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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 just one of those things that just about everyone seems to be familiar with. Most of us, if moving out of a rental home or apartment, are depending on the security deposit for helping handle the price of the move. That is a month or maybe more of rent that may be used as a down payment for your new residence, to boost your used up bank account, or to purchase home furniture and also supplies you may need soon after moving. In order to obtain that deposit returned, you will want the property owner to have zero justifications to make deductions.

Currently, that's exactly exactly what we're here to talk about. If you'd like to get 100% of the security deposit back when you move in Little Rock this time around, here is the routine that performs for every experienced tenant.

Clear Areas Whilst Packing

It's a widespread misunderstanding that you can only begin fixing up a house when all your belongings is moved out. Yet this is the way you end up working yourself up to the final moment without time to tidy or carry out fixes. You can get on track when you get started packing.

Start out with less used spaces and areas 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 section of the living room. The more you box up, the more of your house is generally clear and thus easy to inspect. This is actually the most effective way to make sure you notice any problems whilst you still have time to fix them.

Inspect Everywhere for Indications of Damage

Don't assume that since you have not observed any damage to the residence or dwelling that the landlord will not locate any. There are many of modest problems that your eyes simply never give attention to which your property owner may well focus on like a bloodhound. Scratches on your wall, discolorations in the carpeting, nail holes, along with loose fixtures can all possibly be reductions on your security deposit if your landlord finds and pays to take care of them.

However, not if you locate them to begin with. Put on your inspector hat and review the property using a fine-tooth brush. Check each wall for damages, every single baseboard, each individual door and also cabinet. It will be alright to depart the residence better than it was when you moved into it to make sure there is nothing that can ding your security deposit as you move out.

Take an inventory of everything you notice and also the materials you need to do fixes.

Plug Nail Holes and Small Repairs

Now, accomplish the repairs. Don't merely recognize that they require carrying out. Nail holes are an issue for some landlords and if you put anything up from pictures to window treatments, you should plug them back in. Some putty or spackle is going to do the job and if the walls are white-colored, you will possibly not even require a paint touch-up.

Look after various other trivial fixes too. The good thing is that one can purchase low-cost repair kits for about anything over the internet. From scratches in a wood floor to squeaky cupboard doors. Oh, and think about renting a steam cleaner for a day to spruce up the carpeting. Should there be any places that happen to be exceptionally persistent, try a baking soda solution and using a nail brush in circles over the blemish or sticky place.

Move Furniture using Foot Pads and Blankets

When moving your furniture out, the very last thing you wish to do is leave behind any excess scuffs. Moving sizeable pieces of furniture could be tough and there's always a possibility of scuffing a wall or doorway whilst trying to get by. And, should you not completely pick up the pieces of furniture, you need to keep flooring safe from scuff marks and scratches.

Fortunately, this solution is straightforward: Blankets as well as foot pads. Regarding furniture that you're planning to slide part of the way, be sure it has felt foot pads attached on or, in a pinch, wash cloths anchored with rubber bands around the feet. With regards to edges and door frames, all you should do is encapsulate the edges of your furniture in towels or maybe blankets to circumvent a scrape.

Don't Leave Anything Behind in Little Rock

Forgotten items are one of the more frequent factors behind security deposit conflicts. Don't leave a heap of junk which did not fit into your car. If you do, your landlord is A) required to verify and see if you want it and B) is saddled with the charges for clearing it out.

While they could very well toss or donate the items, it's likely that your property owner will pay for a trash service to come recover it then invoice the expense to your security deposit. To prevent this, take the time to clean absolutely all your own things out of the house before leaving.

Get Photos of Everything

Moving tip take picturesMost landlords are good private property owners merely transforming their investments into a friendly sort of income. However a few really are attempting to find any means to force additional cash from tenants.

In such unusual situations, property managers have been recognized to state problems which weren't there as well as cause and take pictures of the damage themselves after a tenant leaves. All just to take some or their entire security deposit. Hence, just like a renting expert, the best choice is to snap photos of your own just before you hand over the keys.

Consequently, on your final day after the house is completely vacant, go on a total photo-snapping excursion of the property. Incorporating either side of every door and the interiors of closets and cabinets. Be positive that the house was in exceptional repair as you departed in case that any type of surface in the future concerning 'damage' you didn't bring about.

Hand Over the Key Appropriately

A number of property owners are incredibly choosy regarding handing back the keys, and some are not. Especially if you inadvertently take a key with you when you go.

Property managers that happen to be particular about keys can also be inclined to bill you for a new key or for the price of replacing the locks. This would be an unnecessary basis to lose a part of your security deposit, so be sure to hand the key back exactly the way the owner prefers.

Provide a Forwarding Address

Finally, make sure that you supply your property manager a forwarding address. This is usually the standard method they will get hold of you to mail the security deposit as well as their report on issues if and when they actually do somehow uncover a problem with the property or apartment you recently moved away from.

Therefore always, always, always provide your landlord a forwarding address so that you can get your deposit and take care of any documentation in the event they attempt to pull a trick to keep some of your money.


Most landlords are entirely fair, good people who wish to give your security deposit back in full. Making use of these strategies, it is possible to move from your rental leaving it in near-perfect condition, and you should find that deposit perfectly back in your account right away. Not to mention, if your property owner does try a little bit of shenanigans, then you know that the house was in great shape and can dispute easily using pics to show it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we have served clients with utterly all kinds of moves in Little Rock, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our over 40 years in operation, we've figured out numerous strategies and key tips for minimizing the trouble of this tiring and time-consuming moving process. For additional great tips to move like a pro, contact us now!


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