Professional Bond Cleaning Checklist

Professional Bond Cleaning Checklist

Moving out is hard enough on its own. The last thing you want to think about when you’re moving out of your rental apartment or house is the cleaning. But if you want to get your bond back, you’re going to have to spend some time and energy doing just that to get back all or part of your money.

Bond amounts vary but are usually at least one month’s rent, so you can see why they are well worth cleaning up for. No doubt getting your bond back can come in handy at moving time when it comes to paying off some of those moving expenses. This is why you should hire professional bond cleaners to expertly clean your rental apartment or house and get it in the best shape possible for your move out.

Although every company offers a slightly difference service, we’ve put together a standard checklist of the tasks you can expect a professional bond cleaning company to include:

Kitchen Cleaning

kitchen cleaningProfessionals know that cleaning your kitchen can be much easier by starting from the top down.

Before the cleaners arrive, take out all the items from your cabinets, and pack away all your dishes before you start. Professionals will make sure to use surface-safe cleaners (e.g., wood cleaners and tile cleaners) so you won’t have to worry about potential damage.

  • Wipe down the inside and outside of all cupboards and doors. Remove and replace any liner if it’s torn or peeling.
  • Clean the inside and outside of your oven and griller. Be sure to wipe away grease from doors, trays, racks and glass.
  • Clean the inside, outside and behind large appliances such as a refrigerator or dishwasher.
  • Clean your microwave inside and out, making sure to wipe away any grease or food stains.
  • Clean all windows, sills, tracks and screens.
  • Wipe down all counters and splash backs with soap and water.
  • Clean your sinks and taps. Remove all food residue from your drains.
  • Mop the entire floor.

Living Room and Bedroom Cleaning

living room cleaningUnlike the kitchen, which contains a lot of additional hardware, living rooms and bedrooms are mostly just empty spaces with carpet or hardwood floors. However, there are still a few things the cleaners should keep an eye out for when cleaning these rooms.

  • Clean light fittings. Gently remove fittings and remove all the dead bugs.
  • Wipe away dust from ceiling fan base and blades. You should also gently wash with soap and water.
  • Wash walls and remove stains with non-abrasive soap and water.
  • Clean all windows, sills, tracks, screens, curtains and blinds.
  • Clean all light switches and skirting boards.
  • Remove covers and clean all vents. Wipe away all dust from vent covers.
  • Sweep and mop all hardwood flooring.
  • Have your carpets professionally cleaned and provide your paid invoice to your landlord.

Bathroom Cleaning

bathroom cleaningBathrooms are usually the toughest rooms to clean in your entire rental, largely because they take a lot of scrubbing and cleaning in areas you probably don’t think about all that much. Professional cleaners will clean in and around all those hard-to-reach places you may have forgotten.

  • Wash the inside and outside of all cupboards, drawers and shelves, removing all scuff marks.
  • Clean all the walls, mirrors, windows and window tracks. Make sure mirrors and windows are free of any streaks.
  • Clean your shower, shower grout, glass doors, shower screens and shower curtain. Be sure to get out all of the soap scum build-up and replace shower curtain if needed.
  • Clean toilet bowl and cistern, as well as the pipes behind.
  • Clean your sinks and faucets. Remove any hair or soap scum from walls.
  • Mop the entire floor. Don’t forget the hard-to-reach corners where a lot of bathroom grime builds up.

Laundry Room Cleaning

laundry roomLaundry rooms are great to have, but can also get pretty messy. A lot of the cleaning detergents you use to wash your clothes can spill and become difficult to clean up over time. Humidity also makes the dust, lint, and grime build-up tough to get out. To get this done right, professional cleaners will have to bring out the heavy duty stuff.

  • Clean the inside, outside and around washer and dryer machines. Wash cleaning residue away and remove all lint from filters.
  • Wash the inside and outside of all cupboards, drawers and shelves, removing all scuff marks.
  • Clean behind machines, removing all dust from hoses and connections.
  • Sweep and mop all floors. Residue might be tough to get out, so you may have to hand scrub with a tough sponge.

Garage, Carport and Driveway Cleaning

patio before afterNote: Some end of lease cleaners won’t include this as part of their standard package – so make sure you ask before you book.

These areas are among the last to be cleaned and packed away. Because of this, many tenants leave boxes and rubbish that can lead to landlords withholding a portion of their bond for the trouble of cleaning up after them.

  • Wash windows on the outside.
  • Remove all boxes from your garage or carport, and only leave supplies, tools, or items that were there when you first arrived.
  • Remove all dust and cobwebs from the ceiling rafters, walls and shelves using a broom and long duster.
  • Pressure wash the ground to loosen and remove any oil stains.
  • Empty your bins ahead of time so that they are fully empty when inspection begins. Have bins in their correct place.
  • Close and lock your garage door.

Patios, Yards and Garden Cleaning

man mowing lawnsRubbish will always form in outdoor areas. So when it comes to patios, yards and garden cleaning, the important thing is that you remove what is dead and rotting, as well as any other personal items you might have placed there.

Not all companies provide garden cleaning services and you may need to either hire an expert, or mow the lawn yourself.

  • Mow the lawn, trim hedges and remove any weeds. Rake any loose material such as leaves, dead fruit, twigs and more.
  • Wash the sides of all pots and planters that belong on the property.
  • Sweep and hose off all patio areas and walkways, ensuring you clear all paths.

Cleaning your rental to get your bond back is no small task; that’s why you’re better off hiring professional cleaners to get the job done right for you. Only professional cleaners have the skill and expertise to get your rental apartment or house in tip-top shape, thus increasing your chances of getting your entire bond back.

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