The Ultimate Bond Cleaning Checklist
End Of Lease Cleaning Checklist
If you are relocating, you probably want to receive as much money as possible back from your bond. Some property managers look for any reason at all to hold on to that money, so you want to leave the property in pristine condition.
Even if the place was not perfectly clean when you moved in, you increase your chances of getting back your bond if the property is spotless.
How Do I Prepare for Cleaning?
To prepare for bond cleaning, make sure that you have first emptied the property of your possessions. It’s much quicker to clean an empty place than to work around boxes and furniture. Make sure that you have plenty of time and you’re wearing comfortable work clothes.
What Cleaning Supplies Do I Need?
Make sure you have all of the cleaning supplies that you need. The following list might help you know what to buy.
- Cleaning Rags
- Disinfectant Spray
- Tub Cleaner
- Toilet Cleaner
- Toilet Brush
- Glass Cleaner
- Paper Towels
- Trash Bags
- Rubber Gloves
- Vacuum Cleaner (for those who have carpets)
- Storage Caddy
Place all of your cleaning products in a basket or storage caddy. This will help you avoid running to retrieve cleaning supplies from other parts of the house. Once you get started, you won’t want to stop until it is done.
What are the Basic Steps to a Clean Home?
Focus on one area at a time, and get that part of the property spotless before moving on. Here is a checklist to help you stay on task.
- Start in the kitchen. First, clean the oven. This can be very difficult, and sometimes oven cleaner takes awhile to work.
- Remove the racks from the oven and spray the oven cleaner in the oven. Wash the racks in the sink, and clean the vent hood.
- These can be greasy so take your time scrubbing them with hot water. By now, the oven cleaner may be done, so wipe out the oven using lots of paper towels.
- Wipe out the inside and outside of all cupboards. Scrub the counter tops. Clean the inside and outside of the fridge and freezer.
- Toss anything that is left in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Clean the light fixtures, baseboards, window frames, microwave, and windows. Sweep and mop the floor.
- To clean the bathrooms, first clean out the ventilation fan. Use a vacuum or paper towels to get all of the dust out of the fan.
- Clean the windows, light fixtures, and the mirror. Scrub out the tub, and wipe down the outside of the toilet. Using toilet cleaner and a toilet brush, scrub the toilet.
- Finally, wipe down the baseboards and clean the floor. If you have shower doors, use a product designed to remove soap scum from it.
Be sure that all awkward corners and cracks are clean. Wipe out the closet and all storage areas, including the medicine cabinet.
Living areas are much easier to clean. Start at the top of the room, cleaning the light fixtures and ceiling fans, and move on to window trim. Clean the windows, wipe down baseboards, and clean the floors.
Finally, wipe down all the walls, paying special attention to smudges in high-traffic areas like hallways and stairwells.
Here is a list of commonly overlooked areas.
- The top of the refrigerator.
- Cobwebs in the corners.
- Grout lines.
- Smudges around light switches and door handles.
- Shower curtains.
- Sliding door tracks.
- The dishwasher filter.
- Laundry machines.
- Outdoor living areas. (decks and porches)
Can I Get Some Professional Help?
Yes! There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. You may be too tired, busy, or ill to clean your own home, and that is perfectly fine. Moving is stressful and tiring and you may not be able to do your final cleaning.
Nobody can do it all. You can definitely hire a company who specializes in bond cleaning to do the parts of cleaning that you can’t or don’t want to do.
Is It Clean Enough?
The stressful thing about doing bond cleaning yourself is wondering what you missed and if the property manager will be satisfied enough to return your full bond back to you.
Hiring a company to take care of the bond clean can help eliminate the worry, and often, it is worth the cost of paying someone to do it.
The property manager may be looking for a reason to keep that bond, so you may want to let a professional handle it.
You are probably ready to move on to a new life in your new home. After all of the stress of packing, heaving furniture from here to there and making arrangements for a new place to live. If you don’t feel like doing it yourself consider the team at Pro Bond Cleaning Sydney who offer a range of professional end of lease cleaning packages.
You still have to unpack the new place and settle into your new home. Many people do handle their own bond cleans, but there’s nothing wrong with saving yourself the hassle and hiring someone to do it for you.