One of the biggest problems many people face when their lease runs out and they decide to move, is whether or not they are going to get their security deposit back. This is a very valid concern as most security deposits tend to be a substantial amount of money. To help with you with this, the experts at Republic Movers offer these tips.
1. When You Move In
Ensuring you get your security deposit back starts from the moment you sign the lease. Our Republic movers recommend you take the time to complete a move-in checklist. Note any damages, signs of wear and tear, stains, or anything else that could be construed as damage you are going to be charged for when you move out. Take plenty of pictures and store them safely. Be sure you give your landlord a copy of the list and the photos.
2. When You Move Out
After everything has been packed up and moved out, it’s time to give your old apartment a fresh new look. Deep clean everything, all appliances, windows, walls, cupboards, closets, and steam clean the carpets. Be sure you fill all those small holes left from hanging posters and photographs, then give the place a fresh coat of the original color.
3. Put Your Camera to Good Use
When you are done, and the place looks spiffy, break out the camera and document the condition of the apartment for your records. Make sure you have the date/time stamp turned on (even your cell phone offers this feature) and put together an album of photos showing the condition of the apartment the day you turned in the keys. Be sure your landlord receives a copy of them via email or in person.
4. Know Your Lease
Before you submit your notice to vacate, be sure you go over your lease one more time to make sure you have followed all the rules set out in it regarding moving out. Provided you are moving out at the end of your lease; your only obligation is to let your landlord know and move out. If you have a lease that automatically renews and you just move out, you could be “breaking” your lease and have to forfeit your security deposit, or you may simply have to give a 30-day notice (applies to month-to-month leases as well).
5. You Have Rights Too
As a tenant, you have certain legal rights, based on state and local laws. Be sure you know what they are before you give your notice to vacate. If you can, give your landlord as much notice beyond the required 30 days and in the same letter be sure to mention you are familiar with local and state laws regarding the return of your security deposit.
6. Final Inspection
Ask your landlord to do a final inspection (some prefer to do this without the tenant present). It’s not required, but good landlords will do this and give a list of anything they found wrong along with an estimate for the cost of repairs or a receipt if the work has already been done. When all is said and done, be sure you give the landlord your new address so they can mail you a check for your security deposit.
Republic movers are here to help make your move go as smoothly as possible with expert packers and movers ready to help along with plenty of useful information and tips to ensure you have the best possible chance of getting your security deposit back. For more information, please contact Republic Moving & Storage at (619) 317-0163 and let’s get started today!