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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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If the time has come for you to move out of your apartment, you’re probably busy packing and finding a new place to live. But don’t forget to take the right steps to get your security deposit back! Your moving checklist should include a solid plan to clean and repair your apartment so you can get your security deposit returned in full.
First things first: What will your landlord expect of you when it comes to cleaning and repairing your apartment? Consult your lease and figure out what is required of you in order to get your security deposit back, then construct your cleaning and moving checklist accordingly. For example, your apartment may clean your carpets and floors for you upon move-out, but might expect you to paint over any colors you’ve added to the apartment walls on your own. If you aren’t sure what is expected of you, call your landlord and confirm what you need to do to get that security deposit back.
Next, go through the apartment room by room and create a comprehensive cleaning and moving checklist. Below is a moving checklist to help you get started, but be sure to think about the special needs of your apartment as well. And remember, when it comes time for your landlord to inspect your apartment, request to be present during the inspection. That way you’ll be able to address any problems and make adjustments as needed.
- Dust all surfaces thoroughly.
- Vacuum every room.
- Clean all windows thoroughly with a streak-free cleaner.
- Mop the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Remove all wall décor and fill in any holes made by nails or screws.
- Make sure all doors and windows shut smoothly and securely.
- Clean the bathtub and shower.
- Clean and disinfect the sink and bathroom counter.
- Clean grout using bleach or vinegar.
- Clean out bathroom drawers, cabinets, and medicine cabinet.
- Remove any drawer liners.
- Clean the mirror.
- Clean out all appliances, including the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave.
- Sweep and vacuum behind all appliances.
- Clean the fronts and insides of cabinets.
- Clean and disinfect all countertops.
- Sweep all outside areas, including the porch, garage, and doorways.
- Mow the lawn.
- Pull any weeds.
- Remove any yard décor.
- Wash the windows’ exteriors.
For More Moving Tips…
For another useful moving checklist, check out the ApartmentSearchcom Apartment Moving Center. Do you have a tip for get your security deposit back that’s not on this moving checklist? Share your own tips with ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook!