Leaving your apartment empty is a crucial step in getting your security deposit back, do you know the best way to do it?
Moving into a new place can be so liberating as you are starting a new chapter in your life. While there may be some aspects to your place you’ll be happy you’re leaving behind, your security deposit is not among those things. You may think you’ve left the place in as good condition as it was when you first moved in, but even then, your landlord may find some damage that’s beyond the normal wear and tear. With the following life hacks you’ll know exactly what to do when it comes to leaving your place neat and tidy and getting your security deposit back.
- Buff away scuff marks on the floor. Get a tennis ball and make a slit with a knife or scissors. Insert the bottom end of the broom in the hole and buff the scuffs. It’s going to take some precious elbow grease, but it’ll get the job done.
- Repair holes in the wall. You’ll probably have a few of these bad boys, especially if you mounted a flat-screen on your wall. You can use caulk or spackle to fill the holes, and use sandpaper to smooth it out.
- Clean carpet stains. For light stains, gently run the stain with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of salt dissolved in ½ cup of white vinegar. Let the solution dry before vacuuming. For darker stains, add 2 tablespoons of borax to the mixture.
If you follow this life hack, your apartment should be so spotless your landlord will have no choice but to return your security deposit. For more information or help on how to pay off your mortgage, contact me, Andraya Coulter. I serve the Bay Area and the entire state of California and Texas with quality, suitable home loans!