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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 one of those situations that nearly everybody is familiar with. The majority of us, if moving out of a rental house or apartment, are counting on the security deposit to help handle the costs of the move. That is a month or maybe more of rent that could be utilized as a down payment for the new place, to replenish your drained bank account, or to purchase furniture along with necessities you would like after moving. And to obtain that deposit returned, you need the property owner to have zero justifications in order to take reductions.

Today, that's exactly what we're here to discuss. If you'd like to get 100% of the security deposit back when you move in Tulsa this occassion, the following is the routine that works for virtually every experienced renter.

Clear Rooms When Packing

It's a prevalent misunderstanding that one can only commence fixing up a house once all the belongings is moved out. Yet this is how you find yourself working yourself up to the deadline with no time to thoroughly clean or do fixes. You should get rolling when you commence packing.

Start out with less used spaces and places like the spare bedroom or perhaps your closet. When you pack, entirely clear out every space, putting all of the boxes in the corner or a section of the living room. The more you box up, the more of your residence will be empty and therefore very easy to inspect. This can be the best way to ensure you notice all issues when you still have time to resolve them.

Investigate Everywhere for Signs of Damage

Never think that because you have not noticed any damage to the property or apartment that your landlord is not going to uncover any. There are a variety of minor problems that your eyes simply don't concentrate on which your property owner could possibly focus on like a bloodhound. Marks on your wall, discolorations in the carpet, nail holes, and wobbly fixtures all can possibly become reductions to your security deposit if your property owner discovers and spends money to fix them.

But not if you find them to begin with. Put on your home inspector cap and go over the property using a fine-tooth brush. Check each and every wall for problems, every last baseboard, each individual door in addition to cabinet. It will be fine to exit the residence better than when you moved in to make sure there's nothing that will hurt your security deposit after you move out.

Take an inventory of the things you discover as well as the materials you will need to accomplish fixes.

Fill Nail Holes and Minor Repairs

Following, accomplish the maintenance tasks. Don't just notice that they need carrying out. Nail holes tend to be an issue for a few landlords and if you hung anything up from pictures to blinds, you need to plug them back in. A bit of putty or spackle can do the trick and if the walls are white-colored, you will possibly not even have to have a paint touch-up.

Deal with other trivial repairs also. The good thing is that one can buy affordable repair kits for about anything online. From scratches in the wood flooring to broken kitchen cabinet doors. Oh, and think about reserving a steam cleaner for a day to freshen up the flooring. If there is any blotches that happen to be specifically persistent, try out a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles over the spot or sticky space.

Move Pieces of Furniture with Foot Pads and Blankets

When moving your household furniture out, the very last thing you want to do is leave behind any additional dings. Moving bulky pieces of furniture might be tricky and there is consistently a possibility of scraping a wall or doorway whilst trying to get by. And, if you don't completely pick up the furniture, you must keep flooring protected from scrapes and scratches.

Fortunately, this solution is rather simple: Blankets and also foot pads. Regarding household furniture that you intend to pull a part of the way, make sure it's got felt foot pads attached on or, in a crunch, washrags attached by using rubber bands around the feet. Regarding edges as well as doorways, all you have to do is wrap the perimeters of your home furnishings in towels or perhaps blankets to prevent a scrape.

Never Leave Anything Behind in Tulsa

Forgotten property is one of the frequent factors behind security deposit disputes. Do not leave a stack of items that did not squeeze into your vehicle. In case you do, the property owner is A) obligated to verify and see if you'd like it and B) is saddled with the bill for cleaning it out.

Whilst they could very well pitch or give away the stuff, chances are that the property manager is going to pay a garbage company to come get it and after that invoice the expense to your security deposit. To prevent this, spend some time to clear positively all of your own items out of the house in advance of leaving.

Snap Photos of Everything

Moving tip take picturesAlmost all landlords are great private property owners merely converting their investments into a friendly type of income. Just a few might be attempting to find any way to squeeze additional cash from renters.

In these uncommon scenarios, property owners have actually been known to claim damages that were never there or perhaps create and photograph the issues themselves after a renter moves out. All just to take a little bit of or their whole security deposit. Hence, just like a renting pro, your best bet is to take pictures of your own just before you give over the keys.

Therefore, on your very last day after the property is entirely bare, go on a comprehensive photo-snapping excursion of the property. Incorporating both sides of every last door and also the insides of closets and even cabinets. Make it clear that the property was in close to perfect condition when you left in the event that any issues appear in the future concerning 'damage' you did not bring about.

Surrender the Key Successfully

Certain property managers are incredibly picky regarding handing back the keys, but some aren't. Especially if you inadvertently take a key away with you when you go.

Property owners who are picky concerning keys might also be prone to charge you for a new key or perhaps for the price of replacing the locks. This is an unnecessary reason to waste some of your security deposit, therefore ensure that you give the key over exactly the way the owner desires.

Provide a Forwarding Address

Finally, make certain you give the property manager a forwarding address. This is usually the official way they will get in touch with you to communicate the security deposit as well as their listing of infractions if they actually do somehow uncover a problem with the residence or apartment you recently moved away from.

So always, always, always provide your property manager a forwarding address so that you can ensure you get your deposit and take care of all documents in the event they try to pull a stunt to keep a part of your cash.


Most property managers really are entirely decent, nice people who want to give your security deposit back in full. Making use of these tactics, you will be able to move out of your rental leaving it in near-perfect condition, and you should see that deposit perfectly back in your pocket right away. And, if the landlord does try a little bit of shenanigans, then you know that the dwelling was in outstanding order and can dispute readily with photographs to demonstrate it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we've helped customers with absolutely all types of moves in Tulsa, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our four decades in business, we've mastered numerous tactics and secret tricks for decreasing the hassle of this tedious and time-consuming moving process. To get more sound advice to move like a pro, contact us right away!


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