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It’s Time To Move Out Of Your Apartment; How To Get Your Security Deposit Back

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Whether you’ve lived in your apartment six months or six years, there’s sure to be some signs that yes, someone has lived there. Perhaps the carpet is a bit worn, perhaps there is a small stain on the hardwood floor or some holes in the wall. While a landlord legally needs to expect some wear and tear, it’s sometimes a struggle getting them to accept that fact. The best way to guarantee you’ll get your deposit back, other than abiding by the terms of the lease, is if you leave your apartment in the best condition possible — and that means cleaning.

The last thing you want to think about as you’re about to enter your next life adventure is cleaning the place you’re leaving behind, but for the cash, it’s definitely worth it. Fortunately, the American Apartment Owners Association has released a checklist for getting your apartment in shipshape. Frankly, it’s a helpful list for your spring cleaning as well.

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You can download the list for free here.

This isn’t the time to cut corners. One in four renters never get their security deposits back. Interestingly, it seems there is more pressure for women to keep a clean place than there is for men. While many lost their deposits for reasons like breaking the lease, many lost theirs for inexplicable reasons.

The biggest reason for landlords withholding security deposits was a tenant moving out early, according to the survey. Almost half — 44 percent — of renters ages 18 to 24 and 33 percent of men who responded to the survey cited breaking the lease agreement as the reason they didn’t get their security deposits back. Nine percent of women and 3 percent of men in the survey of 1,000 respondents said that they lost their security deposits because of pet damage.

But the most alarming statistic: 36 percent of respondents said that their landlords offered no explanation at all for why they were withholding security deposits.

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Fortunately for renters, California laws are pretty much on their side, with some exceptions, and cleaning is one of them.

In California, there are only four reasons why a landlord may withhold a security deposit: to cover unpaid rent, to clean the rental when a tenant moves out, to repair damages caused by the renter, or to replace furnishings (only if the lease agreement explicitly states that this is allowable).

With our exorbitant rents, it’s definitely worth it to spend a few additional hours, even if you have to hire someone, so you get back what’s rightfully yours.

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Is The Moving Industry Really The Most Crooked In The Country?

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For the last couple of decades, the moving industry has suffered from a bad case of public relations blues, some of it earned, some of it not. Between horror stories shown on network TV, websites like Movingscam.com and this Newsweek article from last month, it’s no wonder truck rental companies are so popular. Is this reputation deserved, though? The facts say no.

Image via Wikimedia.

Image via Wikimedia.

The American Moving and Storage Association is the trade association for the moving industry, so yes, they are biased, but at the same time, it’s in their best interests to ensure that the companies represented by them are top notch. They responded to the blistering Newsweek article. Here’s some of the response:

“In response to the Dec. 9 article, “Why the Moving Industry Is Filled with Fraudsters and Scam Artists,” millions of Americans move every year and the vast majority of professional moves end with satisfied customers. While there are criminals in every industry, their actions should not be used to unfairly smear the nearly 200,000 Americans—ranging from small family-run businesses to national van lines—who work for the professional moving and storage industry.

This story bears no relation to the wildly inaccurate headline attached to it. Only a couple of victims and a couple of fraudsters or scam artists are referenced, with none of the moves taking place in the past four years. This is hardly evidence of an industry “filled with” this problem.

Let’s look at the facts. According to data from the National Consumer Complaint Database, there were 3,030 complaints nationwide about household goods moves in 2015, while there were 364 complaints about “hostage loads.” These are a tiny fraction of the 800,000 interstate moves estimated to occur annually by the U.S. Census.

This in no way disputes the fact that yes, there are scam moving companies and they make us all look bad, but most are unlicensed and most are companies that are only around for a year or two. It’s true, anyone can buy a truck and call themselves a mover, but real movers have to go through steps, like licensing, that helps ensure that they will obey the laws.

Of course, every moving company has unhappy customers. Trucks break down, delays happen, sometimes things get broken and occasionally, left on the truck, but most moving companies have honest intentions.

That being said, it’s always good to do your homework. Take a look at the sites above and make sure the companies you’re looking at are properly licensed and they have decent reputations. Yelp is also a big help. Protect yourself, but don’t feel that hiring movers is too risky. There are bad apples in every industry, but overall, the moving industry is pretty safe.

