The trick to a hassle-free exit from your lease is organising your cleaning regime within a proper timeframe. Use these tips to make your next bond clean a success.
Moving out cleaning checklist
BATHROOM & LAUNDRY
- Basin: Clean your basin and drain, wipe down your benchtops, any wall tiles and taps.
- Mirrors: Clean down all mirrors and remove any wipe marks.
- Shower: Clean the shower glass, the taps and the showerhead. Remove any mould from the grout, mop the floor and allow the area to dry thoroughly. Wash the shower curtain.
- Toilet: Scrub and disinfect around the outside of the bowl and under the seat.
Don’t forget: Wipe down any soap holders, towel rails, toilet paper holder, ceiling fan, and exhaust!
INSIDE YOUR RENTAL
- Airconditioning unit: Wipe outside of air conditioning units and clean filters.
- Carpets: Get your carpets professionally cleaned if required. Check your lease agreement.
- Cupboards & drawers: Empty and wipe them clean.
- Fans: Dust fans and wipe down.
- Floors: Sweep/vacuum and then mop any floors.
- Flyscreens: Remove, wash and put back.
- Ledges: Wipe clean all ledges, including sliding door tracks, skirting boards, tops of doors and windows.
- Lights: Clean all your light switches and lights. Replace any non-working bulbs.
- Walls: Wipe down all walls. Scrub any marks, and fix dents or holes. Repaint if necessary. Remove any cobwebs from the corners of rooms.
- Windows: Clean all windows and doors, inside and out. Don’t forget the window tracks and blinds.
Don’t forget: If the owner provided any appliance or furniture, it should be cleaned and left in the condition you found it.
- Benches: Wipe down all surface areas and walls.
- Cooking areas: Clean your oven, the racks and the stovetop. Remove any wipe marks.
- Cupboards: Empty all cupboards and wipe them down.
- Dishwasher: Clean inside your dishwasher and racks. Remove any food from the filter and rinse it out.
- Exhaust: Clean any oil marks, wash the filters and ensure the light is working.
- Extractor fan: Remove any dust and oil.
- Fridge: Pull out the refrigerator and clean behind and underneath.
- Sinks: Remove any food from the drain and clean down the taps.
- Driveway: Remove any oil stains on your driveway.
- Garage: Empty the garage space, clean any oil marks, dirt, remove cobwebs, and clean down the door.
- Patios: Clean and hose down any patio areas, remove cobwebs. Don’t forget to clean any appliances.
- Pets: Clean up any animal mess and repair any damage.
- Pools & spas: Clean debris from the water and filter. Check for any special conditions in your tenancy agreement.
- Rubbish bins: If applicable, wash and dry.
- Windows: Clear away cobwebs, wash and dry.
- Yard: Mow your lawn, weed the garden, trim any overhanging trees and sweep the pavement.
How much does end of lease cleaning cost?
If you’re time-poor or would prefer to have a professional step in, moving out cleaning services are available. The cost of a bond clean varies based on your location, the size of your home, and how much cleaning is needed.
Moving out cleaning services in Australia will typically charge either a flat fee ranging from $200 to $1,000 or an hourly rate between $20-50.
Carpet steam cleaning can also be charged per sqm or as a flat fee, depending on the number of rooms you have.
Window cleaning may be included as part of an end of lease clean, but if not, this will be charged as a flat fee by the hour. The cost of a window clean will vary depending on the number and size of windows, the ease of access to the windows and the amount of dirt to clean.
Hot tip: Don’t accept the first quote you’re given. Get quotes from at least three different cleaning professionals in your area to find the best price for your property and needs.
Lauren Vardy is the Content Manager at Rent.com.au, Australia's largest company dedicated to renters (ASX:RNT). Lauren has worked with Rent.com.au since 2015 and manages the Rent.com.au Blog. Formerly a journalist with Fairfax Media and Rural Press, Lauren has worked with multiple media groups in Australia and internationally on a freelance basis through publications including the Esperance Express, Southeast Asia Globe, Colosoul Magazine, The Sunday Times, and more.