How to Repair Drywall Before You Move Out
Even though most people try to be as careful as possible, accidents do happen. So what do you do if you happen to make a hole in the wall? Here are some tips to teach you how to repair drywall so it won’t affect your security deposit:
Repairing Small Holes
Small holes can be caused by popped nails, screws, hooks and other hanging materials. First, you have to remove the nail or screw. A nail set is a nifty tool that has a pointed edge. You can use it to drive the nail out of the wall. If the problem is caused by a screw, use a knife to dislodge it from the wall.
Next you need to flatten any raised edges so you have an even working surface. Add a drywall compound (like spackle) into the hole and make sure you spread it evenly over the area. Use two coats for a strong hold. When it dries, you can sand down any rough edges then prime and paint.
Repairing Large Holes
Larger holes will require cutting into the wall to have an even square or rectangle. It’s best to leave this to your landlord and professionals who know how to repair drywall. There might be a pipe or electrical wiring behind the wall–and you don’t want to cause any further damage to the apartment.