When it comes time to move out of your rental, little charges can add up quickly, especially items you can fix/clean yourself. Here are some tips from our inspector to help you keep some change in your pocket.
Maintain your Light Bulbs and Smoke Detectors
To save money on your move out, don't forget to replace any light bulbs or batteries in smoke detectors. That’s money coming out of your deposit that could be going back into your pockets. Double check your outlet covers for damage as well.
The best way to get a sample for your paint is to grab a piece from behind your outlet covers and take it to your local hardware store so they can test the sample. Make sure it's anywhere from the size of a dime to a quarter. Use this extra paint to cover up small spots, keep it to a minimum. Once you begin, paint a test spot to make sure it matches. It not only has to match in color and texture, but finish as well. Leave the large spots that require repairs, such as texturing, to the landlords.
Sinks, Drains, and Garbage Disposals
Don't leave any utensils or plastic items in your sink. They can become lodged in the garbage disposal. Bones and solid foods can cause blockage as well. Check under your sink regularly for leaks. Water drops over time can be the source of rot and mildew, causing damage to the cabinets housing your pipes.
Regularly Clean Your Appliances
Dishwashers aren't meant to clean the leftover food off your plate. Food left in the dishwasher can clog the filter on the bottom, flooding your dishwasher and possibly damaging the motor. Make sure to check the vents on your microwave and inside as well. Grease can accumulate underneath. Wipe down your fridge shelves to prevent food and juice build up. Don’t forget to clean behind the stove and under the elements (coils) if you have any! You’d be surprised at all the dried food left underneath.
Save yourself money in the long run by routinely replacing small electrical items, such as light bulbs, and maintaining your appliances!