Whether you’re moving across town or relocating across the country, one thing holds true: moving can be a stressful experience! Even after you’ve moved all of your stuff out, there is still that daunting task of deep cleaning the apartment. And one surface that might be a bit tricky to tackle is a glass stovetop! Read the rest of this entry »
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Are you bracing yourself for a furry bundle of joy? Before you make your dog dreams come true, create a welcoming space for your pup to live. Use this step-by-step guide for preparing your apartment for a pet’s arrival in a way that both your puppy and your landlord will approve. Read the rest of this entry »
New home, who dis? If you’re moving forward and have found a new spot, there are a few to-dos before you pop your bubbly and burn your sage. Yes, moving can be exciting—hello, new pool!—but it’s also tons of work.
Use this pre-move checklist one step at a time to make sure moving day goes smoothly and you get your security deposit back, because that’s what you really want, right? In 7 steps, your old haunting grounds will just be part of your past. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving out? Apartment cleaning should go at the top of your to-do list. As excited as you are about your new apartment, you can’t just walk away from your old one. There are some responsibilities you have as a renter when moving out, and those responsibilities involve cleaning. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all heard the term “wear and tear” when it comes to the typical nicks and scratches even the most careful apartment renter causes. But what separates normal “wear and tear” from damages you’re expected to pay for out of your security deposit? (Or, worse yet, in addition to your security deposit?) And how can you address what you consider unfair bills from your landlord when you’re moving out?
Maybe your dog just couldn’t hold it any longer, or there’s a remnant of that green beer from St. Patrick’s Day decorating your living room carpet. Or, perhaps a splash of red wine escaped from your glass. Sound familiar? We’ll walk you through how to get stains out of carpet, since visible stains could prevent you from getting your full security deposit refund when you move out of your apartment. These carpet cleaning tips and tricks will help you get your carpet into great shape again—and get you that full security deposit back. Read the rest of this entry »
We all know the joy of paying a security deposit for an apartment; and if you don’t, well, we’re jealous. But a deposit, as annoying as it is, will get refunded to you at the end of your lease! If you treat the place right. Let’s face it though: who wants that? You’re probably rolling in money, laughing at the fact that you would even want your security deposit back. If that’s the case, here are some great ways to never get that cash back. Oh, to be young and wild and free! Read the rest of this entry »
When you’re moving out of an apartment, it’s essential to know what constitutes “normal wear and tear” to most apartment owners. If you want to get your security deposit back, you’ll need to make sure your apartment is as close to as it used to be as you can possibly manage. Sure, small scratches are okay here and there, but how far does that leeway extend? Here are some tips on how to make sure your apartment is ready for move-out.
1. Clean Your Carpets
If you’re about to move apartments, you’ve got some maintenance issues on your mind. Specifically, you really, really want that security deposit back that you forked over when you first moved in. While there are plenty of precautions you can take and ways you can clean to get that deposit back, we also suggest you get creative with the resources you already have on hand… like toothpaste.
“What?” we hear you say. “How can toothpaste help me get back my $700 security deposit?” Stick with us. Here are 5 ways you can get your security deposit back with just a little minty ingenuity.
1. Spackle the holes in your walls.
If you’re out of spackling but need to cover up unsightly holes in your apartment’s walls from all those hanging picture frames, don’t fret. Toothpaste actually makes great temporary spackling. (Just be sure to avoid anything colorful or striped.)
2. Get rid of carpet stains.
Oh no!, you thought when you spilled red wine on your carpet last month. This will never come out. I’m doomed! Hardly, dear renter. It easier to remove wet stains, but the ingredients in toothpaste can help remove set in stains. Apply a small amount of white non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste directly to the sullied spot on your apartment’s carpet, scrub gently with a bristled brush, and rinse thoroughly with water immediately.
3. Scrub your bathroom grout.
Shower and tile grout can get pretty grimy if you don’t attend to it regularly. If you’ve let your apartment’s bathrooms get grubby, give the grout a good scrub with some whitening toothpaste. Rinse thoroughly.
4. Remove scuffmarks and crayon marks from painted walls.
Whether you’ve got budding little artists or you’re just a little clumsy, everyone scuffs up their apartment’s walls now and again. Remove those marks by taking a damp cloth with non-whitening toothpaste on it and rubbing gently at the offending area. Voila, beautiful walls and no damage.
5. Make a good impression on your apartment’s landlord.
Nothing says “I’m a charming devil worthy of a security deposit refund” quite like minty fresh breath and a dazzling smile. Before you invite your apartment’s management rep over for your final walk-through inspection, brush your pearly whites.
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