Bond cleaning can be quite tricky for some renters but with our tips and end-of-lease services, we will help you through this process and do all you need to do to get your bond back.
When the lease agreement is coming to an end, it is time to have a full clean in your home. To guarantee that you will receive your bond back, it is essential to leave the property in the same conditions that you found it.
Following the tenant agreement, the property manager or the real estate agency has the right to hold part of your bond (or even all of it) if you leave the residence in poor or damaged conditions.
We all know that bond requirements are one of the main reasons of conflicts among tenants and landlords in Australia.
However, arguing about the bond is the last thing that you want to think about, right? ?
According to Andrea Manson from Agency HQ, the definition of clean can vary from person to person. And hiring a professional cleaner may cost more than doing it yourself, however it’s a lot easier and far less stressful. If something has been missed then you don;t have to waste valuable time going back to clean again.
To prevent you from this type of stress, have a look at the tips that we gathered below.
First of all, take into consideration that hiring a domestic cleaning service regularly might be a better option to maintain your house tidy.
Perhaps cleaning once a week or every fortnightly is more recommended than just every once in a while.
That way, instead of having to rush everything at the last minute (especially before moving out), you will save time and money.
This might be a basic tip but it is actually extremely relevant since the worst-case scenario would be moving out without your bond refund.
The most important area improved by a regular cleaning service is the bathroom, as you will avoid mould and soap scum to accumulate.
CREATE A CHECKLIST
Organization and cleanliness walk side by side.
That’s why creating a checklist and a time frame to complete these tasks is relevant before moving out.
Packing, disconnecting your electricity, and dealing with paperwork are important items to be included in the checklist. ?
Also, getting rid of unwanted furniture and having a certificate of pest control (especially if you have pets) are other aspects to be considered.
Depending on the size of the property, the bond cleaning professionals might take from 6 to +20 hours to certify that everything is okay, depending on the size and condition of the house. In some cases, the cleaning service might be split into several days.
So it is highly recommended that you organize your routine and hire the bond cleaning service a few days before the end of the lease. This will give a more spaced amount of time to prepare yourself and move out as smoothly as possible.
A checklist for your must-do activities is important as well as a checklist if you are doing the bond cleaning by yourself.
But no worries… If you don’t know where to start, just relax and follow our ultimate bond cleaning checklist! ?
BOND CLEANING: KITCHEN
In bond cleaning, the details are not unnoticed. Pay extra attention to these areas in the kitchen:
- Oven and fridge with no streak marks
- Sink drain and taps cleaned
- Splash area cleaned
- Drawers with no food marks (inside and outside)
- Bin area cleaned
- Cupboards cleaned (inside, outside and top)
- Under the fridge
- Rangehood and extractor fan (dust and oil removed)
- Refrigerator to be pulled out and cleaned behind and underneath
- Walls washed and without marks
If for some accident your damage any walls or furniture, have it fix it, or it will be deducted from your bond.
BOND CLEANING: BATHROOMS
The bathrooms are usually the least-favorite part of the house to be cleaned. Remind yourself to deeply inspect these areas:
- Shower glasses spotless
- Mirror spotless
- Tiles brushed, with no mould or soap scum
- Drain and taps shining
- Towels and toilet paper folded
- Toilet bowl cleaned
- Dust removed (and inside cabinets)
- Scrub floors
BOND CLEANING: ALL AREAS
The bigger picture must be looked at it carefully as well. Relevant things to be taken into consideration are:
- Cobwebs removed
- Under the couch and beds
- Windows and door tracks
- Walls (no marks)
- Skirting boards
- Stairs handle
- Air conditioner
- Fans and lights
- Rubbish bins
- Carpets (you may hire our carpet cleaning services to remove any stain left)
By following these steps, your chances of getting your bond back are higher and the best part, hassle-free. ??
At the same time, when hiring our experienced team of cleaners, we will make sure that everything is cleaned properly and good to go!
TIP: Before you move in and when you move out, take pictures of every space. This will help you to have proofs in case your landlord claims about something.
After the bond cleaning, make sure to review all areas and just in case, have a second opinion.
If you have any doubts regarding your bond and tenancy rights, contact the Residential Tenancies Authority for further information.
Please leave a comment or send us a message if you have any other suggestions about bond cleaning and we would love to share them!