Don’t underestimate the value of writing a checklist and getting everything down on paper. This helps clearly outline the things that need to be done and they can be checked off as you go.
Before you do anything when you move into your home, you really should document everything. Were the blinds not quite working? Are some pavers broken or missing? Write it down, sign it, and give it to the real estate agent (keeping a copy for yourself). Better yet, include some photos just in case.
This should save you if the real estate agent decides these things need to be taken out of your pocket at the end of your tenancy.
3. Clean the Oven… and Clean It AgainSomehow the oven and stovetop is something that always has to get re-done. It’s a tough job that takes a lot of elbow grease and muscle, and it can be tricky to get done properly the first time. Thoroughly clean your oven and stovetop and leave it for a couple of days. Then start all over again and get it sparkling with a fresh set of eyes. If you have an older style electric stovetop, make sure you pull the coils out and thoroughly clean underneath. The same goes for gas cook tops: take the iron off, run it through the dishwasher, and get that stainless steel sparkling.
4. Some Things Are for Professionals
Some real estate agents require that you get a professional carpet cleaner to steam your carpets upon exiting the property. If this is the case, you’ll need to keep the receipt and show it as proof in order to receive your full bond back.
If professional carpet cleaning isn’t required and you want to tackle the job yourself, your local hardware store should be able to set you up with a carpet cleaner to rent for a few hours. They are simple to use and provide great results to get your floors looking brand new again.
5. Don’t Forget the Weeds!
It’s easy to spend so much time scrubbing the inside of your home from floor to ceiling that by the end of that awful two days you’ve completely overlooked outside the house! Make sure you mow the law, trim the edges, and remove any overgrown weeds or shrubs. Everything needs to look as neat as possible or you can bet the real estate agent will have you coming back to do it again!
Moving is so stressful and you really need every cent that you can get your hands on. Make sure to follow these steps to get your bond back in its entirety!