You’ve found a brand new property. The lease is an attractive price, the location is great is the building itself looks to be fantastic.
But before you can move into your new place, you need to be sure you leave your old one in good condition.
End-of-lease cleaning is a lot more important than many give it credit for. In addition to making things comfortable for the next tenants, it’s also essential to getting your bond back!
In particular, you’ll want to focus on…
When was the last time you vacuumed under your bed?
Or dusted out your wardrobes?
Or cleaned out underneath cabinets?
Every room has hidden corners that don’t see much cleaning. However, it’s not entirely unreasonable to assume that landlords and future tenants are going to be going through this room much more carefully than the rest!
In our opinion, your bedroom cleaning checklist should include:
- Vacuuming and wiping all the corners in your bedroom
- Cleaning the aircon, including air vents and filters
- Clean ceiling fan parts, bulbs and lampshades
- Wiping down and polishing window glass, inside and out
- Remove curtains and putting them in the wash (if possible)
- Wipe and polish mirrors and switches
It’s also important to make sure that this extends not just to the visible areas, but also the hidden spots.
The bathroom is where people go to clean themselves. So it’s not a good look when your bathroom looks absolutely disgusting!
Sanitising and disinfecting your bathroom is a top priority. Bathrooms are especially vulnerable to mould and mildew growth – they’re humid, and in many cases poorly-lit with small windows.
This is the perfect environment for unwanted growth. Not only does it look hideous, but it can also negatively affect your health.
When deep cleaning your bathroom, be sure to:
- Use baking soda and vinegar – you’d be surprised how effective these common cleaning solutions are!
- Deep clean your shower heads by submerging them inside a cleaning solution
- Wipe, wipe, wipe… especially around corners!
- Clean mirrors, knobs, and tissue holders too
- Clean between tiles – many people forget to clean tile grout
If possible, get a second opinion on the state of your bathroom. It might be easy for you to filter our minor stains since you’re so used to them. But a landlord is going to notice!
Even a bathroom that appears clean at first glance can be home to messes that are hard-to-spot or even invisible to the human eye.
If you thought bathrooms were a tough clean, wait to you get around to the kitchen!
While kitchens are generally bigger, better-lit and ventilated than bathrooms. However, they come with their own problems, namely a buildup of grease.
Grease, tough stain, and other dirt are present in just about every kitchen. They’re also extremely difficult to remove – hence why regular kitchen cleaning is so important.
But it’s not just grime and grease, either. When cleaning your kitchen, you’ll also want to:
- Throw away any food waste
- Clean out your dishwasher and dry it immediately
- Scrub kitchen tiles, sink, and wall
- Thoroughly scrub out your range hood and ventilation
- Dry your kitchen once you’re done
It’s also important to clean out heavy-duty pieces of kitchen equipment – namely, your oven.
While the outside of your oven might pass first inspection, grease builds up inside. This can stop it functioning, leaving the new residents in a tough spot.
And what if your landlord decides to test all the appliances before signing off?
Why professional end-of-lease cleaning is the way to go
We’ve all heard horror stories about landlords withholding parts of a bond because of one tiny, insignificant smudge on a wall.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not trying to paint all landlords with the same brush. What we are saying is that when it comes to getting your bond back, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Professional end-of-lease cleaning goes beyond wiping down all your surfaces. Professional cleaners give your house the deep clean, reaching areas you just can’t clean on your own such as the insides of ovens, air conditioning and even swimming pools.
Thoroughness and depth aren’t the only advantages of professional end-of-lease cleaning. Professional cleaners also provide documentation which provides undeniable proof that you performed your duties as a tenant by having everything cleaned.
Tick off all your end-of-lease cleaning checklist
Master Cleaners cleans the parts you can’t clean
Ending a rental contract or finding a better space to rent can be exciting. However, it can also be risky – especially if you don’t do a proper clean-up before you leave!
In addition to regular house cleaning, Master Cleaners offers specialised end-of-lease cleaning in Melbourne and Sydney. We take our trademark care and masterful work and apply it to your property.
The goal? To get your bond back.