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Getting back your deposit back after moving is something most of us look forward to. For most, it’s like “found money” and can be quite useful to balance out moving costs. Here are 7 things to do before moving out which helps ensure your deposit check is in the mail from apartmenttherapy.com:

1) Patch up holes. Once you’ve taken your artwork down, remove nails and screws and patch with spackling paste. Don’t forget to sand each spot for a smooth wall that your landlord can easily paint over.

2) Repaint. This all depends on your landlord, the lease and what both parties agreed to when you first moved in. But if you weren’t supposed to paint or you agreed to repaint when you moved out, unfortunately you’ll have to tackle this big chore. We like to have “painting parties” and get friends involved or hire day laborers for a budget friendly option.

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3) Clean out the oven and fridge. We always like to leave the apartment how we found it (which means cleaning the oven and the fridge). Schedule these tasks at least a month to two weeks before you move since they can be time consuming. You can line the oven with tinfoil to protect it from future spills.

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