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7 cleaning hacks for moving out of a rental property

Article by Homes to Love

Save time and money with these useful cleaning hacks for renters

7 cleaning hacks for moving out of a rental property

Moving out of a rental property can be a real hassle, especially when most bond disputes arise because of lack of cleaning. If you want to maximise your chance of getting your bond back – here are a few step by step guides for our most dreaded cleaning tasks. If you’ve let the house get away on you a little bit, never fear – these guides will help you to get your place in tip-top shape in no time!

1. Exterior House Clean

We’re all guilty on letting this one fall by the wayside – but it’s important when moving out of a rental property to have the exterior looking fresh, as this is the first thing they will see when they inspect it. Follow our thorough step-by-step guide to find out the best ways to remove embedded dirt, grease, and grime.

2. Curtains

Although our trusty curtains hang around all year long doing their job, we often forget to give them the love they deserve, and probably desperately need. Home to Love chatted with specialists from Harvey furnishing and uncovered some top tips for how to clean curtains.

3. Grout between tiles

The grout between our tiles can get really filthy with mould and dirt – which can be especially noticeable on white tiles. Take a look at our step-by-step guide for removing grime from grout between tiled surfaces.

4. Tiles

Follow these simple steps to find out how to get your surfaces sparkling!

5. Walls

Check your walls thoroughly for any marks or scuffs. Most of the time these will come off quickly and easily, the CHUX Magic Eraser is a god-sent if they’re a bit stubborn. If they won’t budge try find an emulsion of the same colour – this will be a lot cheaper than what your landlord will charge you for the same service. If you’ve been hanging shelves and pictures around the place, make sure you check your rental agreement and see whether you were permitted to do so. If you’re unsure, buy a patch filler, they only set you back around $10 and are easy to paint over.

6. The Fridge

It’s the one appliance that’s always working hard to keep food fresh and is often subject to spills, stains and sticky fingers. A clean fridge is a happy one, so see our guide on how to give it a deep and satisfying clean.

7. Carpets

Probably the most common reason to miss out getting your full bond back – carpet can be extremely problematic. If you’ve been living there for a while – then the carpet has probably experienced a significant amount of wear and tear.  Steam cleaners are a great way to get your carpets looking brand new if you don’t own one they are very easy and affordable to rent. After the carpets have dried – give them a thorough vacuum and if necessary scrub with a wire brush to remove any excess fibres.

Top tip

Take photos of everything, such as power cords in the back of the TV, so that re-cabling – when you arrive at your new home – is straightforward. Small steps like this can save you a lot of time in the future – so get snap happy!

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