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How to Get a Security Deposit Back After Moving Out of An Apartment or House Rental

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November 5, 2019

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5 min

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When you rent a house or apartment, you likely had to put a deposit down before you moved in. This deposit can help to cover any damage to the apartment while you were living there. But, when you move out, if your apartment is clean and free from damage you may get the full amount back. Are you interested in learning the top tips for cleaning to get your deposit back? Read below!

Moving Out Cleaning Checklist

1. Read Your Lease

Before moving out, read over your lease provided by your landlord. Your lease will provide clear instructions on what is expected for you with cleaning your apartment. It will also let you know if there are any last steps you must take before turning over your keys.

2. Focus on Each Room

One common mistake people make when moving out of their home is to only clean and organize certain rooms in the house. For example, if the kitchen and living room are more dirty than other rooms, someone may spend more time on these rooms and neglect others. This is a huge mistake, because if there are stains on the carpet in the bedroom or dining room, you will still lose money. While it’s okay to focus more energy on the rooms that really need it, do not forget to also care for other rooms.

3. Scrub All Appliances

Another item people will commonly leave until last minute or forget about is the appliances. Before leaving your apartment for the last time, make sure you spend time scrubbing your refrigerator, microwave and oven. Whenever you move out of your apartment, your appliances should be completely clean.

4. Schedule a Mock Walk-Through with Your Landlord

If you really want to get your deposit fully back, schedule a mock walk-through with your landlord. This gives your landlord the opportunity to point out any damage or issues you may not have seen or known about before you later get billed.

Let a Storage Unit Rental Make Your Move Easier!

It is very difficult to clean your apartment to move out when you still have all of your belongings in your apartment. From attempting to vacuum underneath large pieces of furniture, to having to clean around boxes, it’s impossible to get your home as clean as you want it to be if you’re having to clean around items. Instead, during the months leading up to your move, put your packed-up boxes and items into a storage unit.

ezStorage has storage facilities all throughout Baltimore, MD, Columbia, MD, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. Our storage facilities offer a variety of sizes of storage units for rent, including the 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage unit. Reserve a storage unit today!

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