3 Easy Ways to Protect Your Security Deposit

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Change can be a good thing, even if it means moving out of the rental you’ve been calling home. There are many things you need to do as you prepare to move out. That’s when you remember the light at the end of the tunnel: you can get your security deposit back! Be prepared by following these three easy ways to protect your security deposit.

Keep Track of Everything

When you move into your new place, take a moment and take pictures of every room. Pay special attention to any nicks, scrapes, or dents in the walls and floors. Every little defect should be documented. Be diligent. Here are some helpful hints:

  • Take photos of everything
  • Create an inspection checklist or use the one provided by your landlord
  • Keep copies of all lists and photos until deposit has been returned

Don’t Get a Pet

Okay, so Fido and Fluffy don’t have to go. They are a human’s best friend, after all. But another way to protect your security deposit is to be aware that pets make messes. Anxious pets can make cringe-worthy scratches on doors and chew holes in molding. These are things that can jeopardize your security deposit.

Clean, Clean, Clean

The easiest way to protect your security deposit is to keep your rental clean throughout your time living there. By maintaining a level of cleanliness, you’re making it easier for yourself on moving day.

When moving day does arrive, clean as you go. Once a room is clean, leave it and don’t go in until your final walk through.

You don’t need to move and clean alone. Moving Help® Providers know all the tips and tricks to keeping your former rental intact. From protecting your carpet to providing cleaning assistance, Moving Help® Providers can help with more than just loading up a moving truck.

Getting your money back doesn’t need to be difficult if you follow these three easy ways to protect your security deposit. For more moving tips you can follow the Moving Help® Marketplace on Facebook and Twitter.