2 Obvious Ways to Improve the Chances of Keeping your Security Deposit

In Apartment Living by Adam's Crossing Apartments

Getting your security deposit back after moving out apartment is every renter’s dream. Having a little extra cash on hand is never bad, especially when you’re transitioning from one living space to another. Unfortunately, many renters lose their security deposit over avoidable mistakes. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the common reasons people lose their security deposit and how you can improve your chances of keeping the money you put down.

Keep your Flooring Clean and Damage Free

Let’s face it – flooring is probably the most heavily used feature of any apartment home. Protecting your floor from heavy furniture, pets, and excessive wear and tear should be a top priority for anyone who is renting. Vinyl is often used in bathrooms and kitchens. Despite being a durable floor covering, it can tear or warp if heavy objects drag along it. Carpeting, on the other hand, is generally used in living and sleeping areas. Although it’s one of the most popular floor coverings, it’s easy to stain and notoriously difficult to clean.

To improve the chances of keeping your security deposit, it’s imperative that you keep the flooring throughout your apartment unit clean. Here are a few tips for doing so:


Because carpets are made from fiber, they’re hard to clean thoroughly. It is also one of the leading contributors to indoor allergens. Households without pets should vacuum once a week. Furthermore, they should hire a professional to steam clean the entire unit once a year. Families with pets should vacuum every other day and have a professional steam clean once every six months.


Many rental units have vinyl somewhere throughout the unit. If your home has vinyl flooring, keep it clean by sweeping daily and mopping once every week. Both of these are essential to keeping your vinyl flooring clean.

Don’t Let Pets Damage Property

It’s hard to keep pets under control at all hours of the day, especially if you don’t work from home. Cats and dogs may behave differently, but they can both do significant damage to your rental unit if they don’t receive proper training. If you have pets who are already potty trained, teach them that the home’s structure and accessories are not play toys.
Note: Pets that aren’t potty trained or have destructive anxiety would likely do better in a home with a yard – both for their sake and yours.

Although there are dozens of factors that go into keeping your security deposit, the two in this post are the common reasons many renters don’t get it back. By keeping your rental property clean and free from unusual damage (and teaching your pets to do the same), you can enjoy a happy tenancy. This will help to increase the chances of getting the majority of your security deposit back when you move out.
If you have any questions about what condition your unit must be in to receive your deposit back, or to inquire about renting one of our luxury apartments in Waldorf, contact our team today at (240) 585-7100.