5 most common cleaning issues from property managers when ending your lease
It has come to an end. Your tenure is over. Your lease is up. No more paying rent- this specific one at least. Maybe you decided to call it off early; maybe the contract has ended and you don’t intend to renew; maybe it came to a premature and bitter end with both parties swearing to never do business with each other again. Whichever the case may be, it’s time to move out and return the space to the owner in the same condition you received it. This can be rather challenging.
It’s hard enough to have to move out all of your furniture and fixtures but even worse, you have to move with your dirt. Hopefully, you had been doing regular cleaning throughout your stay and not have an avalanche of cleaning to do. Regardless of what your case may be, here are 5 typical problem areas that property managers usually look out for when doing an inspection and deciding whether or not they should return your bond.
Carpets are an obvious place to check for when inspecting for cleanliness. They can be a nuisance to clean as they tend to attract and trap all types of contaminants. Real estate agents and landlords are extremely picky when it comes to the cleanliness of their carpets. It is one of the first places they check because they know it is hard to clean. A dirty carpet is enough to prevent you from recovering your bond.
You have to ensure that the carpets are just like they were when you started your tenancy!
My advice is for you to get a professional carpet cleaner to clean your carpets. Sure, you can rent a carpet cleaning machine from Woolworths or Coles. However, the job doesn’t usually get done properly because you lack the necessary expertise. You also run the risk of causing permanent damage to the carpet. Don’t risk it. Do it once. Do it right. Additionally, real estate property managers also expect to see a carpet cleaning receipt for proof that they were cleaned professionally.
Windows are another tricky area. They have to be cleaned properly, both inside and out, or they will stick out like a sore thumb.
It’s not enough to just hose down the outside of the windows and think they are clean. They most definitely won’t be. They will end up with soap scum, watermarks, and streaks. The glass has to be cleaned with a window washer and squeegee; care being taken not to leave any streaks. Window jambs and tracks also have to be properly washed. You may also need a makeshift tool such as a flat head screwdriver to remove dirt from narrow window tracks.
Oven cleaning can require some technical ability. You may have to disassemble and remove sections of the oven for proper cleaning. You also have to know the components, such as electrical and gas controls, that are susceptible to damage by cleaning liquids.
Property managers expect the oven to be like new again so you have to invest the effort if you want your bond back. The appropriate oven cleaning chemicals have to be used. Steel wool will be needed to scrub every rack and shelf to remove all the burnt charcoal and baked-on grease. Parts may even have to be soaked overnight in an oven cleaning solution. Special attention must also be paid to the cleaning of the oven door glass. You may even have to remove the glass and clean it separately to get it perfect.
We all know the stigma associated with the cleaning of bathrooms and toilets. After all, we all know what they are used for. That is why when it comes to bathrooms toilets, property managers will not accept anything less than perfectly clean. No mold should be found anywhere; not even in the grout! You may even have to replace the silicone in your shower. Ensure that you clean behind the toilet and inside the bowl. Ensure that there is no mineral buildup anywhere.
Bathrooms have to be cleaned and sanitized from ceiling to floor. Scrub! scrub! scrub!
5.Cleaning Light Fixtures
This one is often overlooked by the vacating tenant. It is usually the secret weapon of the property manager when doing end of lease inspections.
Some insects love light. Bugs, moths, flies and a host of others can’t get enough of it, even to their detriment. Because of this, light fittings usually contain a colony of dead insects.
Always remember to clean all the sources of light inside the space. This includes light fittings, all downlights, ceiling fan lights, and skylights. These need to be removed and cleaned to rid them of dead bugs. They are often overlooked and property managers will not let you get away with it.
Remember that lights are electrical components however so take extra precaution when cleaning light fixture.
An Easier Way to Recover Your Bond
This all sounds like a lot of work and I won’t lie to you, it is. But it is necessary if you want to recover your bond. You can always get your family members, friends or employees to come together and give you a hand. Just ensure that everyone is coordinated and that they don’t cause any damage.
The safer route, however, is to hire a professional cleaning service that can guarantee a proper clean so that you can get your money back.
At Hervey Bay and Maryborough Cleaning Service, we specialise in bond/end of lease cleaning. We know how to reach those hard to clean areas that your real estate agents and landlords wouldn’t even think to look. You can welcome them on the day of inspection and invite them to bring along a magnifying glass.
Check out our bond/end of lease estimator to get an idea of just how affordable our services are.
Contact us now, we will provide you a no-obligation quotation free of charge to you. Our eager to serve and courteous staff await you.