As a Rochester renter, it is a good idea to plan to get your security deposit back. It is important that you have good property maintenance. Property repairs are among the top reasons landlords withhold security deposit funds in the first place. So it is practical to minimize the number of potential repairs that your landlord has to do after you move out. You can cultivate several habits as a renter that can help ensure that the property will be in good condition when you leave, therefore ensuring that your security deposit will be refunded in full.
1. Decorate Without Holes
You should plan how to decorate your rental home ahead of time. Permanent changes to the property, including holes in the walls, will mean costly repairs that you will be responsible for when you move out. Use non-marking, removable fasteners to display your decor instead of nails or screws. These hooks can hold varying weights and sizes and have the added advantage of being detachable without damage to the wall.
Coasters or pads underneath table legs, couches, and other heavy items are great for protecting your floors while moving furniture around. Floor damage can be costly to repair. It is best to plan ahead and have the right supplies on hand so you can avoid gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpet when you move furniture around.
2. Regular Deep Cleaning
It is also important to clean your rental home regularly to ensure you get your security deposit back. It is important to have a cleaning regimen if you are going to be staying longer in a home. While surface cleaning will keep most of the grime away, regular deep cleanings are a must if you plan to stay for more than just a couple of months in your rental home. 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. Also, you should clear drains of hair, change light bulbs, dust blinds, and ceiling fans. By regularly cleaning your rental home, you can avoid funds being taken out of your deposit for easily avoidable repairs.
3. Minimize Damage
If you have kids or pets living with you, you should minimize any possible damage they may cause. You should take extra precautions with children and pets around a home’s painted walls and other surfaces. It will help if you place furniture and other big items against the walls to protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Rugs also protect floors while providing a soft place for your little ones as well. You can also designate certain areas of the house for pets or playtime to limit possible damage to walls or floors to a smaller area. Look for quality cleaning materials like magic erasers to get rid of scuffs and rogue scribbles.
4. Report Maintenance Issues
It is also good to alert your landlord when you notice maintenance issues in the home. But this is a very good strategy. The earlier your landlord knows about these maintenance issues, the earlier they can address them. Regular maintenance and minor repairs can prevent major -and expensive- repairs later on. Moreover, any damage noticed after you have left the house is your responsibility; things that your landlord fixes while you are still living in the home are typically paid for by the landlord himself. When you report maintenance issues, you can better your chances of getting your entire security deposit back.
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