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.

DIY cleaning

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.

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  • You still have to be careful with landlords/agents. I work for a cleaning company & we’ve had a case where the tenant organised the bond clean & the landlord refused our company to return & fix up a few things they weren’t happy with, they decided to do it themselves. Then claimed $600 from the tenants bond for doing 5 minutes worth of cleaning.


  • I am a member of a Tribunal that regularly hears disputes between agents and lessors on end of lease cleaning and invariably any outgoing lessor that opts for self cleaning runs into a difference of opinion on cleaning standards with the agent/landlord.
    My advice is to choose the Agent’s/Landlord’s preferred supplier and you will avoid arguments in this area, however just keep in mind that the Tribunal only allows an agent to claim $30 per hour plus GST for this service, which in some states is called a “Bond” clean


  • Great article, full of good practical ideas.We have moved several times and now have the clean up down pat .Once we know we are moving the process starts, the getting rid of bits and pieces, donating clothes bits and bob to charities. Each room starts to get a spring clean and get packed up, so come to actual moving and cleaning its not such a big deal because everything is basically clean and only needs a going over and not a full on sandblast job.


  • I have always left my properties in much better shape than when I rented them. It just makes me happy when I get a great report back from the real estate. Sugar soap and window cleaner get the job done in no time.


  • We are going through this now. With a planned vacation of rental property in Jan we have a checklist of things we have to do, but we are lucky our landlords are happy with just a standard weekly clean. Our main focus is showers and oven. Argh I hate cleaning the oven. Any helpful ideas?


  • I find it’s best to starting cleaning a few weeks before the big move and then everything just needs a once over when the house is empty.


  • If I had the money I would always get a place professionally cleaned. So much easier…but as it is we usually pay to get the carpets done and get family and friends to help with the rest.


  • We never had our rented properties professionally cleaned and lucky for us, the last time we moved, they decided they wanted to put new carpets in so didn’t even have to get that done! We just tackle everything with sugar soap!


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