Tips for cleaning the house after moving out

Some of us decide to get a professional cleaner after we move out of our home or rental properties, and if it's a rental, you want to make sure you get your bond money back. If you decide to do the cleaning yourself, here are some things to think about.

If you are required to clean the carpets, make sure you have booked in a carpet cleaning service a few weeks in advance, follow up the week before to make sure your booking is still valid.

Make sure ALL the cleaning is done, leaving the carpets until last.

Make sure any gardens have been weeded and are tidy.

Windows, inside and outside.

Light fittings and ceiling fans, these can get quite dusty.

Don't forget about the oven, stove and extractor fan.

Walls can get dirty too, especially with those little hands running against corner walls.

Bathrooms: Shower and bath, toilets, walls and extractor fans.

Curtains and blinds.

Security screens and bug screens.


Cleaning out filters on air conditioning units.

All cupboards and drawers.

Moss and mould removal treatments of paths, patios and decks.

Make sure the swimming pool treatments are up to date and scoop out any leaves floating around.

If your rental house is furnished, you may be required to get a professional cleaner to clean any upholstery etc. Don't forget to clean behind the fridge and washing machine and dryer, also removing any left over lint from the dryer.

Although it seems like a massive job, and it can be, depending on the size of the house, it's a good idea to clean as you pack. Get the kids involved, they'll love hosing down the outside windows and any cobwebs in corners. You can also choose to get a cleaner to do part of the house, like bathrooms and windows etc will you do cupboards and drawers etc.

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