Moving out at the end of lease
Moving out of your home can be very stressful. When it’s time to vacate, the property must be restored back to its original condition in order to get your bond back. This usually means you will need to spend many hours on cleaning and tidying.
Although not difficult, please be aware that cleaning at this stage is much more time consuming than regular cleaning. As a rule of thumb, it generally takes 2 to 3 times as much time to do a full end of lease clean than a regular weekly clean.
Also, you will only receive your bond back once the property is fully cleaned. Otherwise, you will be asked to return, or the real estate agents finds a cleaner for you.
It is in everyone’s best interests that you receive your full bond back. Home owners prefer their investment property be rentable straight away than to take money from the bond to fix damages.
Real Estate agents generally dislike re-inspections and chasing tenants. However, in the event of a dispute even trying your best, you can visit the Tenants Union of Victoria for help.
End of Lease cleaning checklist
See below for a list of the most common areas that renters miss out when they clean. You will see that it is significantly more extensive than general cleaning.Wiping window sills
Cleaning Window Screens
Wiping and Dusting Window Coverings and BLinds
Dusting of light switches
Wiping of light fittings and power points
Clearing filters from air condition units and exhaust fans
Wiping staircase handrails
Wiping doors and door frames
For a more comprehensive list, you can download our Ultimate End of Lease checklist here.
Some landlords and real estate agents request for carpets to be steam cleaned once a year, but this is not a requirement under law.
However, generally professional carpet cleaning is required at the end of lease. You will need to check your contract to see what you have signed. Be aware that some contracts also state that hiring your own machine is unacceptable.