Updated: Jun 30, 2019
Security deposits can be an area of stress for many people. Most people pay the deposit with the understanding that, when they move out, they’ll be receiving this money back.
However, when the lease expires, many renters find, to their dismay, that they won’t ever see their security deposit again. One of the best ways to make sure that your deposit is returned to you is to use a local cleaning service. Dignity Home Services provides just the right kind of care for those in the Sacramento, California area who want their apartments to impress their landlords so that they can get their money back.
Whether or not you go with a local cleaning service at the end of your tenure, we have provided a few more tips that will help you improve your chances of getting your deposit back.
Read and Understand the Lease
First of all, before you move in you should carefully read your lease. Once you’ve read it, make sure that you understand every section. Many individuals have lost their deposits because they didn’t understand that repairing drywall damage or repainting the apartment violated their lease. The lease should state what the requirements are in order for your security deposit to be refunded.
Document Any Previous Damage
Before you begin moving in, do a walk-through, preferably with the manager. Take pictures of any previous damage. You want to have proof of any existing damage that wasn’t caused by you. Sometimes people lose their deposits because they can’t prove they didn’t cause damage.
Clean Up Quickly
When you, your children, or your pets make a mess, clean it up quickly. Stains are easier to remove when they’re dealt with right away. You can make a really easy carpet stain remover using dish soap, vinegar, and water. Simply combine a quarter cup of white vinegar with one tablespoon of dish soap in a spray bottle. Then, fill the rest with water. Spray the stain until it is drenched, then let it soak for five to ten minutes. When you’re finished, blot the stain… don’t rub it. Pressing into it with a paper towel will draw the contaminant out, while rubbing can spread it around. You can also use pet enzymatic cleaners, as they can also get out most stains. Magic Erasers takes most things off of walls, including grease. Remember, the longer stains sit on carpets and walls, the harder they are to remove.
Ask Before You Fix It
Often, lease contracts will specify what kind of repairs the tenant will be expected to perform. Some will also require the tenant to report all problems to them. However, if your contract doesn’t tell you what you can or can’t do and you want to change your apartment or fix a large drywall hole, e-mail your request to your manager before you do anything. Sending an e-mail is important, because then you can have a written record of their response. If they tell you that you can do it, go for it. However, make sure that you keep the manager’s e-mailed response somewhere safe. Sometimes managers forget what they give people permission to do, so if you can quickly pull out your proof, you’re more likely to get your deposit back.
Leave It Better than You Found It
The manager’s initial impression when they walk into your apartment after you’ve vacated goes a long way toward determining whether or not you get your deposit back. If they can tell that you put in effort, they are more likely to be kindly disposed toward you. Don’t leave trash, clogged sink drains, or any other items. Try and leave your apartment better than you found it and you might receive your deposit back a lot sooner than you were expecting.