Top 6 Tips For Vacate Cleaning

The end of your lease is coming up, and you know what that means — time to clean! 

Vacate cleaning after a specific agreed lease term can feel like a tedious task, as it’s the only way you can secure the return of your rental bond. Ensuring your property is as clean as when you first moved in involves creating an end of lease cleaning checklist. But don’t stress over working out what to clean or how to do it — to save you time and effort, we’ve put together some vacate cleaning tips to help you ensure your property looks just as good as when you first moved in. 

A property cleaning checklist not only guides you through your cleaning process but also ensures you’re consistent during your end of lease clean. At Jim’s Cleaning Group, we’ve been cleaning and vacating properties for over 25 years, so our expert team has put together some top tips to help you put together an end of lease cleaning checklist. 

1. Plan well in advance

When you plan your end of lease clean, it’s essential to consider how long it can take. Vacate cleaning isn’t as easy as simply spraying some disinfectant, wiping down and calling it a day. It entails cleaning through certain parts of your house that you may not enjoy, such as your bathroom, kitchen cabinets, outdoor space, and storage. From wiping down dust, sweeping up dirt, getting rid of any bugs and much more — you’ll find it can take time to ensure you have everything needed for your vacate cleaning. This includes the correct equipment and cleaning technique. 

Conduct some research before you plan your end of lease clean, so you’re entirely prepared for what’s to come. We all know how to spot clean surfaces, but when it comes to deep cleaning, this involves more manual labour and particular products to ensure your rooms are thoroughly cleaned. It’s also helpful to plan how long this could take. Are you conducting this clean on your own, or do you have family and friends helping? Have you called in experts who can ensure your clean is done as quickly as possible? This is extremely helpful for when you have a larger space and limited time to conduct your end of lease clean. Once you’ve established this timeline, you can plan your vacate cleaning 

more efficiently. 

Alternatively, you can always call our team, who are experts in deep cleaning and vacating homes. Depending on the size of your home, it can take a couple of hours with our expert cleaners or a few days. You can request a quote online to find out more. 

2. Go through each room one at a time

Don’t try to tackle every room at once. Take your time and inspect each room before starting your deep clean. It can be overwhelming and take even longer if you stop and start cleaning each room at once. Start from the back of your house or apartment and make your way forward to ensure you haven’t missed anything. Ensure you’re thorough with each room in your home, so you don’t miss any corner or section of your property. You can even write a list of the surfaces you need to clean to ensure you’ve covered everything. 

3. Move all furniture before cleaning each room 

Before you get your hands dirty, make sure to move your furniture out of the way as best as you can. Sometimes you only have limited time to clean specific areas — larger pieces of furniture are often not removed until your move out date, such as your fridge, couch and bed mattress. As for other rooms in your home, you can start vacating certain storage cabinets, drawers and sections of your house to make space for once you start your end of lease clean. It’s also beneficial you do this before you begin cleaning, as you might miss spots and have to start the cleaning process all over again, which wastes time and resources. 

4. Invest in commercial-grade cleaning products

It’s worth investing in commercial-grade cleaning products for a vacate clean. Household-grade cleaning products are fine for day-to-day cleaning, but they don’t always get the job done when it comes to a vacate clean — that’s why you want to make sure you set yourself up for success and to get your bond back with the power of commercial-grade products. 

However, if you don’t have access, there are a number of household items that can still be useful, such as vinegar. A non-toxic and multipurpose cleaning solution with its acidic component, vinegar can be used to clean soap scum off your shower, floors, kitchen sink, stovetop and much more. 

Alternatively, if you opt to use Jim’s Cleaning, our team uses commercial-grade cleaning products to ensure your home is left spotless, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing the right tools and equipment. 

5. Use protective clothing

Another vacate cleaning tip is keeping safe from harmful chemicals and products by using gloves, face masks and even goggles. With dusting, wiping, disinfecting and even scrubbing mould, you want to ensure your health is at the forefront and not at risk from any chemicals, dirt, grime, mould or pollen being inhaled. This is particularly important if you’re allergic to certain products.

