If you're about to vacate a rental property then it's time to think about the end of lease clean, or 'bond clean'.
When vacating a rental property, real estate agents expect a thorough clean of the entire property, from top to bottom, to ensure it is in immaculate condition for the next tenant.
What is the 'Bond'?
The rental bond is a security deposit that the tenant pays at the beginning of their lease, that is held by the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA). The amount of bond paid by tenants is usually equal to 4 weeks rent. This is then paid back to tenants at the end of their lease as long as no money is owed to the property manager for rent or damage to the property.
Real estate agents and property owners take into consideration all areas of the home to make sure it's in excellent condition for the new tenants. It's for this reason that we recommend hiring a professional end of lease cleaner to ensure you get your full amount of bond back at the end of your tenancy.
Bond Cleaning Checklist
However, it's not uncommon for tenants to try this on their own! Most real estate agents will give you a checklist of areas to clean, but if you're stuck on what to do here is a comprehensive checklist to pass an inspection after a bond cleaning in the Gold Coast property you’re leaving:
- Curtains, venetians and blinds to be cleaned, washed or dry cleaned (depending on type of fabric)
- Fly screens (window screens) to be removed and carefully and cleaned
- Windows, windowsills and tracks to be vacuumed & cleaned
- Doors, door frames, door handles and tracks to be cleaned and undamaged.
- Clean all marks of walls, skirting boards and ceilings with sugar soap
- Cobwebs to be removed from ceilings and walls
- Clean all light fittings and remove insects
- Clean all light switches & power points
- Wash floors and skirting boards
- Clean all ceiling fans of dust (if applicable)
- Clean all mirrors throughout, including wardrobes (if applicable), and any glass-top surfaces
- Clean wardrobe shelves and drawers.
- Clean all exhaust fans and air vents throughout property
- Clean air-conditioners and filters (if applicable)
- Clean the oven and grill (how to clean an oven).
- Clean the stove top, hot plates and the range hood including filters (if applicable)
- Clean all cupboards inside and out (and on top!)
- Sink taps and disposal unit clean and polished
- Walls and tiles free of grease
- All benches, accessible surfaces and floors clean and free from dirt and grease
- Dishwasher is clean, free of debris (if applicable)
- Refrigerator defrosted and cleaned (if applicable)
Bathroom, Ensuites & Laundry
- Shower recess to be scrubbed
- Grouting free of all soap residue, mould and mildew
- Shower curtain/screen to be cleaned
- Clean and sanitise shower, tiles, bathtub and sink
- All plugholes clean and free of debris
- Clean mirrors
- Clean all drawers and cupboards.
- Toilet to be cleaned thoroughly
- Clean all sinks and taps
Bond Cleaning Checklist - Outside
- Lawns to be mowed and edges trimmed 2-3 days before vacating (if applicable)
- Clean balcony and patio
- Flower beds and pebble areas to be weeded
- No rubbish left in gardens or around property
- All garbage bins to be emptied and washed
- Driveways, carports, garages and any concrete areas free from oil and grease stains
- Garage floor area to be swept and cobwebs removed
- Remove cobwebs from outside eaves, awnings and ceilings
If pets were kept at the property, then the tenant will also have to organise pest control and provide proof of payment when vacating the property.
If any damage has occurred at the property that isn't considered to be part of normal wear and tear,
While you often think you are saving yourself money, sometimes the amount you lose on your bond can outweigh the cost of hiring a professional who will get it done right the first time. Speak with the experienced team at Top Notch today for a free exit clean quote.