How to Perform the Perfect Bond Clean for A Full Refund
If you've followed our blog and read our Moving House Checklist, you'll know there's more to do than just packing up your belongings and handing in the keys.
In most Australian states, you'll need to perform an end-of-lease clean to receive your full bond refund.
The purpose of a bond clean is to restore the property to its original condition so that the next set of tenants are ready to move in.
If a real estate agent or property manager determines that your clean isn't sufficient, a claim can be lodged to a tribunal where you may lose some or all of your rental deposit.
Now, this may sound scary but you shouldn't be too worried. Thousands of Melbourne and Sydney tenants move in and out of properties with no issues every month.
Better yet, we've written a comprehensive guide to ensure you leave your real estate agent or property manager with a giant smile.
1. Review your Original Condition Report
They say "planning makes perfect" and we couldn't agree more. The first step to reducing the burden of a bond clean is to find out if there are any areas in the property that you might be able to skip entirely.
When a tenant first moves into a property, they'll most likely fill in an Original Condition Report. This document is used to note any specific areas of concern to your real estate agent. Where there are issues with a property before moving in, you can disregard them during your bond clean.
Here are some examples of issues that fall into this category:
- If the property has been left unkept, specifically in regards to outdoor areas such as gardens and backyards
- If the carpets were not steam cleaned prior to moving in a normal vacuum will suffice
- Where the property has already accrued significant wear and tear
- Where there are damages that to the property which was not rectified prior to moving in
- Where areas were not cleaned beforehand (provide before and after photos)
2. Unfurnished the Property
One of the most crucial things to do before cleaning your property is to move out beforehand.
Leaving your place completely unfurnished has two benefits. Firstly, you won't have to move boxes or furniture around while cleaning. And secondly, you won't have to worry about making another mess while moving out.
From the dust bunnies hidden under the sofa to the piles of clothing in your wardrobe, there are plenty of places to overlook with a furnished home. Emptying out your property will give you the best chance to address all these issues in one go.
3. Perform the Perfect Clean
Most likely your agent will provide the exact specifications required for your end-of-lease clean. If not, you can always use an end-of-lease cleaning to work your way through the property.
You'll want to work your way through the property, one room at a time. We tend to start with the most difficult (kitchen and bathrooms), leaving the other rooms to the end.
Here are just a few of the things you'll need to cover.
- Vacuum all carpets
- Sweep and mop all hard surfaces
- Wash window, sills, and tracks
- Dust and wash all blinds
- Clean skirting boards
- Remove cobwebs
- Full wall wash of walls
- Wipe down light switches
- Wipe down power points
- Clean light fixtures
- Clean the oven and cooktops
- Degrease the rangehood
- Clean all cupboards, wipe down the exteriors of cabinets, and empty out the drawers
- Wipe down all visible surfaces including the benchtop and backsplash
- Clean the kitchen sink, handles, and spouts
- Clean any appliances that remain (microwave, dishwasher, fridge)
- Clean the bathtub and basins
- Clean and disinfect toilets
- Wash all tiled surfaces
- Wash the showerhead and faucet
- Clean vanity and medicine cabinet
- Vacuum all carpets
- Empty and clean wardrobes
Laundry (If necessary)
- Sweep and mop floors of laundry
- Wipe down washer and dryer
- Remove lint
Balcony (If necessary)
- Sweep floors
- Wash patio doors and tracks
- Wash window, sills, and tracks
4. Hire Bond Cleaning Professionals
Depending on the size of your property (studio, apartment, or house), you might be completely overwhelmed by the requirements outlined above. And unlike the average tenant who may be completely new to this process, professional cleaners will have all the necessary skills to perform tasks efficiently and to a much higher standard of quality. If your budget doesn't have strict requirements, you might want to consider hiring professional bond cleaning in Sydney to help with the task.
5. Passing the Final Inspection
Breathe a sigh of relief because you're nearly there. Even after performing the perfect end-of-lease clean, many tenants lose out on their bond deposits for reasons other than the clean itself.
Repair any damages
Over the course of a tenancy, you'll likely have done some damage to the property.
While minor things like paint chips or floor marks can easily be resolved with some elbow grease, significant damage may require the use of trade. Maybe you forgot to read "How To Avoid Damage to Furniture When Moving?" and put a hole in the wall. Just be sure to check with your property manager before attempting any major renovations.
Don't Forget to Return the Keys.
We know it sounds ridiculous, but some tenants forget to return their keys. This minor inconvenience to agents can cost renters a few hundred dollars.
Why so expensive? Well, you have to consider that each key may need to be recut and replaced. Even worse, if it's the only set that exists agents may recommend replacing the locks themselves because of security concerns.
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