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Moving home can be a stressful experience, and having to arrange for your rental property to be cleaned before handing back the keys can be a last-minute hassle. If it's not done to the real estate agent's satisfaction, you could even end up losing your bond.
We've put together this guide to help you take the stress out of this part of your next move.
To get your bond back from the real estate agent at the end of your lease, you need to return the property in the condition it was rented out to you. This means it needs a thorough clean of the grime and dust that accumulates not just on the floors, walls, surfaces and skirting boards, but in appliances and cupboards and under furniture too.
Whether you are doing the cleaning yourself or arranging a professional cleaning service, there are several steps to the process:
Hiring an end of lease cleaner removes one more thing from your to-do list. It's more convenient than having to do the work yourself, especially when you no doubt have a lot to do in your new home. You'll save time as a professional team will be able to clean the property faster than you, and you can leave them to it while you tackle the rest of your to-do list.
Even better, hiring a cleaner will make it more likely you'll get your bond back, as they will know what needs addressing to make sure the real estate agent approves the clean. You will receive an invoice to show them that you had the property cleaned professionally, and most cleaners provide a bond back guarantee so that if the agent is not happy with the result they will return to address any issues.
Allow enough time to hire the cleaner so you don't have to scramble at the last minute to find one that is available and doesn't charge higher fees for urgent bookings.
You may decide to do the cleaning yourself to save on the cost of hiring an end of lease cleaner. If you are going to do this, make sure you allow enough time for each room and work to a checklist. If you have the flexibility of breaking up the work over several days it won't feel like a massive task.
An end of lease clean will usually include thorough cleaning of each room in the property, with particular attention given to the kitchen and bathroom. The number of cleaners that come will depend on the size of the property and the length of time they have to do the work. The main tasks they will carry out include:
You can also agree with the cleaner to steam clean curtains and upholstery. Although cleaners have some flexibility in what they will do, they won't carry out maintenance and renovation tasks.
The cost of an end of lease clean depends on the size of the property and roughly how long it will take. It also depends on how clean it is already, whether you will provide the cleaning supplies, how soon you need the work done and whether it will be on a weekday or weekend.
End of lease cleaning costs can range from upwards of $100 for a studio apartment to more than $300 for a house with several bedrooms. Services like steam cleaning will usually incur an additional charge.
The length of time to complete an end of lease clean will depend on the size of the property and how many cleaners there are. To use a rough estimate, a small apartment can take two cleaning professionals 2-4 hours, a large apartment or small house can take 4-6 hours, and a large house can take a full day.
Arranging an end of lease clean well before you return the keys to your property can remove a tedious task from your moving checklist. If you choose to do it yourself, make sure you have the right cleaning supplies and allow plenty of time to clean each room thoroughly. If you hire a professional cleaner, you can save time and make it more likely you'll get your bond back, as most offer a bond back guarantee. Just be sure to book a service with good reviews and clear contract terms.
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