Life likes to throw curveballs. Whether it’s with a new job, relocation, a new family, or a new home, life’s adventures never cease. But as we move about and interact with brand new places and brand new faces, we must remember that there’s a fine print to everything. Details we tend to overlook include the deposit terms of a rented space. Depending on where you are and what your plans are, renting may be a decent option, especially for newer or smaller families.
But we have to be wary of what the property owners or property managers deem a billable infringement on the “original aesthetics” of the home. If you’re trying to avoid having to hand over your hard-earned cash, here’s how you can get that deposit back upon moving out.
The first thing you should do is make sure the place is spotless when you leave. Don’t give them an inch to say you made a mess. Don’t let the managers have their field day with overpriced cleaning services.
Take that into your own hands and have it professionally cleaned. If it’s a significant deposit, you’re going to want to hire the best end of tenancy cleaners London has to offer. That’s a no-brainer. Spend a bit more on someone excellent. You’ll be able to keep the rest of your deposit instead of letting someone else dictate how much they should pay, using your money. You can always try to clean up yourself, but the reality is you’ll be so tired from the move that you’ll barely have any energy to get a good, deep clean in.
Plus, professionals know how to get rid of deep stains. You know, the ones you covered up, hoping you wouldn’t have to face it any time soon.
Handle Minor Repairs
When you rent a place, you’re getting it “as is”. That means whatever cracks and imperfections are there before you sign the lease most likely going to stay there. But that’s a function of the owners or property managers not wanting to shell out any more cash. That’s fine. Business is business. But if you notice that these repairs are fairly inexpensive or easy to get done. Why not do it yourself?
Why not take it upon yourself early to get the things fixed, as this shows the property managers that you cared for the place. You’re not leaving a whirlwind of trash and plastic bags all over the floor. You’re leaving it better than it was when you first walked in. That kind of attention and thought is a great way to get your deposit back. They’ll be compelled to give it back. To not give it back would be a tad rude after all the repairs.
Pay Off Everything
Make sure you pay off everything. Make sure you pay off the utilities that you owe. Make sure you pay off the remainder of the rent. Just make sure that there is no doubt or wiggle room for anyone to say you owe any sort of money. Once you do that, there’s no reason for them to keep your deposit.
More often than not, people who are in the middle of relocating forget the small stuff. They forget they have to pay for the internet. They forget that they owe a few pounds here and there on the place. Stay on top of it, keep records, and there is no doubt that you will be entitled to get your deposit back.
Give The Keys Back
It may seem like a small thing, but if you remember to give the keys back, landlords will greatly appreciate it. No matter what kind of combative head-butting you may have had with the landlord, that gesture means something. It means you care enough not to waste their time. The fact that they won’t have to go out of their way to get keys duplicated or have a locksmith make a double generally buys favors with landlords. All it takes is remembering to do it.
So what if you forget to pay off smaller bills? What if you don’t return the keys? Well, you best believe that they’ll find a way to charge you way more than necessary for the service. It’s always about 3 times more than it should be and is written out in the lease.
Of course, when we sign it we don’t think we’d forget to give the keys back. We ignore it more often than not, people forget to give back keys. Don’t be that person, get your deposit back.