When you live in a rented house or flat, the end of your tenancy will inevitably bring some stress. Aside from packing and having to figure out how to use the last of the food in the fridge, you’ve also got to make sure you do everything you can to get your bond back.
Over 50% of all end-of-lease disputes are due to insufficient cleaning. Landlords want their properties returned in top condition, with everything from the furniture to the ceiling fans given a thorough scrubbing.
So, to make sure you get your bond paid back in full, you will be required to do a full, deep clean. Here’s some advice that will help you get your end-of-lease clean spot on.
5 Top Cleaning Tips For Getting Your Bond Back
1. Plan ahead
It’s a good idea to plan your end-of-lease cleaning ahead of time. You can do this by making a list of everything that needs doing, and estimating how much time it will take you to get it all done. That way, you can set a schedule. Depending on how busy you are, you might allow yourself a few days to tackle it, or even a few weeks.
Either way, planning should help you fit everything in, no matter how much work it ends up being. And, if you spot anything that might need a bit more attention, planning ahead will give you time to book professional services.
2. Use a checklist
The list you make during the planning stage will come in handy when you start to clean. If you write down everything that needs cleaning in each room, you can check it off as you go.
You will be far less likely to miss anything out during your end-of-lease clean if you do, whether it be something big like the floors and walls or some of your property’s hidden nooks and crannies.
When making your checklist, you can also refer back to the Condition Report that you completed when you first moved in. If there are any problems with the property, for example, a mark on the wall or a scratch on the furniture, the report will remind you of which issues are your responsibility, and which were already there.
3. Replace anything that’s broken
Chances are, you’ll be responsible for changing the bulbs in your property’s lamps and light fittings. So, any bulbs that have blown will need to be replaced. For those that are working, you should still give them a good clean.
You will also need to replace or mend anything that is cracked, scratched, or damaged in the property. The same goes for plants, either indoor or outdoor, that were there when you moved in and have died during your tenancy.
4. Deep clean the appliances
As well as the standard cleaning tasks such as dusting, mopping, and vacuuming, you’ll have to go a step further with your end-of-lease clean. For one thing, the oven will certainly require some attention before you move out, especially if it doesn’t get a regular clean.
Thankfully, while it can be time-consuming, deep cleaning an oven isn’t actually that difficult. All you need to do is combine baking soda and water until they form a paste, and spread the mix over the interior surfaces and door.
For best results, you should leave the mixture on overnight, but if you don’t have time, then an hour should do. Once you’ve done that, simply wipe the oven clean with a cloth or paper towel.
You can use the same mixture for your shower and even your fridge. When cleaning out the latter, though, don’t forget to remove all the food first, and take out any shelves so you can really get into the corners.
5. Clean from the inside out
If your rented property has decking, a patio, a balcony, or some other outdoor area, you’ll need to give that a good clean, as well.
Your BBQ and garden furniture will have to be left sparkling clean, the yard must be as pristine as when you found it, and any dirty flooring will have to be hosed down if you want to get your bond back in full.
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Author: Luke Fitzpatrick