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Moving can be stressful. Moving out of a rental property – and wanting to get your bond back – can be even more stressful. However, with a little planning and preparation (and some elbow grease), you can make sure your property is ready for inspection. Follow this handy end-of-lease cleaning guide to transform your place from lived-in to lovely.

1. Review your tenancy agreement

Start by reviewing your tenancy agreement. It’s important to be aware of the terms and conditions outlined in your agreement so you are clear on the cleaning expectations for vacating your rental property. It’s an easy way to avoid a potentially costly mistake

2. Get organised

A little early organisation will save you time and energy. First, gather the right tools for the job: a broom, vacuum, brushes, sponges, microfibre clothes, all-purpose cleaning agents, etc. (Check out our wide range of cleaning products to get you started).

Next, create a cleaning checklist outlining the tasks you want to complete. This will help with efficiency, and it will ensure you don’t miss a step.

3. Patch things up

Holes in the walls are hard to miss, but it’s easier than you might think to patch a hole in a wall. All you need to do is patch, plaster and paint, and your walls will look brand-new in no time.


4. Clean the walls

Make your walls sparkle with some sugar soap, a few basic cleaning products and a little elbow grease. Don’t overlook areas that landlords pay attention to, like light fittings and fixtures, vents and heaters, and the tops of doors and window frames. (Most of these hard-to-reach areas can be tackled with a microfibre cloth and an all-purpose cleaner.) These little touches go a long way toward creating an overall positive impression.


5. Wash the windows

Sunlight streaming through crystal-clear windows immediately creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Try these four easy cleaning hacks to take your windows from dull to dazzling, and don’t forget to dust the sills.


6. Tackle the bathroom

The bathroom is a high-use area that should receive extra attention. Wipe down and disinfect surfaces, clean the mirror and taps, remove soap scum and give the toilet a good clean. It might seem like a lot, but you can actually clean your bathroom in under 10 minutes.

Pay particular attention to getting rid of mould and mildew in the bathroom and laundry. To remove it, simply spray any affected areas with mould remover and give it a strong scrub.


7. Tidy the kitchen

The kitchen is another high-use area, and it’s one landlords keep a close eye on. Top kitchen cleaning tips include cleaning the sink and countertops, giving your rangehood, stovetop, and oven a good wipe-down, and cleaning out cabinets. Make sure all the stubborn grease and grime has been removed, and don’t neglect the floor – clean up any crumbs and dust and make it shine!

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8. Clean the carpets

A good clean can work wonders on old carpets. The rule of thumb is that carpets must be cleaned to a similar condition to when you started the tenancy, and this is something you can do yourself. (There might be exceptions if you have pets; check with your local tenants’ advice service if you have any questions or concerns).

How do you clean carpets? Vacuum up loose dirt, treat any spot stains by spraying a stain remover and finish with a steam clean. (You can hire a carpet cleaner from your local Bunnings store).

After you’ve tackled all the big jobs, look around for any small jobs you may have missed, and you should be ready for inspection!


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.