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Moving Out Checklist: How to Get Your Security Deposit Back

A man with moving boxes and a moving truckIf you are renting an apartment or home, you likely have to put down a deposit to cover any of the damaged incurred at the home. When the landlord notices damage to the apartment or home, they will deduct from the deposit. Additionally, if the rental isn’t cleaned to their standard, money will also be deducted from the deposit.

In order to get all of your deposit back, it is essential to thoroughly clean your apartment and make any necessary repairs. Read below for a complete moving out checklist!

A Helpful Repair and Moving Out Cleaning Checklist

Address Every Room

One common mistake when cleaning your home before moving out is to spend a lot of time on one area, and not focus on the other. Unfortunately, even if you scrub the living room sparkly clean, if you don’t take care of the kitchen, you will be charged a lot of money.

Don’t Forget About the Appliances

Another area people commonly forget about when cleaning their apartment is the appliances. It’s amazing how dirty your appliances can get after the year of use.

  • Microwave: To clean the microwave, place a bowl filled up with water inside of your microwave. Heat up the water inside of the microwave for 5 minutes and then leave the bowl inside of the microwave for another 5. This will allow the steam from the water to loosen any of the grime caked on the inside of the microwave. Remove the bowl and wipe the inside of the microwave clean using a cloth. If your microwave also needs deodorized, cut up a lemon and place it inside of the water when heating it up.
  • Refrigerator: To clean the inside of the refrigerator, remove the fridge drawers and let them soak in a solution of warm water and soap. Scrub the inside of the fridge with a solution of warm water and dishwashing soap. If there are any stubborn stains that are difficult to remove, scrub them with baking soda.

Fill Any Wall Holes

If you used nails to hang pictures, decorations, shelves and more in your apartment, you are responsible for filling the holes left in the walls. Once all of your wall decorations have been removed, carefully fill each hole so it blends in with the wall.

Scrub the Floors

Another area that is commonly forgotten about are the floors. Before leaving your home for the last time, vacuum and sweep all of the floors. If the carpet is stained in any area, make sure you use a carpet cleaner to remove the stain. While the landlord will likely replace the carpet every few years, it is still essential that it is cleaned.

Let a Storage Unit Help with Your Move!

One thing that can help to make moving that much easier is to rent a storage unit. Moving day is a lot of work. On this day, you have to get all of your items from your old house into the moving truck and then into your new home. Instead of moving all of your items on one day, when you rent a storage unit, you’re able to move boxes filled with items you will not need for a few months into a secure location close to your home. This can help to minimize stress on your moving day.

Store Here has storage facilities all throughout the United States, including in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Reserve your storage unit today!

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