If you are about to move, you may be struggling with whether or not to get the property professionally cleaned or DIY.
It is normal to have doubts since professional end of lease cleaning can be somewhat costly. Everything depends on your personal situation and how bad a condition your home is in.
If you have no time and it’s looking pretty awful, then you should go for a professional service. Often you need to spend a little to save more and this is definitely the case when it comes to receiving your bond back at 100%.
If it’s not too unacceptable, it could be an achievable goal for you to do it in a day or two. Organisation is the key.
Be careful not to underestimate the hard work required. Keep in mind that regardless of what the landlord wants you are only required to clean to the standard it was when you moved in.
In most residential tenancy agreements a steam cleaning of carpets is required. This is one area where you are helpless.
Leaving aside carpets, there are lots of things you can clean on your own.
Start your move out cleaning with these valuable tips:
- Make a list of all the activities and places you have to clean
- Have a master plan and clean the rooms one by one, don’t get stuck on one thing for hours
- Place a time limit on each room so that you’re working against the clock
- It’s easier and quicker when you have all your things already moved out
- See if you can get some help from neighbours or friends
Benefits Of Professional End Of Lease Cleaning
End of lease cleaning is much more demanding than your typical clean.
You’re often dealing with fixtures and appliances that have never been cleaned. Some real estate agents need proof that the place is cleaned professionally so make sure your cleaning company provides you with a tax receipt.
It is a good idea to ask your householder/real estate agent if they have a preferred company, as this can make getting your bond back a lot easier.
If you are on a tight budget and perhaps can’t afford to engage a company which, provides an expert level of end of lease cleaning. An option could be to share this issue with your occupier. You can explain to him/her you would like the bond back so you can hire a cleaning service. They might be more likely to release the bond if experts will clean the property.
End of lease cleaners work smarter. They are familiar with what real estate agents and landlords are looking for and make sure they deliver on this.
Some householders can refuse to return your full bond back if not satisfied with the condition of the property. The good news is, most cleaning companies will come back to fix the problem free of charge.
A professional end of lease clean lets you concentrate on your move and new home without being dragged back to your old one to clean it.
A blend of your own effort and a professional cleaning company is also a good option for end of lease cleaning.
It depends on the property – for carpeted areas professional cleaning will be a must, but for the other areas – it’s up to you whether to work on your own cleaning check list, or employ someone to do it for you.
Do you have any tips for end of lease cleaning; feel free to share your experiences below.