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 almost everyone is experienced with. The majority of us, when 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 may be used as a down payment on your new place, to replenish your used up savings account, or to pay for home furnishings as well as items you would like soon after moving. So to get that deposit back, you will want the property manager to have no reasons in order to make deductions.

Presently, that is exactly what we are here to talk about. In order to get 100% of the security deposit returned when you move in Atlanta this time around, here's the routine which performs for each knowledgeable renter.

Clear Areas While Packing

It's a widespread misconception that one can only begin fixing up a dwelling once all your stuff is moved out. Yet this is the way you wind up driving yourself up to the deadline with no time to thoroughly clean or do fixes. You need to get rolling once you start packing.

Start with less used rooms and areas like the extra bedroom or maybe your closet. As you pack, completely clear each space, stacking all your boxes in the corner or maybe a portion of the living room. The more you get packed, the more of your home is generally empty and thus effortless to look over. This is actually the easiest way to ensure you notice all issues when you still have time to deal with them.

Examine Everywhere for Indications 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 minimal things that your eyes merely don't give attention to that your property manager might zero in on like a bloodhound. Scratches on the wall, spots on the carpet, nail holes, and also wobbly fixtures may possibly end up being deductions on your security deposit in case your landlord locates and pays to repair 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 leave the residence better than you found it to make sure there's nothing that will reduce your security deposit when you move out.

Take an inventory of the stuff you notice as well as the supplies you'll need to accomplish fixes.

Plug Nail Holes and Minor Repairs

Following, carry out the repairs. 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 fixes as well. The great thing is that one can order inexpensive repair kits for almost anything on the internet. From scuff marks in a wood floors to squeaky cabinet doors. Oh, and consider renting a steam cleaner for a day to spruce up the floor coverings. If there's any spots that are notably stubborn, try a baking soda solution and making use of a nail brush in circles on the blemish or sticky area.

Move Pieces of Furniture utilizing Foot Pads and Blankets

While moving your 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, should you not totally lift the pieces of furniture, you must keep flooring protected from scuff marks and scratches.

Thankfully, this answer is uncomplicated: Blankets and also foot pads. Pertaining to household furniture that you're planning to push part of the way, make sure it has felt foot pads stuck on or, in a pinch, wash cloths secured with rubber bands around the feet. Concerning edges and also door frames, all you have to do is encapsulate the edges of the furniture in bath towels or perhaps blankets to prevent a scrape.

Do not Leave Things Behind in Atlanta

Deserted property is one of the more common factors behind security deposit disputes. Never leave a pile of items that did not 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 charges for clearing it out.

Although they could possibly toss or donate the items, most likely the landlord will pay a garbage service to come get 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 flipping their investments into a nice kind of revenue. However a few really are trying to find any manner to squeeze additional cash out of tenants.

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

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

Hand Over the Key Successfully

A number of landlords are particularly fussy concerning handing back the keys, and some aren't. Especially if you accidentally take a key away with you when you go.

Landlords that happen to be fussy regarding keys can also be inclined to bill you for a new key or even for the price of changing the locks. This would be a pointless reason to lose some of your security deposit, therefore don't forget to hand the key over precisely 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 out of.

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


The majority of landlords usually are totally sensible, nice folks that wish to give your security deposit back in full. Making use of these techniques, you'll be able to move from your rental leaving it in excellent condition, and you should notice that deposit perfectly back in your pocket in no time. And additionally, if the property owner does try a few shenanigans, then you already know that the house was in terrific order and can challenge easily utilizing pics to demonstrate it.

Here At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we have assisted clients with absolutely all types of moves in Atlanta, from local to long-distance to international residential moving. And in our over 40 years in business, we've mastered more than a few strategies and secret tips for decreasing the stress of this strenuous and time-consuming moving process. For more great tips to move like a pro, contact us today!


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