Living in a sharehouse can be one of the best and worst times of your life.
Usually you’re young, living with friends, it’s your first time out of home and when you move out you have a minor breakdown over the many, many things that need to be done in order to get your bond back. We know what it’s like to have to wrangle 3 other people to help clean every inch of every surface, horizontal and vertical, inside and outside of an entire house.
Sure, you could search for cleaning services online and that would solve a great deal of your woes related to cleaning, but it’ll work out cheaper if you do some yourself first. So to make it a bit easier for you and your housemates, we’ve put together a list of 6 steps towards getting your bond back.
Gardens are actually a crucial part of getting your bond back.
Your landlord or real estate agents care about either selling or renting the house again, and the fastest way to do this for them is to ensure that first impressions are good. A clean and tidy garden is the first good impression a house can make, so be sure to mow the lawns, weed the garden beds and sweep up and dispose of the trimmings a few days before your end-of-lease date.
The walls will usually be OK without too much cleaning, but it’s worth it to dilute some bleach in water and go to town on the darker spots to get that fresh paint glow. The mixture you should use is one part bleach to 6-10 parts water, which will allow you to effectively clean off the surfaces without damaging the paint underneath them. Don’t forget to clean the door hinges, doors, door handles and light switches too, as these tend to get much dirtier than you realise over the time you spend in the house.
The floors are essential, and should always be done LAST, as in, mopping your way out of an empty house on the last day, kind of last. Floorboards should be swept and vacuumed, then mopped with hot water and NO soaps or cleaners.
These will usually just leave a film on the gloss surface of the wood, so don’t bother. Tiles and lino should be vacuumed and mopped with hot, soapy water to get all the grout on the edges and between the tiles clean and disinfected.
Windows are tedious no matter what time of year you’re attempting to clean them in. If it’s windy, make sure you carry a drying towel or squeegee with you to get the moisture off the glass as soon as it’s clean, and use standard glass cleaner available at your local supermarket to get the grime and marks off.
The bathroom is one of the rooms that shows the most wear and tear, so make sure you get some rubber gloves, strong bleach, and some serious scrubbing tools to get right into the cracks where the tile grout hides. Don’t forget to clean the bath, behind the toilet, and the shower screen, as these are easy to forget and make a difference in the overall cleanliness look.
We’ve left the carpet till last and put it in it’s own category because of how important it is.
If you have carpet in a rental property, you’re going to have to have it steam cleaned, simple as that, but if you vacuum, scrub and chemically clean it beforehand the steam clean might cost you less, so it’s worth a go. Ensure the carpet is done on the same day as the floors and ideally in the morning, as you will need to sweep and mop your way out if there is any different floor surfaces between the front door and the carpet.
With these tips followed, your bond will surely wing it’s way safely back into your bank account in no time, and you can move on to bigger and better things.