If you’re in a rented property, you’ve no doubt paid a fair amount in terms of a tenancy deposit. There’s also no doubt that you probably want as much money back from it as possible.
There are lots of things you can do to ensure you’ve given yourself the best chance possible to get it back, and here are some tips for doing just that.
Take photos of everything before you move your stuff in
It’s such a good idea to take photos of any imperfections of the place before you move all your stuff in, so that you’ve got them as your proof. Adjust your settings on your camera so that it will include a time and date on the photos if possible, too. Keep them safe and send them to your landlord, also.
Ensure you agree with the landlord’s idea of the condition the place is in
Your landlord or letting agent will take you around the property to show you any issues before you move in. Assure that you agree with their remarks, and that you point out any that they may have missed as well. Search for letting agents with great trustpilot score such as london2let.com to ensure they will take their time and be really thorough.
Get rid of any marks or scuffs on the walls as best as possible
Marks on the walls will sometimes be inevitable in terms of general wear and tear, so check the landlord’s idea on what will class as ‘wear and tear’ and what you’ll be charged for. There are even guides online for cleaning walls to help you out.
Give the carpet a clean
Likewise, the carpet is another element of the rental property that the landlord will heavily evaluate and will hit you with charges. Check out this guide of ‘emergency’ tips and tricks for removing carpet stains.
Put everything back where you found it
This one sounds a little obvious, but some people do forget to do it, and some of the more stingy landlords may even charge you for not putting things like sofas back whether there was when you moved in. Therefore, just to be on the safe side, it’s a good idea to just put everything back where it was.
Make any repairs you can do yourself
If there any minor issues such as door handles that are hanging off, for example, it’s a good idea to fix them yourself if you can to reduce the risk of getting charged for them. You could also ask family or friends for help with jobs like this, too.
Check you’ve done everything that was asked of you in the move-out documents
You’ll be given a list of things you’ll be expected to do by your landlord or letting agent before you move out, including what you’ll need to clean and what you’ll need to remove from the property, for example. Ensure you study this document thoroughly and follow the instructions down to the last detail.