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Are you currently planning to relocate from your apartment? Congratulations! Now that you’re moving, you may be wondering about your security deposit. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed finding the best ways to leave your apartment in good condition to get your security deposit back, read our tips from our residential movers.

Review Lease Agreement

A good step to making sure your apartment is ready for moving out is to review your lease agreement. The lease agreement will tell you how much notice you need to give your landlord and the terms & conditions to get your security deposit back.

Give Landlord Proper Notice

Give your landlord plenty of proper notice that you are moving out to have a better chance of getting your security deposit back. The more notice you give, the more your landlord will appreciate it and assist you with last-minute move-out details. Without giving your landlord proper notice, you may have to pay an extra month of rent.

Have a Walkthrough with Landlord

Ask your landlord for a walkthrough the month before moving day, so that you can take note of things to pay attention to. Make sure if you took inventory or documented pictures of previous damages to the apartment, to show your landlord during the apartment inspection.

Repair Damages

Spend the last month before moving day repairing any damages to the apartment. The more damages you repair ahead of time, the more likely you will receive your security deposit. Patch up any holes in the wall with putty or paint walls to their original color. Our full-service movers and packers recommend hiring a professional plumber or professional handyman to repair larger damages to the apartment.

Clean Apartment Thoroughly

Clean your apartment thoroughly as possible. Just sweeping the floor will not be sufficient. Our local movers highly suggest wiping down all surfaces, vacuuming and mopping the floors, wiping down glass windows, scrubbing down toilets, sinks, and showers, and cleaning the inside of the fridge and freezer. The cleaner your pace appears, the more likely you will receive your security deposit.

Conduct Final Inspection

Conduct a final inspection to double-check everything is working properly. Not only will this help determine any remaining items but will ensure that your landlord is satisfied with your apartment.

Return Keys to Landlord

Do not forget to return the keys to your landlord. If you have misplaced keys, alert your landlord immediately. Contact your landlord to know what preferred method of receiving the keys back. It can differ by mail or in-person depending on the landlord.

When you return the keys, give specific details where and how to receive the security deposit. If your landlord mentions using some of the deposit to pay for damages, inquire for a list of damages and deductions.  

Need Help Moving? Schedule a Move Today!

Now that you know how to leave your apartment in good condition to get your security deposit back, enlist the professional moving services at our veteran-owned moving company. Our national movers and packers can assist with all your packing, moving, and storage services.

Schedule an upcoming move by contacting or calling our national movers and packers at (800) 479 -7904 to assist with all your relocation needs. 

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