By Chelsea Keim // Place Coorparoo
The dreaded “end of lease” clean can be daunting and stressful, but believe it or not, if you’re well prepared it will be a breeze.
There are a number of other steps you need to tick off before you leave the property.
We sat down with Property Manager, Ethan Schultz, to get his top tips on what to do to make sure you get your full bond back.
1. Use the right bond cleaners
Remember, you get what you pay for when it comes to cleaners. I have had tenants in the past use bond cleaners from Gumtree that weren’t even a registered business (BIG NO NO!)
It’s best to use a reputable cleaner and carpet cleaner. Sometimes it’s best and easier to just use the cleaners your property manager suggests.
2. Make sure every little detail is clean
Thoroughly clean every detail of the home. This includes, the oven, the dishwasher, showers, sinks etc.
People sometimes forget about these things.
3. DO NOT attempt any repairs yourself
If any damage has occurred at the property, it’s best not to try and repair it yourself. If the repairs are not up to standard, it’ll actually cost you more than it would have to hire someone to fix it.
Let your property manager know of any damage and you can work with them to find the best price and outcome to fix the issue.
4. Refer to the Property Manager’s exit guide/checklist
Make sure you take a second and thorough look at the document that gets sent over after the notice to leave has been sent.
A full checklist on what to do and what to clean when exiting the property is supplied.
5. Return keys
Ensure your keys are returned to your property manager's office the day you vacate.
If you don't return them before your vacate date, rent will be charged until the keys are with your property manager.
6. Hand in your exit condition report
Always hand in your exit condition report when you hand in your keys. This will be sent to you along with your vacating documents.
7. Ensure your payments are paid in full
Before vacating, ask your property manager to give you a final figure of rent owing to the vacate date, along with any invoice that may be outstanding, including, water and electricity.