The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist to Get Back Your Rental Bond

Posted on 07 September, 2015 in Moving Home

One of the most nerve-wrecking things about renting a place to live is getting your rental bond back when you move out. It's hard enough packing up all you belongings, but getting the property clean to the owner's liking can be an additional hardship. 

Fortunately, the specialists at Top End Removals house moving company have extensive knowledge on anything related to cleaning and clearing out a home for a move. They have created an excellent cleaning checklist to help you receive your full deposit back once you leave the home. So, pull up your sleeves and get to work, you have your bond money waiting!

Whole House Cleaning

  • Sweep and mop all the floors throughout the house wherever there is tile or stone floor. Clean wood floors with wood-specific cleaner and a soft cloth. Any scratches on wood floors can be fixed with mineral spirits and a clean cloth. Using a stain marker to fill in scratches is also effective. Carpets should be vacuumed and if there are any significant stains, consider using a carpet steam cleaner over the entire carpet.
  • Walls need to be clean and free of any holes from hanging pictures.Touch up any scuff marks with paint and fill in holes with putty. Use sandpaper to smooth out the holes, then add the putty with a spoon, making sure it is flat, and let dry. Sand again to make sure it is even with wall, then paint.
  • Clean light fixtures, door knobs, and wipe down the doors.
  • Clean all windows inside and outside.

The Kitchen

  • Clean out all the loose pieces from the stove, refrigerator and microwave separately. Use a specific cleaner for the oven to avoid damage.
  • Mop the floors well, making sure to get all the corners and areas underneath the dishwasher and fridge.
  • Wipe the countertops, scrubbing the grout well if it is tiled, clean cupboards and drawers thoroughly.
  • Clean the sink well and make sure the faucet and handles are free of any watermarks or food stains.

The Bathrooms

  • Clean the inside of the toilets with a scrubber making sure to get the entire area. Be sure to wear gloves, it can get yucky in there! Wipe the outside of the bowl, the base, and the seating area with disinfecting wipes.
  • Spray the shower interior with a special cleaner to get all the hard water stains off. Scrub the shower walls with shower cleaner and a brush to get all the mould and mildew out.
  • Wipe the sink, mirrors and counters as well as the interior of the cabinets and drawers.

If the house has a garage, make sure that is cleared out, swept and mopped. Remove any oil and leakage stains. Make sure to sweep all outside areas like patios and terraces as well, and clean any walls if necessary.

More Ideas?

Are you a property manager with some tips of ideas that should be included on this page? Leave us a comment and we'll update our list.


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