Use Q-Tips To Get Your Damage Deposit Back

You’ve been living in your rental home for awhile, and now you’re moving on to a new city, to a house, or just to a new rental home. Back when you moved in, you paid a damage deposit, likely the amount of one month’s rent. No matter how much it was, you want it back.

Let’s assume you didn’t break the house. That you have kept it clean and well maintained. That your western Wisconsin renter’s insurance policy has paid for any damage you have been responsible for. The only thing you have left to do is follow the Girl Scout rule, and leave the place better than it was when you arrived.

General Cleaning

ceiling fanIf you have a cleaning checklist from your landlord, follow it. The obvious stuff is to clean all surfaces, including walls, appliances, fixtures (yes, take that fixture down from your ceiling-mounted lights, throw away the bugs, and wash it), and even doors. Don’t miss the tops of your ceiling fan blades.

Clean your stove (including the hood and under the top if yours lifts up), your oven, and scrub out your sinks and cupboards. A good cleaner for the kitchen is Dawn dish soap. It really does take care of the grease.

Use the vacuum extensions to get rid of any cobwebs back in the corners of your closets or other places they have formed. Clean your bathroom fixtures, using a bleach cleaner if there is any sign of mildew. Replace the shower curtain(s) if applicable. Pick up all the little things that have fallen into the baseboard heaters if applicable. Then vacuum them for good measure. Wash the mirrors and windows.

Why Q-Tips?

After the masterful job you have done cleaning all surfaces, why would you need to use Q-tips? First, take a look at all the light switches. Around the rectangular switch, and then around the opening for the switch itself, gunk has likely gathered. Dip a Q-tip in bleach, or other cleaner of your choice, and wipe the gunk away.

Then do the same for all doorknobs and locks in the home, any sconces or other lighting fixtures, and inside the window tracks. It’s this extra cleaning that will ensure you get not only your full deposit back, but a glowing recommendation from your landlord should you ever need it.

One Last Thing

After everything has been moved out, even if you know your landlord is going to replace the carpet the next day, vacuum everything. Appearances count!

If you want to know about renter’s insurance, contact your Baldwin Woodvile Insurance rep today!

Get Your Motorcycle Ready

Whether you like to get out on the road by yourself, or travel with a group, there’s nothing like getting out there on your motorcycle. Here in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin, you’ve got a limited amount of time before the ice and snow hits, so you want to get as much riding in as you can.

You may be tempted to pull the cover off your bike and just take off. But, as with any precious possession, you want to take better care of it than that. The first thing to do is change your storage insurance policy to your full Minnesota or Wisconsin motorcycle insurance coverage. Your agent at Baldwin Woodville can help you with that.

Then, follow the guidelines below to properly prepare your bike for a fun and safe summer of traveling the open road.

Dust, Clean, Fuel, and Oil

Take off the cover, blocks, plugs, and/or rags used to store your bike, and give it a good washing. Check the fluid levels and consistency, and fill or replace fluids that need it. Check the fuel tank, lines, and fittings for cracks or breaks, and repair and replace as necessary. Finally, change the oil, even if you did so before storing your bike.

Safety First

There are a number of things to check before your bike is safe for the road.

  1. Battery – The battery must be fully charged, which you may have done over the winter. If not, do so now, and if you need to replace it, do so before riding.
  2. Tires – Check your tires thoroughly for cracks, bulges, or other problems. Replace if necessary. Otherwise, fill them up to the proper air pressure. Also check the wheels for dents and repair spokes if necessary.
  3. Brakes – You’ve already checked the brake fluid, and filled or replaced it. Now, visually inspect the brake pads, discs, and shoes. If they have gotten too thin, replace them. Clean the rotors, and make sure the brake handle and throttle cables are well lubricated. Just before you head out, test the brakes by taking a short test run.
  4. Suspension, Frame, Steering – Check all around the frame, focusing on any joints or connections, to make sure there are no slight cracks. Lubricate the bearings and kickstand for smooth operation, and make sure the steering is working smooth and easy.

After you’ve checked all these things, check the controls, rev her up, and hit the road.

See our previous posts on preparing your boat and preparing your RV.