6. Call the experts

Unsure on where to start, or perhaps you’re short on time? In that case, you can always call our team at Jim’s Cleaning. We’re the leading home, commercial and car cleaning service with reliable and affordable services in Australia. Our fully trained team can provide you with packages to suit every home or office — plus, with affordable prices and excellent customer service, we can help you clean your property in no time. Make sure to follow our end of lease cleaning checklist, or reach out to us today to book your end of lease clean. 


What is included in a vacate clean?

With more than 25 years of experience, our cleaning experts know how to make your kitchen and bathrooms sparkle and your living room and bedrooms look as good as they did on move-in day. We make it our top priority to ensure you receive your bond back when moving out. We handle everything from fridge, oven and microwave cleaning to window cleaning. We even provide professional carpet and upholstery cleaning services to remove stubborn stains and odours.

If your landlord or real estate agent has provided you with an end of lease cleaning checklist, we can use it to ensure every single item is taken care of. If you don’t have a checklist, our experienced team follows all industry cleaning standards to provide a proper and thorough clean of your rental property.

Not only that, but we also use our state-of-the-art equipment and top-quality cleaning products and supplies to ensure the perfect end of lease cleaning results every single time.

Why is vacate cleaning important?

Vacate cleaning is essential for several reasons. The first reason is that you’re obligated as part of the lease terms and under New Zealand law to ensure once you vacate your rental property that it is as clean as it was when you first moved in. 

The second reason is that it’s also an insurance policy for yourself. You want to ensure that you aren’t being taken advantage of when you exit a property at the end of your lease. You should always take photos of the condition of your property when you move in and email any concerns to your real estate agent. This also applies when exiting a property. Make sure you follow the same process with post-cleaning and provide this information to your real estate agent. This is also important as it can affect your reputation with current and future real estate agents and landlords, positively or negatively.

This is why cleaning services from professionals are sought-after when it comes to vacate cleaning. Even if you’re good and experienced at basic household cleaning, it’s likely that you don’t necessarily have all the required supplies and equipment for a thorough vacate cleaning. Opting for a professional to carry out your end of lease cleaning can be an effective way to avoid some of the potential issues during this time. This includes reducing stress while you’re in the process of moving and also ensuring that your vacate cleaning will be done at a professional level. 

What needs to be cleaned when moving out of a rental?

Every room needs to be as clean as it was when you first moved in. This includes your primary entryway, living and dining, bedrooms, kitchen, laundry, bathroom, balcony or outdoor space and storage. 

How do I clean my rental property?

By following our top tips for vacate cleaning, you can easily clean your property. Or, simply contact our team today for more information on how to ensure your property is looking just as good as when you first moved in. You can always leave it to the experts to ensure your property is clean, disinfected and fresh for your final date in your lease. 

How much does a bond clean cost?

We understand that moving out can be expensive. This is why we know that you’re looking for a cleaning company with affordable prices and top quality guaranteed services. At Jim’s Cleaning Group, we can provide you with both. 

The great thing about our services is that we don’t bill by the hour — instead, our cleaning fees are calculated on a per-job basis, and our project-based fees mean no hidden or last-minute extra costs. Plus, we use our cleaning supplies and equipment, which guarantees quality clean and helps you save costs so you don’t have to purchase your cleaning products, which we know can be expensive. With our all-inclusive and upfront pricing, you can have peace of mind knowing that your vacate cleaning price is affordable and set from the moment you request your quote. 

What other cleaning services does Jim’s Cleaning offer?

Jim’s Cleaning can provide you with various services to ensure your property is in tip-top shape. From house cleaning services to carpet cleaning, window cleaning, and car cleaning, why not contact our team today for more information? 

Why choose Jim’s Cleaning for vacate cleaning

At Jim’s Cleaning, we not only provide you with all of the vacate and bond cleaning services you need, but with over 25 years in the industry, our expert team knows exactly how to assess a property post-occupancy properly. We can help you ensure your property is left squeaky-clean — all without the fuss of your agent or landlord requesting any final touch-ups. 

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a house, home office, or other space. Our team at Jim’s Cleaning can handle it all. We’ll work with you to ensure the best possible outcome and make sure you not only get your bond back but that your rental property is looking as good as new. Simply get in contact with us for an online quote, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.