One of the best parts of ending a lease is the opportunity of having your bond transferred back into your bank account. But getting your bond back is usually contingent on leaving the premises in spotless condition.
Which begs the question – is it better to DIY your end of lease cleaning, or opt for a professional service? Well, for most parts of your property, the answer depends.
Indoor areas – DIY or professional are both options
For most of your property, you’re usually free to make the decision of whether you want to do the cleaning yourself, or leave it up to the professionals.
Your decision will probably depend on a few factors. If you’re a neat and tidy person and don’t mind a bit of elbow grease, then DIY can be a good way of ensuring that the property is in exactly the kind of state you’d expect it to be.
On the other hand, if cleaning doesn’t come naturally to you, or if there are difficult-to-clean areas such as decorative cornices, high ceilings, built-in cupboards and tiled areas, a professional cleaner may be the better option. Most cleaning companies are experienced in end-of-lease cleaning, so this can be a good option for ensuring that you get your bond back.
Outdoor areas – check your lease
The tidiness requirements of your property’s outdoor areas can depend on your lease agreement.
For some properties, these areas are “shared”, and are the body corporate’s responsibility. In these cases, you won’t have to worry about mowing the lawn or weeding the garden beds. Other agreements may stipulate that you’re in charge of these areas, and whether you want to get your hands dirty weeding, mowing and trimming will depend on the time you have, and your budget.
A professional gardener will have all of the equipment needed to do the job, and will know what’s involved in making sure that the garden is in tip-top shape. On the other hand, if your budget is tight, you have all the equipment that you need, or you keep the garden in good shape anyway, a DIY approach may be a good option.
Steam cleaning of carpets – professional service
For most lease agreements, the steam cleaning of carpets is one area where DIYing doesn’t cut the mustard – no matter how much of a clean freak you are. Lease agreements usually contain a clause requiring you to hire professional carpet cleaners to clean the property before you are able to get your bond back, and proof of payment is usually required as well.
Depending on the property, a mix of DIY and professional cleaning can be a good option for end-of-lease cleaning. For carpeted areas, professional cleaning – with accompanying receipt – is usually a must, but for other areas, it’s up to you whether you decide to work to your own cleaning checklist, or employ someone to do it for you.