Renting has its advantages and its disadvantages compared to owning. However, knowing how to keep your apartment in great, clean, shape is ideal for getting along with landlords, and potentially getting your security deposit back upon move out. Here are a few excellent tips you can follow.
1.) Remove Your Shoes Please
One of the most common reasons behind a landlord keeping a former resident’s security deposit is damage to carpet. However, by practicing extra caution in a few simple ways, residents can avoid this situation altogether. The easiest way for carpet to become damaged or dirty beyond repair is simply by tracking in dirt and debris from outdoors. In order to avoid this, live by a few simple rules during your time renting. First of all, take off your shoes at the door, and have guests do the same. This will reduce the dirt and stains on your carpet and prolong the life of the carpet. If you must, invest in a few doormats or a shoe rack and place it right outside or near your door. Sometimes a friendly sign reminding guests and family members to kindly remove their shoes can also be helpful. In addition to not allowing shoes to be worn indoors, other preventative steps you might take to preserve the carpet include wiping off pet’s feet before letting them back indoors, vacuuming on a regular basis, and not allowing food, drink, or other items that can be spilled onto carpeted areas. Shampooing carpets a few times a year can also help keep it in good condition.
2.) Arrange Furniture Away From Walls
Another way to stay on your landlord’s good side and keep your security deposit upon move out is to arrange all furniture at least 6 inches away from the walls in your rental property during your stay. Not only will this reduce the number of smudges, stains, and scrapes from things getting bumped into the wall, it will also make it much easier to clean and dust on a regular basis, so dirt, dust, and other debris don’t collect in nooks and crannies behind furniture.
3.) No Smoking
One of the hardest odors to remove from a rental property is smoke. There’s nothing worse than moving into a new place that smells like an ashtray. So do yourself, your landlord, cleaners, and future residents a favor, and keep smoking outdoors. Don’t allow family members or guests to smoke inside your apartment or home. Not only is the foul odor of smoke extremely difficult to remove, it can also be costly since many things like carpets or blinds will need to be replaced. Cigarette smoke also causes walls, blinds, and wood paneling, etc. to stain, meaning more work for whoever is in charge of turning your apartment or home upon move out, and more money taken from that security deposit you were hoping to get back.
4.) Keep It To A Bare Minimum
While it can be exciting to decorate our residence to make it feel more homey, try to keep in mind that when renting, you should try to keep all decorating to a bare minimum. Be sure to look over your lease so that you know what is allowed and what is not. Drilling or nailing lots of holes in the wall, painting the walls, digging up the yard for a small garden, and/or sticking adhesive backings to hang picture frames and other wall decor all might seem like a good idea at the time, but keep in mind that eventually you will be responsible for any repairs that need to be made due to how you choose to decorate or live. You can also try to avoid having to pay for damages upon move out by refilling holes with a bit of white toothpaste or spackling, and retouching up the paint. Try to avoid using heavy nails, screws, or brackets that might damage the wall, and stay away from sticky adhesive tapes and putties that seem like they might be hard to remove later.
5.) Clean Regularly and Keep Up On Maintenance
One more important tip for keeping a rental property in perfect shape is to clean regularly and keep up on any maintenance issues during your stay. This involves making sure that you deep clean things like the stove, refrigerator, cabinets, and dishwasher on a regular basis, as well as toilets, bathtubs, sinks, floors and windows. Always report any maintenance issues immediately so that everything stays in proper working condition. This might include making sure that locks and appliances work properly, eliminating pests like insects or rodents, scheduling a carpet clean or touch up paint, re-caulking, or other repair requests, and reporting any structural damages, or things like mold, mildew, and hazards to management as soon as you notice them. Hopefully with a bit of luck, and the above tips, moving out will be a lot easier, and might even save you some money in the end.