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Do You Want Your Security Deposit Back? 4 Habits That Will Help

Couple Deep Cleaning Windows in ApartmentLike most Muskegon renters, you probably want to get your security deposit back. If you do, you should plan for good property maintenance. Property repairs are among the top reasons landlords withhold security deposit funds in the first place. So it follows that you need to minimize the number of potential repairs your landlord has to do after you have moved out. Here are several habits to cultivate as a renter to ensure that the property you leave will be in good condition, allowing you to have your security deposit refunded in full.

1. Decorate Without Holes

Plan ahead of time how you will decorate your rental home. If you want to pay for costly repairs after you move out, make sure you avoid making many holes in the walls or other permanent changes to the property. Hang your decor using non-marking, removable fasteners instead of nail screws. These hooks are capable of supporting varying weights and sizes and can easily be removed without damaging the wall.

Another simple solution is to use coasters or pads underneath table legs, couches, and other heavy items in order to protect your floors whenever you move furniture around. It can be very costly to repair damaged floors. Having the right supplies on hand can help you avoid gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpet whenever you move furniture around.

2. Regular Deep Cleaning

Regular cleaning of your rental home also helps ensure you get your security deposit back. The longer you will be staying in a home, the more important a cleaning regimen will be. Regular surface cleaning can get rid of most of the grime in the short term, but regular deep cleanings are needed if you will be staying in your rental home for more than a few months. Deep cleaning should include scrubbing grout, wiping down kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans, cleaning appliances (fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher), and performing basic maintenance on appliances. This also includes clearing hair from drains, changing light bulbs, and dusting blinds, and ceiling fans. When you regularly clean your rental home, you can keep your deposited funds safe from easily avoidable repairs.

3. Minimize Damage

If you are living with kids or pets, you have to minimize any possibility of damages. Having children and pets will mean you have to take extra precautions to take care of your home’s painted walls and other surfaces. Placing furniture against the walls helps protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Using rugs around the house protects floors and provides a soft place that your little ones can enjoy. You can also designate pets or playtime to certain areas of the house so any damage to walls or floors is contained in a certain area. Keep quality cleaning materials, such as magic erasers, within reach to remove scuffs and rogue scribbles.

4. Report Maintenance Issues

Finally, you should alert your landlord when you start noticing maintenance issues in the home. This is actually a smart practice. First of all, when you tell your landlord about maintenance issues, they can address them right away. Regular maintenance or minor repairs helps avoid major repairs later on. Also, any damage noted after you move out becomes your responsibility, but things your landlord fixes while you are still living in the home are typically paid for by the landlord. When you report maintenance issues as they arise, you can increase your chances of getting your entire security deposit back after moving out.

Will you be moving in the near future? The Muskegon property managers at Real Property Management Investment Solutions can help! Contact us today or check out our listings online.

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