If you’re like most tenants, when it’s time to move you’re going be worried about getting your deposit back from the landlord. By being organized and implementing certain strategies, you can be confident that you’ll prevail in any dispute over your deposit. Get Your Move On spoke with a premier maid service to provide you with what you need to know to make sure you leave your place clean. Here are some tips from to ensure your landlord has no cause to keep your deposit:
Start At The Beginning
The smartest thing you can do to ensure the apartment or house you’re leaving is spotless when you move out is to make a point of keeping it clean from the start. To set this up, line your drawers and cupboards, place runners and throw rugs over high-traffic areas, and remove all carpet stains as they happen. This is what is called “defensive cleaning” and it can save you a lot of time and effort when you move out. If you didn’t start out this way when you first moved into your current place, no worries; you still have time to get organized before moving day. But, don’t forget to do some pre-cleaning at your new place.
Clean While Packing Up
While packing up your closet, take the time to clean as you go. There is no better time than now that to use a damp cloth to clear out the cobwebs, dust the shelves and wipe out the drawers. Although you’ll want to give everything a good going over right before the landlord’s inspection, at least you will have done the hard labor well ahead of time.
Vinegar Works Wonders
It goes without saying that a spotlessly clean shower door or mirror looks a lot better than one with water spots or scum. The same goes for stained toilet bowls and sinks. None of these will help you recover your deposit. Fortunately, it won’t take a lot of work to get them shiny and clean. Just pour some vinegar on problem areas and wait 30 minutes, then use a little elbow grease and a scrub brush on stubborn areas before rinsing with water. You can also use baking soda to clean rust stains, lemons in your garbage disposal to get it clean and odor free, and floor wax on hardwood floors to really make things shine. All this will create a great impression when your landlord comes to do his or her walk-through.
Don’t Forget the Little Things
Often times, it’s the littlest of things that make all the difference when it comes time to deciding whether to refund a deposit. Don’t forget to fill in any holes you put in the walls with putty, wipe the baseboards in every room, shine the doorknobs, remove the cobwebs that have collected on ceilings and in corners, and make sure you’ve cleaned the refrigerator inside and out. When dirt and grime builds up over a period of time the whole place can give off an unclean vibe.
Take Care of the Outside
Your landlord will get his or her first impression as they approach the front door, so make sure the outside looks as good as possible on inspection day. Clean your windows to a shine, sweep the front porch, trim the bushes and mow the lawn. Before you call it quits, walk out to the street and turn around to look at your place like the landlord will. If you see any dirty areas, trash cans that need taken in for instance, take care of all of this ahead of time. The last thing you want is for him or her to trip over the hose!
If you can leave your rental in better shape than it was when you moved in, you’re sure to get your deposit refunded. By following these tips, you should have no trouble getting all your money back!
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