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Tips for Getting Your Full Security Deposit Back

A man and woman tidying a room filled with boxes, organizing, and cleaning the space together.Obtaining your security deposit might feel overwhelming, but with the right approach, it’s absolutely achievable. Whether you’re leaving an apartment or a rental house, making sure it’s clean is essential for a full deposit return.

Landlords often require a pristine property for a full deposit refund, which can be difficult. This article will provide essential cleaning tips and strategies to leave your rental in excellent condition, impress your landlord, and boost your chances of getting your deposit back without hassle.

Tip #1: Read Your Lease

You probably don’t think of your lease as the go-to for cleaning advice. Though, as a renter, the lease documents and addenda likely detail your landlord’s expectations. You can often find answers to questions such as if carpets need professional cleaning, which areas will be inspected, and more.

Tip #2: Get (and Use) A Move-Out Checklist

Reliable landlords usually provide tenants with a move-out checklist when they give notice of moving out. If your landlord didn’t send one, many thorough cleaning checklists are available online. Relying on a checklist as you clean is key to making sure you don’t neglect anything inside or outside. Minor cleaning tasks left undone might result in major deductions from your security deposit, so the effort is justified.

Tip #3: Think Like a Landlord

To get your full security deposit back, imagine being in your landlord’s position. Reflect on the property’s original cleanliness and ensure it looks the same when you move out. Should you have any doubts, inquire with your landlord about what they mean by “clean” and what they expect. Also, consider that the next tenant will appreciate a clean house, so leave it as you would like to find it.

Tip #4: Don’t Leave Stuff Behind

Many tenants tend to abandon items they no longer need or want in a rental house. But it’s hardly any extra effort to bring your unwanted belongings to the curb or a thrift shop. Additionally, if you leave your items behind, the landlord may charge you for cleanup and removal. Consequently, your security deposit refund will be reduced.

Tip #5: Go the Extra Mile

Amid the hustle of moving out, it can be tempting to skimp on cleaning and cut corners. Although this might be acceptable in some cases, it often results in deductions from your security deposit for cleaning and repairs. If possible, allocate a bit more time to check over some details. Patch nail holes with drywall putty, and ensure you’ve cleaned interior windows and dusted blinds and ceiling fans.

Stick to these move-out cleaning tips, and your landlord will have little to complain about and no excuse to withhold any of your security deposit for cleanliness.

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Originally Published on August 28, 2020

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