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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 just one of those situations that nearly everybody is familiar with. The majority of us, when moving out of a rental house or apartment, are depending on the security deposit to help manage the price of the move. That is a month or more worth of rent that might be used as a down payment on your new home, to boost your used up savings, or to pay for home furniture along with supplies you will need subsequent to moving. And to obtain that deposit back, you will need the property owner to have no grounds to take reductions.

Today, that is exactly what we're here to discuss. If you want to get 100% of your security deposit back when you move in Dallas this occassion, here's the plan which performs for every expert renter.

Clear Rooms While Packing

It is a common myth that you may only commence repairing an apartment once all your stuff is moved out. But this is the way you wind up working yourself up to the last day without any time to thoroughly clean or carry out fixes. You should get on track at the time you commence packing.

Start with low-priority areas and places such as the spare bedroom or your closet. As you pack, entirely clear each space, piling all of the boxes in the corner or perhaps a section of the living room. The more you pack, the more of your home will be empty and therefore very easy to look over. This is the easiest way to be sure you detect all concerns whilst you still have time to fix them.

Check Everywhere for Signs of Damage

Never believe that since you have not spotted any harm to the house or dwelling that your landlord won't discover any. There are a variety of modest things that your eyes merely do not concentrate on which your property owner may focus on like a bloodhound. Marks on the wall, spots in the flooring, nail holes, and also loose fixtures can all potentially be reductions to your security deposit if your property owner sees and hires someone to fix them.

But not if you discover them to begin with. Get on your home inspector cap and check out the house with a fine-tooth comb. Inspect each and every wall for problems, every baseboard, every single door as well as cabinet. It's alright to leave the house better than it was when you moved into it to ensure there's nothing which will hurt your security deposit after you move out.

Take an inventory of the stuff you notice and the materials you need to do fixes.

Fill Nail Holes and Small Repairs

Next, accomplish the repairs. Don't just recognize that they require accomplishing. Nail holes will be a problem for many landlords and in case you hung anything up from paintings to window treatments, you should plug them back in. A little putty or spackle will do the task and if your walls are white-colored, you might not even need a paint touch-up.

Handle other minor fixes too. The good news is that you may purchase low-cost repair kits for almost anything over the internet. From scrapes in a wood floors to broken kitchen cabinet doors. Oh, and consider reserving a steam vapor cleaner for a day to spruce up the carpeting. If there is any places that happen to be extremely hard to clean, consider using a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles across the blemish or sticky place.

Move Furnishings by using Foot Pads and Blankets

While moving your pieces of furniture out, the very last thing you want to do is leave behind any additional scrapes. Moving sizeable pieces of furniture could be challenging and there is constantly a possibility of scraping a wall or door frame when attempting to get through. And, should you not completely pick up the items of furniture, you should keep floor surfaces protected from scuff marks and scratches.

Fortunately, this solution is simple: Blankets and also foot pads. For household furniture that you plan to pull a portion of the way, be sure it has felt foot pads attached on or, in a crunch, washrags attached by using rubber bands around the feet. As for edges along with door frames, all you need to do is encapsulate the perimeters of your pieces of furniture in towels or perhaps blankets to avoid a scrape.

Don't Leave Anything Behind in Dallas

Abandoned property is one of the more frequent causes of security deposit disputes. Don't leave a stack of stuff that did not squeeze into the car. In the event that you do, the property owner is A) responsible to verify and see if you'd like it and B) is stuck with the costs for clearing it out.

Although they could possibly pitch or donate the things, it's likely that the property manager will pay a junk service to come get it and then invoice the expense to your security deposit. To prevent this, spend some time to remove utterly all of your own items out of the house in advance of departure.

Snap Photos of Everything

Moving tip take picturesAlmost all landlords are excellent private property owners simply flipping their properties into a advantageous sort of revenue. But a few may be attempting to find any way to pull extra money away from renters.

On these rare cases, property owners have been recognized to claim problems which were never there as well as cause and photograph the damage themselves after a tenant leaves. All purely to take some or their whole security deposit. Therefore, like a renting master, your best bet is to snap pictures of your own right before you hand over the keys.

And so, on your very last day once the property is totally bare, take a full photo-snapping tour of the property. Incorporating either side of every door along with the insides of closets plus cabinets. Make it clear that the property was in exceptional order as you left in the event that any type of issues surface in the future concerning 'damage' you did not bring about.

Hand Over the Key Successfully

Some property owners are very picky concerning giving back the keys, and some aren't. Particularly if you mistakenly take a key away with you when you go.

Property owners who are particular about keys can also be prepared to charge you for a new key or even for the expense of changing the locks. This is a pointless reason to lose a portion of your security deposit, so don't forget to hand the key back the way the landlord desires.

Give a Forwarding Address

Finally, it is important to provide your property owner a forwarding address. This is usually the standard means they will get hold of you to send the security deposit and their listing of issues if and when they actually do somehow find something wrong with the residence or apartment you recently moved out of.

So always, always, always give your property manager a forwarding address so that you can get your deposit and take care of any documents in case they try to pull a trick to keep some of your cash.


Almost all landlords really are extremely sensible, fine people who wish to give your security deposit back in full. Making use of these tips, you will be able to move out of your rental leaving it in exceptional condition, and you should notice that deposit comfortably back in your pocket in no time. Not to mention, if the property owner does try a little bit of shenanigans, then you already know that the house was in great condition and can contest effectively by using pics to demonstrate it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we've assisted clients with utterly all kinds of moves in Dallas, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our over 40 years in business, we've learned more than a few strategies and key tricks for reducing the hassle of this exhausting and time-consuming moving process. For more great tips to move like a pro, contact us right away!


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