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If you’re moving out of a rented house or apartment, chances are you have a fairly substantial deposit that you’d like to get back. In order to do so, however, you’ll need to make sure that everything is in pristine condition – or as close to pristine as you can get.

One of the biggest DIY schleps is filling nail holes. When you’ve been living somewhere for a good while, you’ve probably tried to make it as homey as possible. Hanging pictures is just something that people do when they’re trying to make a house into a home. Nail holes, unfortunately, are the one thing people get into trouble over when they decide to move.

Below are some handy tips on filling nail holes without too much effort.

1. White Soap

If your walls are white, this quick fix is a no-brainer. Grab a bar of white soap and rub it over the hole until it fills in. Grab a cloth to wipe away any excess soap and, hey presto, problem solved!

2. Wall Putty

Most hardware stores sell this easy-to-use putty in small, manageable tubes. Put a tiny amount of the putty on the edge of a knife and smear it into the hole. There may be a small amount of putty left around the edges of the hole, but all you need to remove it is a damp cloth. To hide the cover up, use a smidgeon of paint on a miniscule brush. You won’t need to paint the entire area, just the tiny dot of putty where the hole used to be.

3. Toothpaste

The concept behind this one is similar to using toothpaste. Just grab a tube of white toothpaste, plug up the hole, and breathe a sigh of relief. This will only work on white walls, as the toothpaste does not stand up well to paint.

4. Candle Wax

Again, the principle behind this one is super simple. All you need to do is find a candle that matches your wall colour. Rub it over the hole, and wipe away any excess wax with a damp cloth. It really doesn’t get easier than that.

Of course, there is a proper way to do this. If you have a particularly fussy landlord, it may cost you more to fix the hole yourself than to let them take care of the problem and hand you the bill. You might not get your full deposit back, but you’ll certainly be spared no small amount of stress!

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