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How Decorating Can Affect Your Security Deposit

Ballard Renter Hanging ArtworkWhether you own or rent your Ballard home, we all hope to feel at ease and comfortable in our living space. For many, this encompasses adding decorative elements that are helpful to personalize a home. Although remember that as a renter, your decorating can have a huge effect on how much of your security deposit you recoup. Quite a lot of leases give a clear description of what sorts of changes you, the tenant, can make and what you would need permission from your landlord to do.

But take note if things aren’t plainly clear, you may be truly lost as to where the line is between what’s allowed and what isn’t. And if you aren’t clear on which is which, you may coincidentally do something that might mean getting less of your security deposit back than you want. Let’s study various common décor items that could cost you – and how to avoid being charged for repairs.

Interior Paint

It’s the number one question renters ask: Can I paint the interior of my rental house? And it makes a lot of sense why this is such a basic concern. Changing the paint color is one of the most effortless techniques to personalize a room or entire home. However, unless your lease absolutely states that you can paint your rental house, make it a point to communicate with your landlord first.

Quite a lot of leases state that you have to return the home to its original condition. Even if it doesn’t mention paint anywhere else within the lease, it’s critical to indicate that this includes the paint color on the walls. Your landlord can legally withhold funds from your security deposit to repaint the house if you’ve modified the wall colors and don’t put it back before you move out.

Wall Damage

Another huge reason renters don’t get their entire security deposit back is holes (or other damage) in the walls. As soon as you decorate your home, you may not be really taking into consideration how your landlord will act in response to the damage left after attaching framed artwork, mounted televisions, or other wall-mounted décor items. Even just a few nail holes in a wall can cause a security deposit deduction, and the cost of repairs goes up the bigger the holes that are left behind.

To keep yourself from losing your deposit, try planning your décor with the end in mind. Use nail-free hangers or abstain from hanging things on the walls at all. Large artwork or televisions can work just as well on an accent table or cabinet and won’t leave wall damage behind.

Floor Damage

All in all, be wary to protect your floors as you decorate. Heavy furniture and other things can gouge, scrape, and otherwise damage floorings like wood or laminate, and crack or break the tile. If you have huge furniture you need to keep in your home, have a person you know help you move them, and lay protective material, like a blanket or moving pad, underneath to keep floor damage to a minimum. If you are likely to move your furniture around often, take into consideration having some felt padding for the bottom of your furniture to make rearranging your décor easier and less likely to cause damage.

No matter how you decorate your rental home, it’s necessary to handle it with a state of mind that, at a certain point, you will presumably be moving out. Anytime that day comes, the less you need to do to restore the home to its original condition, the more likely you will be to get your full security deposit back.


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