Whether you’re moving out or planning ahead, there are several ways you can improve your chances of getting your security deposit back. From cleaning to documenting, here are three ways to get your hard-earned money back.

  • Read the Fine Print
    This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people simply skim over this and regret it later. Double check your lease agreement and see what it has to say about the security deposit. Is there a walk-through condition form? A cleaning fee? Knowing exactly what you need to do will also improve your chances of getting your security deposit back.
  • Don’t Leave a Mess
    We know, you’re already exhausted from the moving process and now you have to do some intense cleaning? If you truly want your security deposit back, then you need to make sure it’s in better condition than when you moved in. Trust us, it’s worth it to put on those rubber gloves and make your apartment squeaky clean.
  • Document Everything
    When you’re finished attempting to put your apartment back into perfect condition, take pictures! Then, before you turn your keys in, do a walk-through with your landlord. Don’t be afraid to ask if there’s anything that might be taken out of your deposit. This way, you can try to fix these things before you turn in your keys.