There is a lot to consider when it comes to moving out of your rental. Whether you have been there for a long time or just a short while, multiple things can determine if you get your security deposit back or not. Always make sure that you take your time to consider all possibilities and sort them out before you officially move out. The issues that your landlord might consider deal-breakers could be as small as a few leftover nails in the wall or as big as broken furniture. With some cleaning hacks, you will be able to relax and have no problem getting all your money back.
Preparing to move out
If you have ever rented a car, you’ll remember that you needed to do an initial inspection of damages so that you do not get charged for them afterward. The same rule should apply to an apartment or house rental. If you have done this before signing a lease for your home, it will make your life a lot easier once you decide to move out.
1. Make sure you clean the oven
Unless you do not come near your stove due to your less-than-enviable cooking skills, the kitchen is the area where you will have the most significant amount of work. You know very well how much damage oil splatters can cause and what a pain they are to clean. Almost everyone will agree that they hate cleaning the oven with a passion. Who can blame them—it is extremely difficult to do, it demands some serious contortionism, and even after you clean it, it still looks dirty.
Procrastinating with this task, though, can create quite a messy situation, and you want to take care of it before you move out. An easy cleaning hack is to make a baking soda paste by mixing it with water and then spread it all over the oven. Leave this overnight and simply wipe it clean in the morning.
2. Don’t overlook the fridge
This is the home of lots of spills, stains, and bacteria. If you empty it and unplug it without cleaning, it will be a nasty sight—and smell. A bowl of baking soda overnight will take care of the smells for you. One of the best cleaning hacks is to use a vinegar solution and spray it all over the refrigerator. All the stains and grease will come off surprisingly easily.
3. The walls will need a lot of love
Your walls can go through substantial damage even if you do not hang any pictures on them. Simple, everyday activities can leave stains and marks on the walls that you will most certainly need to take care of before moving out. To clean stains, use white toothpaste with a paper towel or a rag. If you have removed nails from the walls, fill in the holes with toothpaste as well, or use the traditional nail hole fillers and even out by scraping the excess with a wet knife.
4. Try out these cleaning hacks for the floors
Any lighter shade of carpet will be susceptible to stains. To clean these, use a mix of hydrogen peroxide and some lemon juice. Spray the solution on the stained area and leave for a few minutes. After that, scrub it with a brush. For dark carpets, use a solution of white vinegar and a few drops of dish soap and water. If your hardwood floor has scuffs, use a tennis ball or an eraser and apply a bit of pressure while rubbing the surface. This magic trick will save your security deposit.
5. Give the bathroom a good scrub
You may have noticed some stubborn stains in your bathtub. They usually form from shower and hair products build-up, but also limestone. Most cleaning products will not get rid of them, so why not try a mix of lemon juice and salt? Scrub on the area until it magically disappears.
Moving cross country?
If you are currently renting in the state of Nevada and are planning an interstate move, consider hiring a moving company. After you have finished your thorough cleaning and you got your full safety deposit, these professionals will save you a great deal of trouble and help you transfer from the state to wherever you are moving. Especially if you are relocating for the first time, you will be more than grateful for the assistance of experts. You might get overwhelmed by the amount of planning and organizing that needs to take place. With professional movers, you will rest assured that everything will be arranged for you perfectly.
Additional useful tips and cleaning hacks to keep in mind
It is very easy to overlook details when moving out of your rental. Your landlord might be a lovely, honest person, but they also might be digging for ways to deduct money from your safety deposit.
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You don't have to be psychic to know that the landlord vs. tenant relationship is the subject of many articles you can easily find online. The only thing is: most of them focus their attention on the unwanted, unloyal, or scamming tenants. So, where are all the good ones and why's nobody writing about them? How about doing something in advance for your tenants to make them feel just right? Well, we'll try to make it up to them by posting an article about affordable ways to show appreciation to your tenants. Good tenants are a blessing! Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep them!
A Welcome Gift
Before your tenant/landlord relationship kicks off big time, it's good you show some appreciation in advance. There isn't a better way to do this than by leaving a little welcome present on the kitchen counter or sofa. It's up to you to figure out what kind of present it will be. Try to look for something affordable, yet don't be cheap. It's always like that, right? Let's say that a gift card from your local hardware or home appliance shop is something most tenants will find appealing. Also, make sure to include a welcome note with the gift. You can make this into a tradition. For example, you can do this again once your tenants renew their one-year contract.
Update the place
Let's say you've noticed that the old washing machine is slowly dying. It can still be of some use, but you can clearly see its days are numbered. Don't wait for your new tenants to call you when they have issues with washing their clothes. Replace the old lady before they move in! You should also renovate the place if needed. If you're nice enough to leave a welcome gift, you must act nice on all fronts. That way, your tenants will know you're a one-of-a-kind caring landlord. You can surprise them with your positive attitude!
Share some quality info
Let's say your tenants have some problems relocating to their new address: the cozy apartment you're renting out. There are numerous ways you can help them in this scenario. One of them, of course, is to show them some relocation tips they can use on their moving day. As you've probably experienced relocating at some point in your life, your knowledge might turn out to be very helpful. Tell them how to organize the preparations or how to handle moving-day stress. It's a big plus having a trusty landlord, always ready to help or give a bit of advice!
