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 one of those situations that almost everyone is familiar with. Most of us, when moving out of a rental house or apartment, are depending on the security deposit to help manage the price of the move. That's a month or more worth of rent that might be used as a down payment on your new home, to boost your depleted savings, or to pay for home furniture along with supplies you would like subsequent to moving. And to obtain that deposit back, you will want the property owner to have no grounds to take reductions.

Currently, that is exactly what we're here to talk about. In order to get 100% of your security deposit returned when you move in San Antonio this occassion, here is the plan which performs for every expert renter.

Clear Rooms While Packing

It is a common myth that you can only commence repairing an apartment once all your items is moved out. But this is the way you find yourself running yourself up to the last day with no time to clean or complete fixes. You should get on track at the time you start packing.

Begin with low-priority areas and places such as the spare bedroom or your closet. While you pack, entirely clear each space, piling all of the boxes in the corner or maybe a section of the living room. The more you get packed, the more of your home will be clear and thus very easy to look over. This is actually the easiest way to make sure you detect all concerns whilst you still have time to deal with them.

Check Everywhere for Indications of Damage

Do not ever believe that since you have not spotted any harm to the house or apartment that your property manager won't find any. There are a variety of modest things that your eyes merely do not concentrate on which your property owner may focus on like a bloodhound. Marks on the wall, spills in the flooring, nail holes, and also loose fixtures can all potentially be reductions to your security deposit if your property owner discovers and hires someone to fix them.

However, not if you take care of them to begin with. Get on your home inspector cap and check out the house with a fine-tooth comb. Inspect every wall for damage, every baseboard, every single door as well as cabinet. It is okay to leave the house better than it was when you moved into it to make sure there's nothing which will ding your security deposit after you move out.

Take an inventory of the stuff you discover and the materials you need to do fixes.

Fill Nail Holes and Small Repairs

Following, accomplish the repairs. Don't just recognize that they require accomplishing. Nail holes will be an issue for many property owners and in case you hung anything up from art to window treatments, you should plug them back in. A little putty or spackle will do the task and if your walls are white-colored, you will possibly not even require a paint touch-up.

Handle additional minor repairs too. The good thing is that you may obtain low-cost repair kits for nearly anything over the internet. From scrapes in a wood floors to broken kitchen cabinet doors. Oh, and consider renting a steam vapor cleaner for a day to spruce up the carpeting. If there is any blotches that happen to be particularly hard to clean, consider using a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles across the blemish or sticky place.

Move Household Furniture by using Foot Pads and Blankets

While moving your pieces of furniture out, the very last thing you want to do is leave behind any additional scrapes. Moving sizeable pieces of furniture could be tricky and there is constantly a possibility of scraping a wall or door frame when attempting to get through. Plus, should you not fully lift the furniture, you should keep floor surfaces protected from scuff marks and scratches.

Thankfully, this solution is rather simple: Blankets and foot pads. For household furniture that you're planning to pull a portion of the way, make certain it has felt foot pads attached on or, in a crunch, wash cloths attached with rubber bands around the feet. As for edges along with door frames, all you need to do is encapsulate the perimeters of your pieces of furniture in towels or perhaps blankets to avoid a scrape.

Do not Leave Anything Behind in San Antonio

Abandoned property is one of the more frequent causes of security deposit conflicts. Do not leave a stack of stuff that didn't squeeze into your vehicle. If you do, the property owner is A) responsible to verify and see if you'd like it and B) is stuck with the costs for clearing it out.

Although they could very well pitch or donate the stuff, it's likely that the landlord will pay for a junk service to come get it and then invoice the expense to your security deposit. To prevent this, spend some time to remove utterly all your own things out of the house in advance of departure.

Snap Photos of Everything

Moving tip take picturesAlmost all landlords are excellent private property owners simply flipping their properties into a advantageous sort of profit. But a few may be attempting to find any manner to squeeze extra cash away from renters.

On these rare scenarios, landlords have been recognized to claim problems which were never there as well as cause and photograph the damage themselves after a tenant leaves. All simply to take some or their whole security deposit. Therefore, just like a renting master, the best choice is to snap pictures of your own right before you hand over the keys.

Consequently, on your very last day when the property is completely bare, have a full photo-snapping excursion of the property. Incorporating either side of every single door and also the insides of closets plus cabinets. Make it clear that the property was in exceptional condition when you departed in the event that any type of shenanigans surface in the future concerning 'damage' you did not bring about.

Hand Over the Key Successfully

Some landlords are very fussy pertaining to giving back the keys, and some aren't. Especially if you unintentionally take a key away with you when you go.

Landlords who are particular concerning keys can also be prepared to charge you for a new key or even for the expense of replacing the locks. This is a pointless reason to forfeit a portion of your security deposit, so don't forget to hand the key back the way the landlord desires.

Give a Forwarding Address

Finally, it is important to provide your property owner a forwarding address. This is usually the standard means they will get hold of you to send the security deposit and their list of issues if and when they actually do somehow locate something wrong with the residence or apartment you recently moved away from.

Consequently always, always, always give your property manager a forwarding address so that you can get your deposit and take care of any paperwork in case they try to pull a trick to keep a part of your cash.


Most landlords really are extremely reasonable, fine people who want to give your security deposit back in full. Making use of these tips, you'll be able to move out of your rental leaving it in near-perfect condition, and you should see that deposit comfortably back in your pocket right away. And, if the property owner does try some shenanigans, then you already know that the house was in great condition and can contest effectively by using pics to prove it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we've assisted customers with utterly all kinds of moves in San Antonio, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our over 40 years in business, we've learned numerous techniques and key tricks for reducing the hassle of this exhausting and time-consuming moving process. For additional sound advice to move like a master, contact us right away!


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