Guide to Bond Cleaning Leading up to your Move

by Amit Kakar
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Bond cleaning is the cleaning required by statute (represented by the real estate agent) of your unit or house in order for the bond deposit you paid when you first rented the property to be refunded.
If your exit cleaning is not to a good enough quality at the end of your contract, you can risk any and potentially even your entire bond.

A very, very thorough clean of your home and unit is an escape, step out or bond clean.

Type for Real Estate Condition
There will be a real estate status form for both you and your real estate agent that describes the condition of each room in your house. This requires the quantity of wall hooks or nails, any stains or damage that has already been done when you moved in.

This type of real estate condition will then be used to verify if anything is exactly the same in the home as when you first moved in, enabling fair wear and tear.

In different jurisdictions, the property condition type has different names. It’s called the Entrance Condition Report in Queensland, for instance.

What’s Washing Bonds?
The following are usually included in a bond clean or exit clean:-

Both the inside and exterior windows
Carpets are washed with steam.
Wiped off the inside and top of both cupboards
Tidy yard, away from litter and mowed grass
Sparking the swimming pool where there is one
Walls washing
Ensuring that all window finishings are clean, such as blinds and curtains
Removing and polishing flies and debris from all light fixtures
Vacuuming all floors and mopping
Cleaning with all tracks for the window
A thoroughly washed oven
Ensure the washing down of all surfaces and the elimination of any new stains or markings
Washing the fans for the extractor
Ensuring that the skirting boards are free from stains and dust

One month from the expiration of your contract
In most situations, before you vacate the house, the leasing agreement would have a phrase that states the carpets must be properly washed. It’s now time to book a specialist carpet cleaner to come the day before the agent/landlord hands the keys back. Mind that you can keep a copy of the invoice!
Your lease agreement can also say that (especially if you have had pets) you need to have pest control done on your house. You are liable, as a homeowner, for leaving the property pest-free. Using the intervening weeks to arrange the spraying of your land by a licensed pest control operator.

Do they have lawns on your property? If so, in the last week of your tenancy, make sure they are mowed. Book a gardener/handyman to mow the lawns for you if you don’t own a mower to do this yourself.

Seven days before the termination of the lease
Clean your rental property outside

Dust the garage and vacuum it out. Does it need de-greasing for your floor? Remove any residual cobwebs and use bug spray to spray the outside field.

Remove all the trees, slash the trees, mow the lawns and spray the field with weed killer (if necessary). Do any dying plants need to be replaced?

Keep an eye out for cigarette butts and bottle tops left in the garden whether you have some discarded rubbish in the backyard, and collect them before you leave.

Scrub down your driveway and pay careful attention to your car’s remaining oil stains or tyre traces.

Within your rental house, clean

Remove the light fixtures and wash them, then rinse and replace them. Check your globes of light-are they in working order? Modify and replace any blown globes.

Look at the blinds and curtains. Is there any gravel, dust or marks you can spot? If you’re wearing Venetian blinds, it’s a smart idea to scrub them with a clean lattice. They will be able to wash those curtains. If not, to clear any remaining dirt and dust, vacuuming will help.

Wipe them clean whether you have air conditioners or ceiling fans (and the internal filters). For the smoke detector, the same goes. Delete the kitchen, toilet, and bathroom exhaust fans, and then wash and repair them.

Are there any floating spots on the walls or inspection spots? In a bucket of warm water with a towel, use sugar soap or a gentle detergent. (But first inspect a tiny area to ensure that the color remains intact).

Three days until the expiration of your contract

Get the windows washed

By cleaning all the cobwebs outside the building with a cobweb remover or broom, keep the windows in top condition.

By gently driving a screwdriver over the tracks to release some debris, take a look at your window tracks to rid them of dirt and build-up. Have a vacuum (the tightest nozzle you have) in there and then wipe clean with a wet rag.

Before taking it out and replacing the fly screen, place a screwdriver under the screen, pick it up and slide it to the left or right. Don’t strain the screens because quickly they’ll bend. If needed, hose down the fly screen.

Handy tip: Too tight fly screens? Or are there surveillance screens or second-floor exits for you? Generally, the sliding windows will come out from the inside. Only look to see if you need (but don’t forget to tighten them back up) to remove the screws at the top of the glass.

How to make a window squeegee

Using a sponge scourer to soap the window and clear all the soil and build-up. Wipe the top edge with a dry towel to help minimize streaking. Now the window is all damp and soapy. Slide the squeegee with a firm, constant pressure down the pane.

Clean the squeegee blade after each stroke and continue until you’re done. Make sure that each stroke marginally overlaps the last to prevent lines.

Finally, with a wet rag, wipe the edges and erase any lingering traces on the windows. Wipe the window ledge and the cover.

Use less water on your sponge and put a towel under the window to stop any internal water damage. Handy tip: The inner windows can be washed the same way. (This approach can be extended to large mirrors and shower displays too!)

Two days to the expiration of your contract (your final day of cleaning)

Clean the restrooms

It’s time for all the pieces of your toilet to be disinfected and washed, along with the fittings, the cistern, behind the toilet and tubing. The best practice is to use a paper towel, spray disinfectant and some plastic gloves (this keeps everything safe and hygienic).

Using the spray disinfectant and a towel to scrub the wall tiles and wipe off your dusty walls. Finally, use a toilet bowl cleaner and a toilet brush to rinse the bottom of the bowl.

Your living spaces, bedrooms, hallways

Vacuum your cupboards and wardrobes and wash before drying with wet, soapy water. Delete all personal hooks, sticky tape or posters as well as residue. Some cobwebs or stains on your walls? Try using sugar soap or a gentle detergent in a bucket to wipe them off. Pay careful attention to the light switches you have.

