When you decide to rent, you will most likely need to put down a chunk of money. Here are five tips for renters to guarantee the return of their full security deposit:
1. Read Your Lease
Your lease should be straightforward, but some may require you to paint, fill holes or even have carpeting and appliances professionally cleaned.
2. Document Everything
Take pictures or video of the entire unit, including imperfections that already existed prior to you signing your lease.
3. Take Precautions
Hang artwork using hooks and place felt underneath the feet to avoid any potential scratches to maintain the condition of your rental.
4. Make Necessary Repairs
Take responsibility for smaller repairs. The landlord will most likely appreciate the small repairs and will be less likely to withhold a deposit.
5. Clean Thoroughly
Dust, vacuum, and disinfect the entire unit. If a deep cleaning is required upon departure, you may qualify for reimbursement.