Getting an end of lease clean isn’t about what you want. What’s important is what your property manager wants, especially if you want to get back your bond deposit.
Your real estate agent or property manager will determine whether an end of lease clean is to their satisfaction by consulting the initial condition report that you signed alongside your tenancy agreement.
For every part of the rental property that doesn’t tally with the initial condition report, money will be deducted from your bond deposit. The more the deductions, the lower the bond refund you’ll get. Many tenants end up getting zero refund because they refuse to take the end of lease cleaning seriously. If you hire a professional service for end of lease cleaning Canberra, you greatly increase your chances for getting your bond money back.
The initial condition report lists the condition of the property before you moved in. If you want to get your bond deposit back, the end of lease clean must restore the property to that condition before you move out.
To achieve this, you need to ensure that the end of lease cleaner you choose to work with has a checklist that matches the Initial Condition Report. You can further increase the chances of getting all or most of your bond deposit by doing the following:
- Put away pictures and furniture: Taking these out of the way will enable your end of lease cleaner to get to all surfaces without impediments
- Get a professional to clean the carpet: A professional bond cleaner should be able to do this and provide you with a receipt. Most property managers ask for a receipt to prove a professional steam cleaner did the carpets.
- Get a skip: The skip will look around the rental property and ensure that there’s no rubbish lying around. Finding rubbish is grounds for a property manager to deduct a removal company’s fees from your bond deposit.
- Clean all nooks and crannies: Make sure the bond cleaner cleans the light fittings, ceilings, bathroom fixtures, windows, oven, and other appliances in the house.
Aside from cleaning, property managers also look for damages to the property. You will not be held liable for damages that count as fair wear and tear – that is, damages that are expected to occur while living in a property even though you take reasonable care.
If damage doesn’t count as fair wear and tear, its cost will come out of your bond deposit. Examples of such damages are:
- Carpet stains or burn marks
- Wooden floors with bad scratches or gouges
- Damage done by pets to furniture, walls, curtains, or other parts of the property
- Broken windows or fixtures, or holes in the walls
- Unapproved paint job
- Burns or cuts in the kitchen benchtop
A few weeks before returning the keys to the property manager, check for such damages and fix them if possible to ensure you get the maximum back from your deposit.
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