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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 property is one of those things that nearly everyone is experienced with. Most of us, whenever moving out of a rental home or apartment, are banking on the security deposit for helping handle the price of the move. That's a month or more worth of rent that could be used as a down payment on your new place, to replenish your used up savings, or to pay for home furnishings along with items you will need soon after moving. So to get that deposit back, you will want the property manager to have no reasons to make deductions.

Presently, that is exactly what we are here to talk about. If you want to get 100% of the security deposit returned when you move in Oklahoma City this time, here's the routine which performs for virtually every skilled renter.

Clear Areas While Packing

It is a prevalent misconception that one can only start fixing up a dwelling once all your items is moved out. Yet this is the way you find yourself driving yourself up to the final moment without any time to clean or do fixes. You need to get started at the time you start packing.

Start with less used rooms and areas like the extra bedroom or maybe your closet. While you pack, completely clear each space, putting all of the boxes in the corner or maybe a portion of the living room. The more you get packed, the more of your house is generally empty and therefore simple to examine. This is actually the best way to ensure you notice all issues when you still have time to fix them.

Inspect Everywhere for Signs of Damage

Don't assume that while you haven't spotted any damage to the house or dwelling that the property owner is not going to locate any. There are lots of small things that your eyes merely do not give attention to that your landlord might zero in on like a bloodhound. Scratches on the wall, discolorations on the carpet, nail holes, and also wobbly fixtures may potentially be deductions on your security deposit should your landlord locates and spends money to fix them.

But not if you find them to begin with. Put on your inspector hat and check out the residence using a fine-tooth brush. Look at each and every wall for damages, every single baseboard, each individual door in addition to cabinet. It will be fine to depart the residence better than when you moved in to make sure there's nothing that will reduce your security deposit when you move out.

Take an inventory of the stuff you discover as well as the items you will need to accomplish fixes.

Plug Nail Holes and Minor Fixes

Next, accomplish the fixes. Don't just notice that they need doing. Nail holes will be a concern for a few landlords and in case you put anything up from pictures to window treatments, you'll want to plug them back in. A little putty or spackle can do the task and if your walls are white-colored, you may not even have to have a paint touch-up.

Deal with various other trivial repairs as well. The great thing is that you can order affordable repair kits for nearly anything on the internet. From scuff marks in a wood floors to squeaky cupboard doors. Oh, and consider renting a steam cleaner for a day to spruce up the floor coverings. If there's any spots that are especially stubborn, try a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles over the blemish or sticky place.

Move Pieces of Furniture utilizing Foot Pads and Blankets

While moving your household furniture out, the very last thing you need to do is leave behind any excess dings. Moving bulky furniture pieces could be challenging and there's invariably a possibility of dinging a wall or door frame while trying to get through. Also, if you don't totally lift the pieces of furniture, you must keep floors protected from scuff marks and scratches.

Fortunately, this answer is easy: Blankets and foot pads. Pertaining to household furniture that you plan to push part of the way, make sure it's got felt foot pads stuck on or, in a pinch, washrags secured with rubber bands around the feet. Concerning edges along with door frames, all you need to do is encapsulate the perimeters of the furniture in large towels or perhaps blankets to avoid a scrape.

Don't Leave Things Behind in Oklahoma City

Deserted property is one of the more common factors behind security deposit conflicts. Never leave a heap of items that didn't squeeze into your car. In case you do, the landlord is A) responsible to verify and see if you need it and B) is saddled with the expenses for clearing it out.

Although they could very well toss or donate the items, chances are that the landlord will pay a trash service to come collect it and after that invoice the price to your security deposit. To prevent this, make time to clear utterly every one of your personal stuff out of the house ahead of leaving.

Snap Pictures of Everything

Moving tip take picturesAlmost all landlords are good private property owners just converting their investments into a nice kind of profit. However a few might be looking for any way to squeeze additional cash out of tenants.

On these uncommon circumstances, property managers are recognized to assert problems that weren't present or even cause and take pictures of the damage themselves after a tenant leaves. All just to take some or their entire security deposit. So, just like a renting professional, your best bet is to snap photos of your own prior to when you give over the keys.

Therefore, on your very last day after the property is wholly vacant, take a comprehensive photo-snapping tour of the property. Incorporating either side of every door and also the interiors of closets and cabinets. Be positive that the house was in exceptional condition at the time you departed in case that any type of shenanigans come up down the road concerning 'damage' you didn't cause.

Hand Over the Key Successfully

Some landlords are particularly fussy pertaining to handing back the keys, and some aren't. Particularly if you accidentally take a key away with you when you go.

Property owners that are fussy regarding keys could also be inclined to bill you for a new key or even for the price of replacing the locks. This would be a pointless reason to lose a part of your security deposit, therefore don't forget to hand the key over exactly the way the owner prefers.

Supply a Forwarding Address

Finally, make certain you supply your landlord a forwarding address. This is the official way they will get in touch with you to send the security deposit and their list of infractions if and when they do somehow uncover a problem with the house or apartment you recently moved away from.

Therefore always, always, always provide your landlord a forwarding address to help you get your deposit and take care of any documentation in case they try to pull a stunt to keep a portion of your money.


The majority of property owners are entirely sensible, nice folks that wish to give your security deposit back in full. Making use of these strategies, you'll be able to move from your rental leaving it in excellent condition, and you should see that deposit perfectly back in your pocket right away. And additionally, if the property owner does try a few shenanigans, then you already know that the house was in terrific order and can dispute easily using pics to demonstrate it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we have assisted clients with absolutely all types of moves in Oklahoma City, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our over 40 years in business, we've mastered numerous techniques and secret tips for reducing the stress of this strenuous and time-consuming moving process. For more sound advice to move like a master, contact us today!


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