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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 truly one of those ordeals that nearly everyone is acquainted with. Many of us, whenever moving out of a rental house or apartment, are depending on the security deposit to help cover the expense of the move. That's a month or maybe more worth of rent that could be utilized as a down payment for your new residence, to recover your used up bank account, or to pay for home furniture as well as supplies you would like subsequent to moving. And to get that deposit back, you will need your property owner to have no reasons in order to take deductions.

Today, that is precisely what we are here to share. If you want to ensure you get 100% of your security deposit back when you move in Houston this occassion, here is the plan that is effective for virtually every skilled tenant.

Clear Spaces Whilst Packing

It is a popular myth that you may only commence fixing up a house when all the stuff is moved out. But this is how you find yourself working yourself up to the last day with no time to tidy or carry out fixes. You can get rolling once you start packing.

Start out with less used spaces and places like the extra bedroom or maybe your closet. As you pack, completely clear out each area, stacking all of the boxes in a corner or maybe a area of the living room. The more you pack, the more of your home should be clear and thus very easy to look over. This is the best way to ensure you take note of all concerns when you still have time to resolve them.

Examine Everywhere for Indicators of Damage

Don't assume that since you haven't observed any harm to the residence or apartment that your landlord will not uncover any. There are lots of small issues that your eyes simply don't give attention to that your property manager could focus on like a bloodhound. Scrapes on your wall, stains on the flooring, nail holes, and also wobbly fixtures can all possibly become deductions to your security deposit should your property owner locates and pays to repair them.

But not if you discover them first. Get on your home inspector cap and check out the house with a fine-tooth comb. Check each and every wall for damages, each baseboard, every single door and cabinet. It will be fine to leave the house better than it was when you moved into it to ensure there's nothing that can reduce your security deposit when you move out.

Create a list of everything you find along with the items you'll need to perform fixes.

Fill Nail Holes and Trivial Fixes

Following, do the repairs. Don't just notice that they need carrying out. Nail holes are a problem for many landlords and if you put anything up from paintings to drapes, you'll want to plug the holes back in. A bit of putty or spackle will do the job and if your walls are white, you may not even require a paint touch-up.

Deal with other small repairs too. The good news is that one can order affordable repair kits for nearly anything online. From scratches in the wood floors to broken kitchen cabinet doors. Oh, and think about renting a steam vapor cleaner for a day to freshen up the floor coverings. If there's any areas which are extremely obstinate, try a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles across the stain or sticky place.

Move Pieces of Furniture using Foot Pads and Blankets

Whenever moving your pieces of furniture out, the very last thing you want to do is leave behind any excess dings. Moving large pieces of furniture could be challenging and there is constantly a chance of scuffing a wall or doorway when trying to get through. And, if you don't totally lift up the pieces of furniture, you should keep floor surfaces safe from scrapes and scratches.

Luckily, this solution is uncomplicated: Blankets and also foot padding. For household furniture that you plan to push part of the way, make certain it's got felt floor protectors attached on or, in a crunch, washrags anchored using rubber bands around the feet. Regarding corners and also doors, all you should do is encapsulate the edges of the furniture pieces in towels or even blankets to avoid a scrape.

Do not Leave Anything Behind in Houston

Abandoned property is one of the most common factors behind security deposit conflicts. Do not leave a stack of items which failed to fit into the car. In case you do, the property manager is A) required to verify and see if you would like it and B) is saddled with the costs for cleaning it out.

While they could possibly pitch or give away the things, it's likely that your landlord will pay for a garbage company to come collect it and then charge the cost to your security deposit. To prevent this, spend some time to clean utterly all your personal things out of the house in advance of departure.

Take Pictures of Everything

Moving tip take picturesAlmost all property owners are great private property owners merely transforming their investments into a nice sort of revenue. Just a few may be attempting to find any manner to force more money from tenants.

In these uncommon situations, landlords have been known to state problems which were not present as well as cause and photograph the damage themselves after a tenant departs. All merely to take a little bit of or their entire security deposit. So, like a renting master, your best bet is to take pictures of your own just before you give over the keys.

And so, on your final day after the house is totally empty, go on a complete photo-snapping expedition of the house. Including each side of every door along with the insides of closets and cabinets. Make it clear that the house was in near-perfect order as you departed just in case any kind of shenanigans arise in the future concerning 'damage' you didn't induce.

Hand Over the Key Appropriately

Some property managers are incredibly fussy pertaining to handing over the property keys, and some might not be. Specifically if you inadvertently take a key away with you when you move out.

Property owners that are picky regarding keys might also be inclined to charge you for a new key or even for the cost of replacing the locks. This is an unnecessary reason to lose a part of your security deposit, therefore ensure that you hand the key over precisely the way the owner requires.

Supply a Forwarding Address

Lastly, ensure that you supply your landlord a forwarding address. This is the official method they'll contact you to mail the security deposit as well as their report on violations assuming they actually do somehow uncover something wrong with the residence or apartment you recently moved away from.

Therefore always, always, always give your property owner a forwarding address so that you can ensure you get your deposit and take care of all documents just in case they try to pull a stunt to keep some of your cash.


Almost all landlords are totally reasonable, nice individuals who wish to give your security deposit back in full. With these techniques, you will be able to move from your rental leaving it in excellent condition, and you'll notice that deposit comfortably back in your bank account right away. Not to mention, if your landlord does attempt a few shenanigans, then you already know that the residence was in superb condition and can dispute effectively using photos to prove it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we've served clients with utterly all kinds of moves in Houston, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our over 40 years in business, we have learned quite a lot of strategies and key tips for reducing the hassle of this exhausting and time-consuming moving process. For more great tips to move like a professional, contact us today!


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