Cleaning up a Rental Property

TIPS FOR GETTING A RENTAL BOND BACK

Cleaning your rental property up to a standard where you get your bond back can be a nightmare.  By separating your property into rooms and making a checklist of everything that requires cleaning, you can work through the house one room at a time in a systematic fashion, ensuring nothing is missed.  
All rooms will require that the windows are clean, skirting boards wiped down and a mop to the ceilings if they are marked.  If the carpets are showing signs of your stay it may pay to get a commercial carpet cleaner in.  Vacuum under any furniture left in the house and ensure all tiles and/or lino is clean.
Kitchen:
Probably the most time consuming room, start here while you are fresh.  Take particular care to clean:
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Cupboards (in, under and on top of)
  • Whiteware (inside and out, underneath)
  • Sink

Bathroom:
Bathrooms are notorious for collecting mess.  Don’t have your bond diminished due to moldy grout, toothpaste and soap marks or dirty taps.  Your checklist should include the following:

  • Bath and Shower
  • Basin
  • Mirror
  • Taps and Showerhead
  • Cupboards (in, on and under)
Living Areas and Bedrooms
Inspecting agents will look carefully at the following areas before signing off on your bond:
  • Carpets
  • Skirting Boards
  • Sliding Door Tracks
  • Light Fittings
  • Window Dressings
  • In, under and on top of Cupboards
  • Mirrors
  • Windows

Outside?
Don’t forget the garden!

  • Mow the lawn
  • Trim the edges
  • Weed the garden
  • Prune any untidy branches
  • Mend any damaged fencing 

 By paying attention to detail and taking your time you should receive your bond back in full.  If unsure you have remembered everything, ask a friend to come over and ‘inspect’ the property for you.  A fresh set of eyes will pick up anything you have missed.

 
For more detail on bonds and final inspections, download your copy of Renting a Home – A Guide for Tenants and Landlords.
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