Tricks of the Trade: Get that Security Deposit back!

December 16, 2009
By Bobby

I messed up big time when I moved out of my first apartment. I pretty much figured that I’d just leave what I didn’t want any more inside and not clean I thing. I thought it was the complexes job, and they were going to clean it anyway right?  Wrong. Dead. Wrong. $756 bucks  later I was defiantly regretting. I know this might be a common sense thing to some, but I never had anyone to  really explain things like this to me.  Also, let me include that that was $756 on top of the $350 security deposit. Each bag of garbage they removed from the apartment was $75 a piece. Each damaged wall (any leftover nails or excess holes) was $100.  Well, I learned and happened to pick up a few easy ways to get my full deposit back!

  • Remove everything! Not even one push-pin in any wall!
  • Get a small tub of drywall putty (about $5) and wipe a small dab on any holes in the walls.
  • Vacuum about 6 times.
  • Double check all the fire alarms! Replace the batteries! I had to do this because those things would start screeching over one piece of toast.  (Also, I’m not the best cook.)
  • Get a half gallon of Kilz Primer (found for under $10) and touch up any dirty pr scuffed walls.
  • Use a heavy duty cleaner (Clorox, Lysol, ex…) and wipe out ever sink and cabinet.

It may seem like a lot, but as long as you get all your supplies ahead of time it’s a piece of cake! Crumb cake.

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