Moving Out? 5 Ways to Get (all) Your Bond Back
All landlords appreciate their property being turned back over in good condition so they can have it ready for new tenants as quickly as possible. With the right approach and preparation, getting your bond back shouldn’t be too difficult. Consider these cleaning tips before you move out of your rental:
Make a Plan
The first thing you want to do is go around your entire rental and make a list of everything that needs to be cleaned or repaired. Consider every stain or dent in the wood, mark down dirty tiles, foggy mirrors, loose doorknobs and hinges, wall cracks and any damage to the trimming. After going through your entire rental, make a list of the materials you will need to do the cleaning and make repairs. Any large scale repairs should be left to professionals, but small repairs can be made using just a few tools without costing you an arm and a leg.
Clean the Carpets
No matter how long you have been in your rental, your carpets and flooring will likely have taken the most abuse. Even normal foot traffic can leave your carpets looking dirty and dingy. This is made even worse if you have any pets, and a simple vacuum won’t do much to remove stubborn stains or soiling. The best thing to do is to hire professional carpet cleaners to provide a deep water extraction of all your carpets. Professional cleaners will test your carpet to ensure they use solutions that won’t cause damage to the fibres, while leaving your carpets looking fresh and restored.
It is important to note however that in NSW, and possibly other states, you are not required to have your carpets professionally cleaned unless they need it. If a landlord, or real estate agent try’s to pressure you to do when it is not necessary refer them to the office of fair trading (or other similar office).
Fix and Clean All Fixtures
One of our recommended end of lease cleaning companies in Perth gave us the following advice. You should look towards taking care of all small repairs, but be sure to talk to your landlord before tackling a project that could be out of your comfort zone. You never want to risk turning minor damage into major damage and have to forfeit some or all of your bond. Check fixtures in every room for damage. Also be sure to wipe down all light switches, door knobs and handles completely clean of any dirt or grime. Replace missing screws and tighten any fixtures that feel loose or wobbly.
Wash the Windows and Walls
Dirty windows and walls are among the first things your landlord will notice upon entering your rental. If you can’t repaint your walls, then make sure to at least wash them with non-abrasive soap and water to remove any marks. Be sure to clean both sides of your window panels using detergent and water. Watch out for streaks, because they can give the impression that you have done a rush job in cleaning and will alert your landlord that there may be more things amiss in the rental.
Clean Up the Exterior
Just like your landlord will notice your walls and windows first, your exterior will be noticed the moment he or she walks up to the property – and first impressions can go a long way. If you have a yard, be sure to cut the grass and rake up any leaves. Clean windows, trim any hedges and be sure to replace broken or old flower pots. Don’t forget to empty out your trash bins instead of leaving bags of trash to pile up before your move. If trash pickup is still a few days away then you might want to consider taking your trash to the dump.
Following each of these cleaning tips will certainly increase your chances of getting your bond back. If cleaning your rental seems like too much trouble or you want to be sure you have covered everything, you might consider hiring a qualified bond cleaner. Professional cleaners will guarantee to clean every inch of your rental, leaving you with peace of mind.