Tips For Getting The Most Back On Your Security Deposit

Whether you've been in your Lake of the Ozarks rental for years or just a few months, when it comes time to move, you'll want to make sure you've done your part to ensure you get the most back from your initial security deposit. It's important to take care of your rental during the duration of your stay, but a lot can happen between the time you move in and the time you leave. While it's up to the owners of the rental units to decide if or how much of your deposit you get back, Keys to the Lake has a few tips on how to get the most back on your deposit when you move out of your rental at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Take all nails and screws out of the walls and ceiling and putty them smoothly.
Dust the ceiling fixtures.
Dust all ledges.
Clean the windows.
Clean the door knobs and doors.
Clean all light switches and outlets.
Replace all burned out light bulbs throughout the entire property.
Clean the walls and baseboards.
Vacuum (get any stains out of the carpet, or get the carpet professionally cleaned).
Get rid of all cobwebs.

Get soap scum off the bathroom tiles and tub/shower and bleach the grout.
Clean out the bathroom drawers and vanity, making sure you get all the hair out (and remove any liners).
Clean the toilet (bowl and exterior), sink, counter top and finally the floor (sweep and mop). If the toilet seat is unsavory looking, replace it.
Clean the mirror.
Vacuum out the surface of the exhaust fan if super dusty.

Clean out all cabinets and liners.
Wash the front of the cabinets.
Clean and disinfect all counter tops.
Clean and shine up the sink and faucet.
Scrub the refrigerator inside and out. Remove all shelves and clean separately if necessary.
Scrub the oven inside and out. Remove shelving, drip pans and burners and clean separately if necessary.
Clean out the dishwasher if you have one.
Clean exhaust fan if needed.
Remove all appliances and sweep behind them.

Bedrooms/Living Room:
Dust, sweep, vacuum and mop these empty rooms.

Should be completely empty and swept.

Cut the grass.
Pull the weeds.
Remove all of your stuff that might be stuck in the ground or hanging in trees.

Your security deposit can be just as much as your rent, so when it comes time to leave your Lake of the Ozarks rental, you'll want to spend a little extra time and work to make sure it's refunded to you. The first step in doing that is ensuring you leave your rental is spotless. Keys to the Lake is here for you every step of the way when you are looking for short-term or long-term rentals and the Lake of the Ozarks from finding you the perfect unit to being there for you when it's time to leave. When it comes time to buy a home at the Lake of Ozarks, our team of real estate agents can help you as well! To learn more about our services, call us at 573-964-5397.

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