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February 09, 2019

Moving Out: Tips to Get Back Your Entire Security Deposit

Moving OutBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving out of a rental is just one of those ordeals that just about everyone is no stranger to. Most of us, whenever moving out of a rental home or apartment, are relying on the security deposit for helping manage the price of the move. It's a month if not more worth of rent that might be utilized as a down payment on your new residence, to recover your used up bank account, or to pay for home furniture along with items you would like soon after moving. In order to get that deposit returned, you'll need the landlord to have zero justifications to take reductions.

Today, that's exactly precisely what we are here to discuss. If you want to get 100% of your security deposit back when you move in Denver this time, here is the regimen which performs for virtually every knowledgeable renter.

Clear Spaces While Packing

It is a popular misconception that you can only commence repairing a house when all your items is moved out. Yet this is the way you end up running yourself up to the final moment without having time to tidy or do fixes. You can get started as soon as you commence packing.

Begin with low-priority rooms and areas such as the extra bedroom or perhaps your closet. While you pack, completely clear every place, putting all boxes in the corner or maybe a area of the family room. The more you get packed, the more of your house should be empty and therefore easy to scrutinize. This can be the most effective way to be sure you take note of all problems whilst you still have time to take care of them.

Examine Everywhere for Signs of Damage

Don't believe that because you have not spotted any damage to the residence or dwelling that your landlord won't discover any. There are many of little issues that your eyes merely never focus on which your property owner could zero in on like a bloodhound. Scratches on your wall, discolorations in the flooring, nail holes, along with loose fixtures all can possibly be reductions on your security deposit should your landlord discovers and spends money to repair them.

But not if you locate them first. Put on your inspector cap and review the residence using a fine-tooth brush. Examine each and every wall for damage, every last baseboard, every single door in addition to cabinet. It is fine to depart the property better than you found it to ensure there's nothing which will hurt your security deposit when you move out.

Compose a list of the stuff you find and the supplies you need to do repairs.

Plug Nail Holes and Small Repairs

Following, do the maintenance tasks. Don't just recognize that they require carrying out. Nail holes are an issue for a few property owners and if you hung anything up from art to window treatments, you should plug the holes back in. A little putty or spackle is going to do the job and if the walls are white, you might not even need a paint touch-up.

Handle various other minor fixes as well. The good news is that you can purchase cheap repair kits for almost anything on the internet. From scrapes in the wood floors to squeaky cupboard drawers. Oh, and consider reserving a steam cleaner for a day to spruce up the floor coverings. Should there be any spots that happen to be exceptionally obstinate, consider using a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles over the spot or sticky area.

Move Pieces of Furniture using Foot Pads and Blankets

While moving your furniture out, the very last thing you wish to do is leave behind any extra scuffs. Moving large pieces of furniture can be challenging and there is always a possibility of scraping a wall or doorway whilst attempting to get through. Plus, if you don't completely lift up the pieces of furniture, you must keep floor surfaces safe from scrapes and scratches.

Fortunately, this solution is relatively easy: Blankets and foot padding. For household furniture that you intend to slide part of the way, make certain it has felt floor protectors stuck on or, in a pinch, wash cloths anchored with rubber bands around the feet. Concerning corners and also doors, all you need to do is cover the perimeters of the household furniture in towels or even blankets to avoid a scrape.

Don't Leave Things Behind in Denver

Deserted items are one of the more frequent reasons for security deposit controversies. Never leave a heap of items that failed to squeeze into the car. In the event that you do, your landlord is A) obligated to verify and see if you need it and B) is saddled with the bill for cleaning it out.

Whilst they may possibly toss or give away the stuff, it's likely that the landlord will pay for a garbage service to come recover it then invoice the cost to your security deposit. To prevent this, take the time to clean positively every one of your personal items out of the house in advance of leaving.

Snap Pictures of Everything

Moving tip take picturesThe majority of landlords are great private property owners just converting their investments into a nice sort of profit. Just a few might be attempting to find any means to wring more money from renters.

On these unusual situations, property owners are recognized to allege damages which were not there as well as cause and take pictures of the issues themselves after a tenant leaves. All just to take a little bit of or their whole security deposit. So, such as a renting pro, the best choice is to snap photos of your own right before you give over the keys.

So, on your last day when the property is fully bare, go on a complete photo-snapping tour of the property. Incorporating each side of every last door along with the insides of closets and even kitchen cabinets. Be positive that the property was in exceptional repair as you departed in case that any come up later about 'damage' you didn't bring about.

Give Over the Key Appropriately

Certain landlords are particularly fussy regarding giving over the keys, and many might not be. Especially if you mistakenly take a key away with you when you leave.

Landlords who are particular regarding keys might also be likely to bill you for a new key or for the cost of replacing the locks. This would be a pointless basis to forfeit some of your security deposit, therefore be sure to give the key over the way the landlord prefers.

Provide a Forwarding Address

Lastly, make certain you give your property manager a forwarding address. This can be the formal way they'll contact you to communicate the security deposit along with their list of infractions if and when they actually do somehow uncover a problem with the property or apartment you recently moved from.

Therefore always, always, always provide your property manager a forwarding address to be able to ensure you get your deposit and handle all documentation just in case they try to pull a stunt to keep a part of your money.


Almost all property managers are entirely practical, fine individuals who wish to give your security deposit back in full. Making use of these techniques, you'll be able to move from your rental leaving it in exceptional condition, and you'll find that deposit perfectly back in your pocket before you know it. Not to mention, if your property manager does try a few shenanigans, then you already know that the home was in remarkable condition and can dispute effectively utilizing pics to prove it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we've assisted customers with absolutely all kinds of moves in Denver, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our 4 decades in operation, we have figured out more than a few tactics and key tips for minimizing the trouble of this strenuous and time-consuming moving process. For more superb advice to move like a master, contact us right away!


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