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Published on July 16th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor


Handy Tips from Experts for End of Lease Cleaning

When your lease is up and you are moving out of your apartment, it is your responsibility to clean out the apartment. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is also the only way that you are going to get your security deposit back. If you are ending your lease, you should keep these tips in mind.

  1. Don’t start your end of tenancy cleaning until you are completely moved out. Cleaning around your items is too much work.
  2. You should clean from top to bottom. If you work from the ceilings to the floor, you don’t need to worry about cleaning the floor twice.
  3. Dust or vacuum the windows and shades. You can make them look new again with a little TLC.
  4. When you are cleaning the bathroom, don’t just stop with the tub, the sink, and the toilet. You should also focus on the fixtures and the tile. If the grout between the tiles is dirty, it will have a negative effect on the entire appearance of the bathroom.
  5. Wipe down the baseboards. They may not be the first thing that people notice when they walk into the apartment, but the landlord will notice if they are covered in dirt and debris.
  6. Make sure that you empty out all of your cupboards. It is not your landlord’s responsibility to get rid of your old food. After you have emptied your cupboards, you should wipe down the insides.
  7. It is very important that you clean and degrease all of your appliances. You should leave the appliances in the same condition that they were in when you moved in.
  8. It is not uncommon for grease to splatter on the walls around your appliances. You should wipe down all of the kitchen walls to make sure that no grease or grime is left behind.
  9. When you are emptying out your closets, be sure to clean the shelves on top. Getting up on a chair to wipe down the shelf will also give you a chance to make sure that you are not leaving anything behind.
  10. Make sure that you take everything from the apartment before you leave. If you leave unwanted furniture behind, your landlord can charge you to dispose of it. This cost can be taken from your security deposit.
  11. If you used nails to hang pictures on the walls, you should fill in the holes and repaint. If your landlord is forced to do this, they can take the money from your security deposit. It will be cheaper for you to do it yourself.
  12. If you have carpets, be sure to vacuum thoroughly. If the carpets are stained beyond normal wear and tear, you should consider renting a steam cleaner. Your landlord can charge you a great deal of money if they need to have the carpets cleaned themselves.
  13. Don’t forget to clean all of the door frames. You should also focus on the doors and the door knobs These can often be one of the dirtiest areas of the home, especially if you have children.
  14. Before you leave the apartment for the last time, do a final inspection. Make sure that everything looks good and smells good before you walk out of the home for the last time.

If you are leaving your apartment and you want to get your security deposit back, the place needs to be clean. If you don’t have the time or the energy to do the final cleanup, you can hire a company who specializes in personalized end of lease cleaning in Canberra, such as Blue Cleaning Group.

This post has been sponsored by Blue Cleaning Group.

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