As a West Allis renter, it is a good idea to plan to get your security deposit back. Planning a decent property maintenance system is a good way to secure this. Property repairs are among the top reasons landlords withhold security deposit funds in the first place. So it follows that you need to minimize the number of potential repairs your landlord has to do after you have moved out. There are several habits you can cultivate as a renter that will help ensure that you leave the property in good enough condition that will ensure you get your security deposit refunded in full.
1. Decorate Without Holes
One thing you have to plan ahead of time is how you will decorate your rental home. Avoid making a lot of holes in the walls or other permanent changes to the property if you do not want expensive repairs after moving out, which you will be responsible for. Non-marking, removable fasteners are great alternatives to nails or screws for hanging up your decor items. These hooks are capable of supporting varying weights and sizes and can easily be removed without damaging the wall.
You can also use coasters or pads for your table legs, couches, and other heavy items to protect your floors when moving furniture. It can be very costly to repair damaged floors. When you plan and have the right supplies on hand, you can avoid gouging or scraping floors or tearing carpets when you rearrange your furniture.
2. Regular Deep Cleaning
You can also improve the likelihood of getting your security deposit back if you regularly clean your rental home. The longer you plan on staying in the home, the more you will need to have a cleaning regimen. In addition to surface cleaning for removing most of the grime, regular deep cleanings are a necessity if you plan to stay for more than a couple of months in your rental home. Deep cleaning should include scrubbing grout, wiping down kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans, cleaning appliances (fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher), and performing basic maintenance on appliances. You should also clear hair from drains, change light bulbs, dust blinds, and ceiling fans. You can keep your deposit intact by keeping your rental home clean and avoid having funds taken out for easily avoidable repairs.
3. Minimize Damage
If you have kids or pets living with you, you should minimize any possible damage they may cause. Children and pets can often be hard on a home’s painted walls and other surfaces, so it is prudent to take extra precautions. Arranging furniture against the walls can help protect them from scrapes, scratches, and stains. Use rugs around your house to protect floors as well as provide a soft place for your little ones to enjoy. Designating certain areas to be off-limits to pets or playtime can help ensure that any damage to walls or floors is confined to fewer areas of the house. Make sure quality cleaning materials like magic erasers are on hand to remove scuffs and rogue scribbles.
4. Report Maintenance Issues
Finally, you should alert your landlord when you start noticing maintenance issues in the home. But this is actually a good habit to develop. The earlier your landlord knows about these maintenance issues, the earlier they can address them. These maintenance works or minor repairs can save you from major repairs later on. Also, any damage noted after you move out becomes your responsibility, but things your landlord fixes while you are still living in the home are typically paid for by the landlord. When you report maintenance issues as they arise, you can increase your chances of getting your entire security deposit back after moving out.
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