foot Pads and Blankets

Whenever moving your pieces of furniture out, the very last thing you want to do is leave behind any excess scuffs. Moving large pieces of furniture can be challenging and there is constantly a chance of scuffing a wall or doorway when trying to get through. And, should you not totally lift up the pieces of furniture, you should keep floor surfaces safe from scrapes and scratches.

Luckily, this solution is uncomplicated: Blankets and foot padding. For household furniture that you plan to push part of the way, be sure it has felt floor protectors attached on or, in a crunch, wash cloths anchored using rubber bands around the feet. With regards to corners and also doors, all you should do is encapsulate the edges of the furniture pieces in towels or even blankets to prevent a scrape.

Do not Leave Anything Behind in Austin

Deserted property is one of the most common factors behind security deposit conflicts. Do not leave a stack of items which failed to fit into your vehicle. In case you do, the landlord is A) required to verify and see if you need it and B) is saddled with the costs for cleaning it out.

Whilst they could possibly pitch or give away the things, it's likely that your property manager will pay a trash company to come collect it and then bill the cost to your security deposit. To prevent this, spend some time to clear utterly all of your personal things out of the house prior to departure.

Take Pictures of Everything

Moving tip take picturesAlmost all property owners are great private property owners merely transforming their investments into a nice sort of profit. But a few may be attempting to find any way to force additional money out of tenants.

In these uncommon instances, landlords are known to allege problems which were not present as well as cause and photograph the damage themselves after a tenant departs. All merely to take a little bit of or their entire security deposit. So, just like a renting master, the best choice is to take pictures of your own right before you give over the keys.

Consequently, on your final day after the property is totally empty, go on a complete photo-snapping expedition of the property. Which includes each side of every door along with the insides of closets and cabinets. Make it clear that the house was in close to perfect condition when you left just in case any kind of shenanigans arise in the future concerning 'damage' you didn't create.

Give Over the Key Appropriately

A number of property managers are incredibly fussy concerning handing over the property keys, and some are not. Specifically if you inadvertently take a key away with you when you move out.

Property owners that are picky regarding keys might also be inclined to charge you for a new key or even for the cost of replacing the locks. This is an unnecessary reason to forfeit some of your security deposit, therefore ensure that you hand the key over exactly the way the owner desires.

Supply a Forwarding Address

Lastly, ensure that you supply your landlord a forwarding address. This can be the formal method they'll contact you to mail the security deposit along with their report on infractions assuming they actually do somehow uncover something wrong with the residence or apartment you recently moved out of.

Therefore always, always, always give your property owner a forwarding address to be able to ensure you get your deposit and take care of all paperwork just in case they try to pull a stunt to keep some of your cash.


Most landlords usually are entirely reasonable, nice people who want to give your security deposit back in full. Using these techniques, you will be able to move from your rental leaving it in excellent condition, and you'll notice that deposit comfortably back in your account in no time. Not to mention, if your property manager does attempt a few shenanigans, then you already know that the dwelling was in superb shape and can dispute effectively utilizing photos to demonstrate it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we've served clients with utterly all kinds of moves in Austin, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our over 40 years in business, we have learned quite a lot of strategies and key tricks for reducing the hassle of this exhausting and time-consuming moving process. For more sound advice to move like a professional, contact us now!


Request a free quote