Cleaning kitchens

Delete all components to clean your oven (range hood, stove, and knobs if they come off). Soak yourself overnight in clean, soapy water. Scrub until clean with a firm scourer. As per oven cleaner guidelines, clean the oven glass. Take careful heed to the bottle.

Cleaning toilets

To start cleaning your bathroom, vacuum your toilet. Before you get started, this will clear any hair and loose things. With a crème cleanser and a scouring towel, wet the tub. Pay careful attention to the corners, frame of the door and top of the tub until there is no stain on the soap scum, mould or rust. To make sure your drain is hair-free, search! Use water to clean your tub and squeegee your shower glass.

Areas for washing

Your sink for washing may have a build-up of calcium or rust. This can be removed with a sponge crème cleanser and scourer. You will need to apply the same procedure here to search the laundry cupboards. Wipe off all the tap fittings and wall tiles covering them. With the crème cleanser, wipe any last stains off the surface.

Flooring

Lastly, clean the whole home. It will make sure the carpet cleaner is prepared to come tomorrow. Sweep all rough surfaces, then mop as a final move. On the surface, don’t leave any hair or dirt. Do the last sweep of the patio.

One day before your keys are returned,

Today, the carpets should be swept professionally. Do a last walk-through of this checklist after it’s done to ensure that your property is in the right handover condition to prevent any tenancy issues with your rental bond.

It might sound like a job to clean your gutters that can wait, but the longer you put it off, the more work you will have in the future.

Various conditions can be avoided by brushing the gutters:

Water damage from blocked downspouts that overflow;
Danger of fire from dried leaves;
Pests that nest in the rubble and make their way to your house;
Damaged gutters from the clogging of leaves and twigs and downspouts;
Gutters started coming down because the damage had not been taken care of in time.
Once in spring, and once in autumn, you can vacuum them at least twice a year. And while this mission sounds straightforward, if you are thinking about doing the job yourself, there are a few things you should know.

In a healthy and easy way, learn how to clean gutters.

Tools for Gutter Cleaning You’ll Need
Ladder 
It is critical for your safety to choose an adequate ladder. Since they are solid and sturdy, a four-legged step ladder would be your best alternative for a single-story home. You would require an extension ladder for a two-storey building. For rough terrain or whether you have to position the ladder on stairs, others have flexible legs. Many ladders have guidelines for protection, so make sure to obey them.

We may not suggest wooden ladders as far as the material is concerned, as they also become brittle over time. The best are fibreglass ladders, but they weigh a great deal. An aluminum ladder is our best choice because they both provide sufficient support and are lightweight.

Bucket 
In order to sort the garbage, you would need a bin. Use hooks to tie the bucket to the ladder for quick entry. This ensures that both your hands are free and you don’t have to balance the bucket on the ladder or on the roof, both of which can be a safety hazard.

Trowel of the Garden / Side scoop
To take out packed debris, use a hand scoop or a rubber garden trowel. As they are lighter than their metal counterparts, we consider using plastic instruments and they won’t break the seams or scrape the rim. And tiny scratches will make your gutters vulnerable to corrosion and decay, which would inevitably cause you to fully change them.

Hose for Sewage
You will need a water hose to flush out the majority of the debris until you’re finished sweeping.

Gloves to service
Choose a pair of heavy gloves for work. For this work, leather ones are fine. Place latex or plastic gloves under them while you’re sweeping up damp debris.

You can come into contact with sharp objects, so your hands can also be covered from painful wounds by a good pair of gloves. Gutter debris, which is full of potentially harmful bacteria, will also conceal nasty surprises, such as birds or mouse droppings.

 

How to Properly Sweep Gutters
Be careful of the power lines
First, protection. Often ensure a minimum width of 3 meters (10 ft.) from the power lines while sweeping gutters. For it to be dangerous, you don’t need to cross the power lines. Electricity could leap! This 3-meter radius is still preserved, even with your tools. When you are about to sweep the gutters, keep some electrical cables in mind, since they can pose a significant potential danger to your wellbeing. Where a power line cable occurs, visual inspection of the cable is often done. If the protective wire insulation is broken, do not try to patch it yourself. To repair it, contact a licensed electrician and don’t continue to clean the gutters until then. To take care of the issue, call skilled gutter cleaners if a power line is closer than 3 meters from your house.

Prepare the tools for the ladder and
Prepare all the supplies in advance so that you do not have to go too far up and down the ladder. On strong and stable floors, position the ladder. Inspect it first before ascending. Be sure there are no loose bolts or screws and there are no flaws. If they are safely locked in place, check the hinges. Using hooks, hang the bucket on the ladder.

Remove the wreckage from the gutters
The key component now is washing the gutters. By side, remove large debris including leaves and twigs. The trowel or gutter scoop is then used to scrape compacted particles.

Sector washing. Get down from the ladder and move it a little more to one side, until you’re finished with one sector. Repeat the mechanism.

Flush the downspouts and unclog them,
It’s time to vacuum the downspouts after you are finished washing the gutters.
It needs to be disconnected as the downspout attaches directly to an underground drain. This is to ensure that the debris will not travel underground, which will make it much more difficult to deal with your situation.

Let the downspout strainers disconnected and washed. Run the water down the sprout at maximum pressure using a hose. This will not show you if there are any leaks or whether there are clogged downspouts. Whether you can see the water rising again or there is not any water flowing from the other side, there is a clog! There is a need to flush the downspout from the bottom up. Get the hose to the opposite end and, at high speed, run the water up the downspout. This is the simplest unclogging strategy.

Re-run the water from the surface to look for leaks and other concerns. The gutter is not adequately sloped if there’s standing water. To change them and even them out, call a competent handyman. Reattach out on to the downspouts.