Are you moving out of a rented property and you want to make sure you get your entire bond back from your landlord? While for many renters, the end-of-lease cleaning is a scary and time-consuming activity they have to take care of right before they vacate the space, if you follow our simple step-by-step guide, you will be able to get the whole property in order well before you have to move out, without breaking a sweat.
Let’s take a look at all the steps that you should include on your cleaning checklist for hassle-free end-of-lease cleaning.
While you will need to vacuum, dust and polish, as well as hygienically clean the bathroom and kitchen shortly before you vacate the property, there are a few things you can start crossing off your list even in the beginning of your last month in the property.
Booking a professional carpet cleaning service for the day you leave the property. This is a mandatory step for some renters, as in most cases according to your lease agreement you will need to have your carpets professionally cleaned before you leave.
Book a pest control specialists to do a thorough inspection and spray the property if necessary, so that you can leave it pest-free. Note that this is not a mandatory step unless otherwise stated in your lease agreement.
Cancel any utilities and subscriptions (where appropriate).
Schedule a lawn mowing service, or set aside a day to mow the lawn yourself during the final week of your tenancy.
We recommend doing a thorough clean of the indoors and outdoors of your rental property during your final week, so you don’t get too overwhelmed and fail to get everything done by the time you need to leave.
Some of the main steps you’ll need to cover during the final week of your stay include:
Cleaning the outdoor area, removing any weeds, leftover garbage, cigarette butts and so on.
Check to see if some plants need replacing and if the lawn needs to be mowed. You should also trim any bushes and greenery that might have overgrown.
Clean out the driveway, garage and patio, paying closer attention to grease and oil stains.
Clean your outdoor appliances and barbecues if you’re not planning on using them again by the time you move out.
Remove all fly screens, wash them and put them back.
Wash or dust any light fixtures and ceiling fans
Remove and wash all curtains and clean the blinds
Wipe the inside of your air conditioners and exhaust fans and clean out their filters
Replace any burned-out bulbs
Remove all cobwebs, paying closer attention to spots you’ve been neglecting, such as the bathroom ceilings, around the windows and so on
Wipe down all walls, scrub off marks and fix any dents and nail holes you find.
Don't forget to wipe down skirting boards, especially if they haven't been cleaned since you moved in
Clean all doors, door frames and doorknobs
Clean all light switches
While you’ve already covered a lot of ground so far, there are a few more steps you need to take care of before you’re ready to hand off the keys to your landlord or property manager.
Cleaning windows, window tracks and window sills
Using a grout cleaning product to remove any built-up dirt and dust off your tile and grout
Vacuuming all cupboards and wardrobes, and wiping them down
Disinfecting the bathroom, dusting and polishing all fixtures, light fittings and appliances
Removing all personal items, such as posters and pictures from the walls
Thoroughly cleaning the entire kitchen, paying closer attention to the inside of your stove and stove top, the refrigerator, dishwasher, and other appliances
Scrubbing and disinfecting each surface of the kitchen
To clean your stove properly remove all of its inside parts, soak them in warm, soapy water and scrub them until they are clean.
By now you should have crossed off most of the items on your cleaning checklist. However, there are a few things that you will need to take care of the day before you leave. Those include:
Vacuum and mop all floors, making sure everything’s ready for the professional carpet cleaning company that should arrive on the last day of your lease
Use this time to compare the property to the condition report on the day you moved in to see if everything’s in order
Empty out all wardrobes, making sure you don’t leave any of your possessions behind
Remove any traces of cigarette odour, by ventilating the entire home and deodorising it, using an odour-reducing spray
Give your bathroom a quick final rinse and clean and pick up any personal items
Wash the shower curtain and disinfect the showerhead
Check to see if there's any laundry in the laundry basket or the washing machine
Disinfect light switches and doorknobs
Remove cobwebs you might have missed
Wipe down the sink and stove top in the kitchen, making sure there’s no dust or leftover residue
If you follow these few simple steps from our end of lease cleaning checklist, paying attention to the smallest of details, you’re guaranteed to get your entire rental bond back from your landlord and leave the property sparkling clean.
If you want to save more time and effort while following your end of lease cleaning checklist, there are a few helpful tips you can implement to speed up the whole process and make it a lot easier.
Here's what you can do to make sure your cleaning process runs as smoothly as possible:
Use a portable bucket or a holder for your supplies so you can keep them at hand and not have to make any unnecessary trips back and forth
Clean top to bottom so you can collect any dust or dirt that falls onto the floor from the shelves and cabinets
Leave the vacuuming and mopping for the very end so you don't have to vacuum, sweep or mop twice
Plan ahead or use our carefully assembled checklist so you can have a strict plan to follow
Listen to music or audiobooks so you can entertain yourself while you clean
Don't force yourself to finish everything in a day or two; give yourself enough time to clean the entire space properly without getting overworked
Reward yourself after completing each task with a cup of tea, coffee or a snack
Don't skimp on proper cleaning supplies and products, since you might end up spending much more time cleaning than you would have if you had the right cleaning tools and supplies
Keep large containers or plastic bags around for items you need to discard, donate or recycle