It’s A Moving Miracle – Cat Survives Being Moved To Hawaii In A Box

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Ninja Movers are always careful about what we pack, but even we’ve had the occasional packing error. A few full trash cans have been packed (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure), but I can say with full confidence that we have never, ever packed a pet. Unfortunately, that did happen with one move, but the results, which could have been disastrous, were miraculous.

In September, the Barth family moved from Long Island to Hawaii. Shortly after the movers left, the Barths noticed that their cat, Mee Moowe, went missing.

“I was really worried and starting to think the worst,” Barth said. “Maybe she ran away, maybe the movers scared her and she decided it was too much noise and she took off.”

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They stayed behind looking for Mee Moowe as long as they could, but eventually, they had to leave.

Hawaii moves are a bit different from Continental U.S. moves in that the movers need to cross an ocean, which considerably slows down the process. It took 36 days for the Barths belongings to arrive in Hawaii and when they started to unpack, they heard a faint “meow.”

Mee Moowe had been packed into one of the boxes. She wasn’t healthy after more than three months with no food or water. Her eyes were crusted shut. She was anemic and dramatically thinner, but she had survived.

Mee Moowe is doing better, but she’s not completely reunited with her family yet. She was supposed to receive shots before moving to Hawaii and since she didn’t, she’s being quarantined at a veterinarian’s office at a cost of $4,000.

The moving company’s name hasn’t been released and they haven’t yet commented, but I can assure you that stories of pets accidentally being packed and moved are very rare.

For now, though, we’re just delighted that the Barth’s kitty will soon be joining them in their new Hawaiian home.

To prevent possible mistakes, including the far more realistic possibility that a pet could slip out the door during the move, it’s usually best to have pets stay with friends or family.

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How To Plan Moving And Making It Stress Free

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How to plan moving and making it stress free Moving house is one of the biggest and stressful events of an individual’s life. The only way to make it smoother and easier is to plan the thing quite earlier. The introduction of moving and removal companies has made the things quite easier. A large list of moving companies can be found over the World Wide Web but not each of them is trustworthy. These companies can help you in packing up your belongings, moving your valuables form one place to another and also storing them (if needed). In many cases, it is required to store your furniture and other such items in some storage while moving. The storage solutions provided by such companies are quite affordable and cost effective. There are also specific companies available that only does provide you with the storage solutions. They offer you portable containers that can be used as units for storage. No matter what kind of removal it is, these removal companies are a big help. Today, it is getting really inconvenient to perform large house removals and office removals without consulting with one of these companies. The only thing is to search for a reliable company so that you can get stress free.

The professional removal experts can also give you the best of the advices for your home removal. These removal companies do offer the clients with complete services starting from giving you suggestions regarding the moving, helping you out in packing your stuff and then finally letting you to move from old place to new place. All these tasks are done very smoothly by these companies and are completely hassle free. You can easily search for these companies on internet and through yellow pages and directories. You can also ask these companies to perform a survey of your house and give you suggestions regarding moving and removals. There are many companies that offer these removal surveys. This will also help you out in making your moving process simpler. While surveying your home the surveyor will guide you and will discuss the moving plan with you. He will give you the plan for dismantling of furniture and for packing up your belongings. By hiring such a reliable company, you can become <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tension”>tension</a> free after handing over your possessions to the professional movers.

If you are planning to move to some new country then these companies are still there to help you out. These companies also do offer international removal and moving services. Moving home or office within the same city is still easier and one can try to perform this without taking the help from some professional company but international removals are not easier and must not be handled alone. It is better to take help from some professional movers in case of international removal. In case of international removals you will necessarily need storage containers that can be provided by the companies. The international removals cannot be performed without the storage containers as these removals might take long to get completed. Also, there can be some conditions under which it is not possible to continue the removal or moving process. Such conditions might include bad weather and at this stage you definitely need to store your belongings at some safe place. Relocation can be best performed with the help of professionals. They know what they have to do and can also perform their job within the estimated time. So, never hesitate in hiring a removal company to make your move successful. Home removals Shepherds Bush

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