End of Lease Cleaning Tips

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When your tenancy is coming to an end, planning for moving is usually one of the major things you will think about. One other equally important aspect that you are likely to overlook is cleaning. It is your responsibility to clean the house at the end of your tenancy not just because it's the right thing to do, but many landlords will actually determine the amount of deposit to give back to you based on such things. For this reason, if you don't want a huge amount being deducted from your deposit, you will make an effort to plan for cleaning. If you've never done this before, it might be quite challenging so here are a few tips to help you.

Start with Your Tenancy Agreement

Many tenants are likely to overlook reading the whole tenancy agreement, which is a bad thing. At the end of the lease, you can clean the house yourself or hire a professional. Your choice may be affected by the tenancy agreement. For some landlords, you must use professional cleaning services to make you eligible for the full bond return. Therefore, start with the tenancy agreement before you do anything else. If you can't find the agreement, you can also check the inventory. It should tell you the standards to which the house was cleaned at the time you were moving in.

Move First

You want the removalists to come first before you start your end of lease cleaning. This is simply because cleaning with all your stuff still inside the house will be a challenge. Manoeuvring around items in your house will make your cleaning stressful. In addition, cleaning with the items still inside just means you are adding too much for yourself because you will need to cover some of the items, such as electronic or furniture to prevent damages. Besides, you are likely to do a poor cleaning job when your items are still inside.

Work in A Top-Down Fashion

This means that if you are doing the cleaning yourself, start from the ceilings and the walls as you work your way down the floor. As you clean the top sections of the house, the dirt will accumulate on the floor, which means you will only clean it once.  

Once you are done with the cleaning, it's essential that you do a minor inspection of your work. Doing this will help you find any places you missed and rectify the mistakes.