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Get Back Your Deposit with End of Tenancy Cleaning Tips

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So, your lease is up and it is time to move on to bigger and better things.

You’ve put in the work arranging moving plans, dropping down a new deposit, arranging travel plans…when suddenly you realise that the place you just left is going to need some cleaning if you hope to get your old deposit back.

Depending upon the landlord, you may be expected to return your flat or your home of residence to move-in conditions before moving out. It is best to clarify the specifics with your landlord, but more often than not, this means you need to set aside a full day to clean up.

If not? Then you may end up as one of the 25% of renters that don’t get their security deposit back.

So how do you make sure you don’t get slapped with fees and repairs? It’s all about in the presentation, thinking ahead, and getting a little creative.

If you need that security deposit back, try out these move out cleaning tips.

Take Things Room by Room

This might not be a huge problem with those who live in smaller apartments, but if you’ve been living in a home this whole time, it can be incredibly intimidating to start cleaning everything.

To make it more approachable, try cleaning your space room by room. While you’re doing this, make sure you don’t move between two different room types, like a kitchen to a bedroom. Try doing all of the bedrooms first, then bathrooms, then other living spaces.

This will help you get into the rhythm of cleaning without having to stop to swap out rags, cleaning products, vacuums, and mops.

Using Professional Carpet Cleaners

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Different rental agencies are going to have different policies about this next tip. Still, it’s definitely worth considering if you desperately need that security deposit back.

There’s the typical wear and tear to be expected on a rental unit’s carpet, but if you really want to impress or are a little bit paranoid about a certain spot or stain, then calling in the big guns and going with a professional carpet cleaning service is the way to go.

Carpet cleaned by professional cleaners is going to look leagues better than what a vacuum or home carpet cleaner could produce, usually because of the materials used by the cleaners themselves.

With the right carpet cleaning company, you can expect to get rid of the stains that may have been posing a risk to your deposit.

Finding the Right Moving Company

Many of the incidents and accidents that leave damage to units occur during move in and move out. While friends and family are cheaper movers than reputable companies, one slip up and you’ve left a considerable hole in the drywall.

The solution? Finding the right moving company and having a direct discussion about your expectations for your move. Moving companies can ensure that their workers are gentle on your floors, careful with your furniture, and won’t threaten that all-important lease.

In some cases, you can even purchase packing equipment directly from the company to make your life just a little bit easier.

Kill Those Odours

Even if you’ve scrubbed and scrubbed for hours, you may find that some stenches aren’t coming out. These smells, alongside normal wear and tear like dirty grout or holes from hanging photos, can be enough for your landlord to claim that deposit for a professional fix.

You can avoid this problem by making sure that no place in your unit smells. For example, does the dishwasher seem to smell like spoiled food no matter how you clean it? Run a load with nothing but a cup of vinegar and wrap up with some baking soda afterward.

Does your refrigerator smell rotten? Be sure to defrost it and come back later with stronger cleaning materials. Tackling odors as well as stains will make life easier for both you and your landlord.

Final Thoughts

In many cases, how things appear can be more important than how they really are. That’s why you need to make sure your apartment is not only clean—but that it looks it, too. If you work smart, plan ahead, and hire out work when necessary, you can depend on that deposit coming in the mail to your new living space.

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