If the time has come to hand over the keys at the end of your tenancy, there’s no doubt you’ll be thinking about a checklist of things you need to do before moving out. One of these things, and a big thing to securing your bond is having your property cleaned. The end of your tenancy presents the perfect time to get your property professionally cleaned. Not only will it save you extensive time deep in elbow grease, but gives you the peace of mind knowing you’re securing your bond back when vacating your property.
There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking if you need to get your rental professional cleaned for end of lease cleaning.
Time & effort
Moving properties can be a stressful time with lots of things to think about. When it comes to cleaning, you have to consider how much work is going to be required to get it back to a point of being reasonably clean. This tends to be a lot of work, especially if you’ve been living in a property for a while. The general rule of thumb in Victoria is you need to leave the property in approximately the same condition as you received it, which more often than not when dealing with real estate agents, is spotless. A professional end of lease cleaner can take care of the cleaning for you, so you can focus on packing and moving. This can save you a lot of time, stress and makes sure you get your bond back with no obstacles. Maid to Clean’s end of lease service aims to take stress away from tenants, with organising everything from picking up keys to dealing directly with your property manager. Whether or not you decide to professionally clean your rental property at the end of your tenancy, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to do a thorough job. Cleaning can be time-consuming, so don’t wait until the last minute to get started.
Look at end of lease cleaning inclusions
When you’re considering if you need a professional end of lease clean, make sure to get a number of quotes from cleaning companies, check for their experience in this type of cleaning and inclusions.
End of lease cleaning is a thorough cleaning job different to regular house cleaning. Those experienced know what agents are looking for and what needs to be ticked off to ensure getting your bond back. So make sure this type of cleaning service is on offer, as opposed to just a general clean.
We’d also recommend getting a number of quotes and comparing inclusions on offer for each. Some companies will charge extra for things like oven cleaning and drawer clean outs. Having bond back guarantees also makes sure even if it doesn’t hit the mark the first time, you’ll pay nothing extra for any additionals your rental agent requires. Maid to Clean offers both of these things with our end of lease cleaning service, leaving you with complete peace of mind in securing your bond money back.
Beware of under quoters
Sourcing a number of quotes is important when looking to engage an end of lease clean so you can understand the range of pricing, inclusions and service you will receive. If you receive a quote that is significantly cheaper than all the others then remember, if it feels too good to be true, it probably is. End of lease cleans are often very extensive and will require anything from 5 to 20+ hours of labor. Beware of companies who “under-quote” in order to obtain your business, and then considerably increase the cost of the service on the day. This is unfortunately quite common in the End of Lease/Bond Back cleaning industry.. The best way to avoid this is to check the company’s online reviews and ensure that feedback from other customers does not point towards big price hikes on the day.
Check your end of lease contract
Another major factor to think about is your current leasing contract. Under most tenancy agreements in Victoria, the property must be ‘left in a reasonably clean condition’ at the end of the lease. This means that you’ll need to do a thorough general clean of the property, including the kitchen and bathroom. In general, you will need to leave the property in the same condition you received it. The amount of work required and how extensive your end of lease clean needs to be will depend, in part, on how long you have lived at the property. If the property is particularly dirty or there are significant stains caused by your time there, you may want to think about hiring a professional cleaner to get the place up to scratch. This is especially important if you want to ensure getting your bond back.
From the end of March 2021, a new term in rental agreements in Victoria includes that you must hire a professional cleaning company to clean the property before you move out. This applies when the property was cleaned professionally before you moved in and if the property needs to be restored to meet being ‘ in a reasonably clean state’.
So make sure you check your tenancy agreement for any specific requirements around professional end of lease cleaning. As well as making sure you leave the property in a state that you would be happy to move into yourself, whether using professionals or doing it yourself.
Give yourself peace of mind with end of lease cleaning
There is no definitive answer as to whether or not professional end of lease cleaning is necessary unless stated in your rental agreement. However, many landlords and real estate agents require a property to be in a clean state to get your deposit back. If you are unsure about whether or not you need to get professional cleaning done, it is best to err on the side of caution and leave it to the professionals like the team at Maid to Clean. That way, you can have comfort knowing your deposit will be returned to you.