How to Prepare For End of Lease Cleaning
Preparing for an end of lease clean doesn't have to be stressful; though it's a large undertaking, it's one where the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure can be applied to excellent effect. By starting your preparation efforts well ahead of time, you should be able to implement a hassle-free and effective end of tenancy cleaning plan if done correctly, you'll get your bond returned on time. If you're wondering how to get started, the four tips below will help you create the perfect end-of-lease organisation strategy:
Cut down on clutter
Clutter makes it many times harder to clean your home; in a cluttered house, there are more objects to rearrange while cleaning, obstacles will be present in your path, there is more to dust, more to tidy up, etc. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can also actually be hazardous; the risk of falls is increased by clutter, as is the risk of back injury due to repeated lifting.
Additionally, if your lease is due to end soon, you're likely planning on moving, making it doubly important to shed clutter in order to reduce moving costs. If you need to drastically cull excess items, try going through each room in your home, placing everything you absolutely need in one pile and everything you don't need in another (the “want” pile). Once you are done, go back and allow yourself to choose a few items from the “want” pile in each room to keep, then get rid of the rest.
Research professional cleaners in your area
While it's possible to perform end of lease cleaning on your own, it's not advised; some landlords can be incredibly picky and will use any small flaw they notice to deny you your deposit return. Having a professional cleaner come in both ensures that your home is cleaned fully and properly and shows your landlord that you made a verifiable, serious effort to maintain the space you are leasing. Like any large purchase, make sure to compare at least 3 quotes. Check the average cost to clean a home of your size and the reviews of the provider that you're vetting.
If you do decide to attempt the big bond clean on your own, be sure to at least have a professional come in to clean the carpets; only professional-grade machines can truly restore them to like-new condition.
Create a “cleaning checklist”
This will allow you to make sure that you clean everything that needs cleaning before inspection, or alternately to verify with a professional cleaning company what needs to be done and how much the fee will be.
Relocate your pets temporarily
If you have pets, board them elsewhere while you're taking care of cleaning your home or apartment. Pets, as lovely as they are to have around, are a notorious source of dirt and allergens. If possible, have your furry friends stay with a friend or relative until your residence has been cleaned and has passed inspection.
Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.