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How Decorating Can Affect Your Security Deposit

Chula Vista Renter Hanging ArtworkWhether you own or rent your Chula Vista home, we all like to feel comfy in our living space. For many, this encompasses adding decorative elements that really help to personalize a home. But take note, as a renter, your decorating can have a major effect on how much of your security deposit you can reclaim. The majority of leases contain a clear list of what forms of changes you, the tenant, can make and what you would need permission from your landlord to do.

But on the other hand, if things aren’t exactly apparent or clearly written down, you may get confused specifically where the line is between what’s allowed and what isn’t. And if you aren’t confidently sure about which is which, you may unexpectedly do something that might mean getting less of your security deposit back than you want. Let’s check out certain 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 is logical why this is such a regular and common issue. Changing the paint color is one of the most uncomplicated means to personalize a room or the entire home. Although your lease may not specifically state that you can paint your rental house, make certain to verify with your landlord first.

Lots 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 essential to be aware 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 changed the wall colors and don’t put it back before you go.

Wall Damage

Another major reason renters don’t gain their entire security deposit back is holes (or other damage) in the walls. In the event that you decorate your home, you may not be mindful of how your landlord will actually react to the damage left after putting up framed artwork, mounted televisions, or other wall-mounted décor items. Even a small number of nail holes in a wall can give rise to a security deposit deduction, and the cost of repairs goes up the bigger the holes that are left behind.

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

Floor Damage

One final note, look out to protect your floors as you decorate. Heavy furniture and other parts can gouge, scrape, and otherwise damage floorings like wood or laminate, and crack or break the tile. If you have large stuff you need to keep in your home, have an individual help you move them, and include protective material, like a blanket or moving pad, underneath to keep floor damage to a minimum. If you have the tendency to move your furniture around as often as you like, look into acquiring some felt padding for the bottom of your furniture to make rearranging your décor easier and not as likely to cause damage.

Disregarding how you decorate your rental home, it’s significant to handle it with a way of thinking that, sooner or later, you will indeed be moving out. And really, when 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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