Your lease is up. You’re moving on, leaving what has been ‘home’ – perhaps for a few months, maybe for years.
Moving out of a rental residential property requires more than packing your bags, a quick ‘lick and spit’ clean and handing the keys back, particularly if you want your whole bond returned.
The rental bond – some call it a ‘rental deposit’ – can be as much as four weeks’ rent held in trust.
It’ll be returned to you as long as you don’t owe the landlord rent and you leave the property in a fit state.
Veteran professional cleaner Gary Owen, Elite Carpet Cleaning franchisee in Tamworth, New South Wales, recommends following the check-list provided by your letting agent or landlord.
The end-of-lease checklist will include:
- washing walls
- cleaning the bathroom and kitchen thoroughly
- removing all rubbish properly
- removing cobwebs
- cleaning windows
- mowing the lawn
- cleaning carpets.
Most letting agents and landlords will expect the carpet to be professionally cleaned. Read the fine print of your contract.
“Some tenants will try to use a DIY carpet cleaning machine. It’s not worth the shortcut. Agents and landlords can tell the difference,” Gary says.
While ordinary ‘fair wear and tear’ in high traffic areas is usually accepted (particularly if you’ve lived in the house or unit for a few years), cigarette burns and stains on the carpet are your responsibility. You may be penalised.
The carpet cleaning method used by Elite removes most stubborn stains and provides a deep hygienic clean as well as a thorough vacuum and deodorise.
Carpet cleaning is often the last big job before final inspection. The furniture will be out of the place. If you have pets, the flea treatment is done after the carpet clean.
Gary says your Elite carpet cleaner will provide a receipt and a written report on the carpet’s condition after it has been cleaned.
“We find tenants who use Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning for an end of lease carpet cleaning do not get their bond held back because of dirty carpets,” he says.