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End of lease cleaning is nobody’s idea of a good time.
It’s a once-in-a-decade clean that takes time, energy and resources. Below are 6 tips that will leave you more organised and on top of your moving out agenda, so that you’re free to enjoy your new space in clean comfort.
Perhaps the most laborious and disliked task of the moving process, cleaning is essential and entirely necessary. End of lease cleaning is a particularly labour-intensive and time-heavy task, requiring all sorts of cleaning that we don’t usually even dream of. Items which will need attention include: cupboards, window-sills, skirting boards, ovens, showers, ceiling fans and even exhaust fans. If it’s a house fixture, it will need a thorough clean.
Another option is to call in a professional cleaner and opt for a special end of lease clean.
Specialist Melbourne end of lease cleaners have the attention to detail and experience necessary for end of lease cleans, ensuring that you receive your bond back (if necessary) and any future tenants are left with a clean slate.
Plan It Out
Planning your move and allotting plenty of time to packing, sorting and shifting will save you from any last minute rushes and will enable you to better organise your possessions.
Create a timetable – doing this also allows you to evaluate your possessions and decide whether to keep or rehome items – with the option to organise a garage sale or swap in order to make a bit of extra money.
If you’ve managed to organise your time effectively, a great way to get rid of excess possessions and to make some extra money is through organising a garage sale. A garage sale is a time-honoured tradition where you can display old or unwanted items on the street in front of your house (or median strip) and label them with prices. There are online groups dedicated to advertising upcoming garage sales, and you can also advertise in your local area by printing out posters and attaching them to power-poles and local noticeboards.
Dog Day Afternoon
Another consideration you will need to take into account is any animals involved.
If you have pets around, it’s a good idea to plan for them well ahead of time. Some pets are best kept in boarding for a few days either side of a house move, in order to allow you the time and space necessary to pack and unpack. The stress of moving is also a reality for animals, and the sounds of items banging and bouncing around can be distressing for your pets.
When moving day comes, make sure to take plenty of rest breaks, and don’t attempt to move or lift things which are too heavy. If you’re opting to do-it-yourself, enlist the help of a couple of good friends, if possible. Many hands certainly make light work, and you’ll be grateful for the extra manpower. You’ll find the extra hands are also handy for any impromptu cleaning that pops up during the day.
A little known service of many professional removal companies is that they can often take away old mattresses and beds for free – saving you time and money on their disposal. Check online for movers in your area offering this service.
Give It Away
The last tip is the easiest and most manageable task of your move.
At the end of a process such as a house move, you will inevitably find yourself with many possession you no longer want or are in need of owning. In this case, there are many services and charities which gladly accept usable donations of household items in good condition, items such as cookware, furniture, and clothing. By donating these items, you’ll be lightening your load and also helping out those in need.
Clearing out your home to move is a time-consuming task, but there are ways to make the process easily. Armed with the above tips, you’re hopefully on the way to a more smooth, well-organised move.