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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 ordeals that nearly everyone is no stranger to. Many of us, whenever moving out of a rental residence or apartment, are banking on the security deposit to help handle the costs of the move. That's a month or even more worth of rent that may be utilized as a down payment for the new home, to replenish your depleted savings account, or to purchase furniture as well as items you will need soon after moving. So to get that deposit back, you need the landlord to have absolutely no grounds in order to make deductions.

Today, that is exactly what we're here to discuss. If you'd like to ensure you get 100% of the security deposit back when you move in Little Rock this time, the following is the regimen that is effective for every single knowledgeable tenant.

Clear Spaces While Packing

It can be a prevalent myth that one can only begin fixing up a residence after all your belongings is moved out. Yet this is the way you end up running yourself to the deadline with no time to thoroughly clean or carry out fixes. You can get rolling once you commence packing.

Start with less used rooms and areas like the spare bedroom or your closet. When you pack, completely clear each place, putting all cartons in one corner or perhaps a area of the living room. The more you box up, the more of your home is generally empty and so simple to examine. This can be the best way to make sure you detect any issues while you still have time to correct them.

Investigate Everywhere for Indications of Damage

Don't assume that because you haven't noticed any damage to the house or dwelling that your property owner will not find any. There are a variety of trivial things that your eyes merely never focus on that your property manager could possibly zero in on like a bloodhound. Scuff marks on the wall, spots on the flooring, nail holes, along with loose fixtures all can likely be deductions to your security deposit if your landlord sees and spends money to repair them.

However, not if you find them first. Put on your inspector hat and review the house using a fine-tooth comb. Look at every wall for damages, every baseboard, every single door as well as cabinet. It's okay to leave the property better than you found it to ensure there is nothing that can reduce your security deposit after you move out.

Compose a list of everything you notice and also the materials you will need to complete fixes.

Plug Nail Holes and Small Restorations

Next, accomplish the maintenance tasks. Don't merely observe that they need executing. Nail holes will be an issue for many property owners and in case you put anything up from pictures to window treatments, you'll want to fill them back in. A little putty or spackle will do the trick and if your walls are white, you might not even need a paint touch-up.

Look after additional minor repairs also. The good thing is that you may purchase low-cost repair kits for about anything on the internet. From scuff marks in the wood floors to broken cabinet drawers. Oh, and consider reserving a steam vapor cleaner for the day to clean up the floor coverings. If there's any spots that are extremely hard to clean, try out a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles on the spot or sticky place.

Move Furnishings using Foot Pads and Blankets

Whenever moving your pieces of furniture out, the very last thing you want to do is leave behind any further scuffs. Moving sizeable pieces of furniture can be tough and there's consistently a chance of dinging a wall or doorway when trying to get by. And, should you not totally lift the items of furniture, you want to keep flooring protected from marks and scratches.

Luckily, this answer is simple: Blankets and also foot padding. Pertaining to pieces of furniture that you're planning to push part of the way, make sure there are felt foot pads attached on or, in a crunch, wash cloths attached with rubber bands around the feet. Regarding edges along with doors, all you need to do is wrap the perimeters of your pieces of furniture in bath towels or even blankets to circumvent a scrape.

Never Leave Things Behind in Little Rock

Deserted property is one of the general causes of security deposit conflicts. Never leave a heap of junk that did not squeeze into the car. In the event that you do, the landlord is A) obligated to verify and see if you need it and B) is stuck with the costs for cleaning it out.

Whilst they could very well pitch or donate the things, most likely the property owner is going to pay a trash company to come collect it then invoice the fee to your security deposit. To prevent this, make time to clean utterly every one of your own things out of the home ahead of departure.

Get Photos of Everything

Moving tip take picturesMost landlords are good private property owners merely converting their investments into a nice kind of income. But a few might be attempting to find any way to wring additional cash out of renters.

In these rare circumstances, landlords are known to claim damages which were not present or even create and photograph the damage themselves after a tenant departs. All purely to take a little or all of their security deposit. So, such as a renting master, the best option is to take pictures of your own prior to when you give over the keys.

So, on your last day once the house is wholly empty, take a total photo-snapping excursion of the property. Including each side of every door and the interiors of closets plus kitchen cabinets. Be positive that the house was in exceptional repair at the time you left just in case any type of come up in the future regarding 'damage' you didn't create.

Surrender the Key Correctly

Certain property owners are very picky about handing back the property keys, and some won't be. Particularly if you inadvertently take a key with you when you go.

Property managers that are picky regarding keys could also be prepared to charge you for a new key or even for the price of changing the locks. This would be a pointless reason to forfeit some of your security deposit, consequently ensure you hand the key over precisely the way the landlord wants.

Provide a Forwarding Address

Finally, ensure that you provide your property owner a forwarding address. This can be the official way they'll get hold of you to communicate the security deposit along with their listing of infractions if and when they actually do somehow locate something wrong with the residence or apartment you recently moved away from.

So always, always, always give your landlord a forwarding address so that you can get the deposit and handle all documents in case they try to pull a trick to keep a portion of your money.


Almost all property managers are entirely practical, good folks that would like to give your security deposit back in full. With these approaches, you will be able to move from your rental leaving it in exceptional condition, and you should see that deposit perfectly back in your account in no time. And, if your landlord does try some shenanigans, then you already know that the home was in superb shape and can dispute effectively utilizing pics to demonstrate it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we've helped customers with absolutely all kinds of moves in Little Rock, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our 4 decades in business, we've learned quite a lot of techniques and key tricks for decreasing the hassle of this exhausting and time-consuming moving process. To get more great tips to move like a pro, contact us right away!


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