Remember (write down) your tenants' birthdays
A fun way to show your tenants some attention is to remember their birthdays. Sending a small gift cannot hurt! Even a plain old birthday card will do the trick. If you own a building, we guess it's pretty hard to remember the birthdays of all your tenants. In that case, write them down and set up a reminder. Also, if you want to be a dreamlike landlord (what a combination of words...) you can even track anniversaries or other dates important to your tenants. On the other hand, that might seem a little creepy. Stick to birthdays!
Throw a tenant appreciation party
As we've mentioned in the previous paragraph, you might be the owner or a property manager of a building. In that case, you can throw a cookout event or something similar for all your tenants! Is there a better way to show that you care? That's right - there isn't! Rare are those who would turn down a party invitation.
Never let your tenants wait for a repairIf your tenants call you because of an issue inside your apartment, you should act momentarily. Letting them wait is not something we would recommend. They need to know you're always there! Imagine the scenario: something's wrong with the plumbing, and because of your poor timing, now the living room tragically reminds your tenants of a scene in a movie about a sinking ship (Titanic, anyone?). Even movie buffs would hate that! Not to mention the folks who live downstairs. They'll undoubtedly adore the light brown aquarelle on their ceiling!
Give them a discount
If your tenants are on time every month with payments, it might be time to show them how much you value their responsibility. Give them a discount on the next rent payment. It's a win-win situation! You're happy because they're always on time, they're happy because you gave them a monthly discount! Then you're happy because they're happy, and so on. It's not so hard to picture an idyllic landlord/tenant relationship blooming out of this. Okay, that was probably a bit too much, but you get the point! A discount on rent is one of the best ways to show appreciation to your tenants!
In the article above, we've shared with you affordable ways to show appreciation to your tenants. By following the mentioned tips and tricks (there aren't any tricks, though), you're bound to form a great relationship with your tenant/s. It's never hard to show some extra care, and your tenants (if they behave like normal people, that is) deserve your attention. A nice word, friendly gesture, or a small gift will get the job done!
If you happen to be a rental owner, there's a high chance you've put blood, sweat, and tears into managing the said property. While the investment might have been a smart one initially, perhaps it doesn't ring true today. There are many instances in which you are better off moving on from the property than keeping it in your possession any longer. Unfortunately, knowing just when to say goodbye isn't simple to determine. With that said, you are encouraged to take note of these 7 signs that suggest the time to sell your rental property has come.
1. The value of your rental property has increased
If the value of the property has drastically increased since the time you bought it, that may be a signal it's time to convert it into cash. This approach is especially favored by professional flippers, who purchase properties only to sell them for profit a short time later. While typical flippers don't usually turn to renting, a few of those do stick around long enough to venture into the process - which goes something like this:
2. The property is no longer generating profit
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that a property that doesn't bring revenue isn't one worth keeping. Of course, if you've only recently acquired your asset, perhaps you should stick around for a bit longer. After all, it does take some time for profit to show. However, if you've already been a landlord for a while and you've been in the red for months, it might be wise to sell your rental property. It's better to let go of it now than allow it to drain your savings any further.
If you truly are keen on sticking to real estate investing, though, put your money elsewhere. For example, into another Reno property that's bound to prove more profitable.
3. You are miles away from your rental property
When you live close to your rental, managing it doesn't seem all that complicated. Whenever the property requires your attention, you are just a short drive away.
However, as life is relatively unpredictable, sometimes, we must move away. This challenging time requires us to think about many things: our next living arrangement, the moving process, and last but not least, the property we currently own. As far as hiring movers goes, it's worth noting that reliability is the most important factor to consider. Always opt for a company that has considerable experience moving people across long distances, throughout the entire state of Nevada.
While the relocation process can be reasonably smooth, maintaining your property when you live miles away becomes all that harder. You can no longer be there to tend to issues and must rely on the help of others to make do. Selling is possibly the best choice, but if you wish to keep your asset, by all means, do it. Should that be your final decision, remember to seek out a professional Reno property manager.
4. You no longer wish to be a landlord
The thought of being a landlord doesn't excite you anymore? If you find this to be true, that's a tell-tell sign that you should sell your rental property, or actually, consider selling it.
Perhaps you are just tired of the amount of work that needs to be done around the property. Maybe managing it has occupied so much of your free time, which isn't what you initially signed up for. Or, you've stumbled upon trouble with your tenants. Whatever the case, if real estate investing no longer does it for you, it might be time to leave the game altogether.
5. Your rental property has begun deteriorating
The state of your current asset is such that it requires extensive repairs to become yet again profitable. Investing in a new roof in Reno, for instance, can cost you anywhere between 6,000 and 10,000 dollars. That's about a year's worth of rent down the drain! Instead of spending a fortune on fixing it all up, it's better to sell the rental ''as-is''. This is especially true if you are dealing with a somewhat older property. The potential for something going wrong grows with age, so parting ways sooner rather than later is recommended.
6. You set eyes on another property
New opportunities to invest in something, including properties, arise constantly. Maybe you've recently stumbled upon an asset that you believe could be worth your while. The only problem being that the lack of money is preventing you from acquiring it straight away. However, if you sell your rental property now, you'll have just the amount you need to fund the new investment. But pause for a minute: are you aware of what you're getting yourself into? Is the potential of obtaining higher profits with the new property truly that great? Is it that great that it makes saying goodbye to a rental that's already been bringing you constant cash flow reasonable? Ask yourself these questions before reaching the final verdict.
7. Circumstances surrounding your life have changed
At the time you purchased your investment property, you couldn't have possibly known something in your life would change. While you would want nothing else but to keep your property, certain events could make you question that decision, including:
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