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End of tenancy cleaning

END OF TENANCY CLEANING CHECKLIST NZ

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Moving out from one place to another is usually exciting, especially if you are moving out from a rental property to your own home. The move can prove to be even more exiting if you are upgrading to a better property whether it be location or its condition.  
However, the flip side to a move is that the process itself can be is tiring and stressful. You have to pack all your stuff carefully into boxes and organise transport to move it all from current home to a new one. There are the moving of heavy appliances, furniture and the list just goes on. Usually it takes few days to fully move out of your property. By the end of each day you just feel exhausted.

Moreover, you know that things in new home are not going to put themselves on the shelves for you. So, you have to account for all the time and energy to unpack and unload you stuff into the new house.

Most landlords in Auckland will ask you to leave the property shiny clean. Many of them require only a professional end of tenancy clean and professional carpet clean as well if there is a carpet in a property.

You have to clean your current property before moving out in order to get full bond refund. It is very strict in New Zealand and especially in Auckland. Furthermore, do not forget that your landlord will also act as a reference for your future landlords. It is better for you to leave a good impression.

Besides the end of tenancy clean of your current property, you need to do a deep clean of your new property. So, it is double cleaning, double pain.

7 Facts about end of tenancy cleaning

  • End of tenancy cleaning is important for receiving your full deposit – More than half of deposit disputes (56%) are lead from insufficient, or have cleaning as part of a more complex dispute.
  • Tenants can do their own end of tenancy cleaning. The landlord cannot force them to use any cleaning company, or a cleaning service if it is not a part of tenancy agreement.
  • The landlord can request the same level of hygiene as it was documented into the move in inventory report.
  • If doing your own end of tenancy cleaning, remember to use your check in inventory as a guide. Also, use a checklist and schedule your cleaning to ensure the property is fully cleaned.
  • Set aside enough time if you plan on cleaning yourself. Deep cleaning takes time and you will be surprised how big of a job this is.
  • The inventory reports are the most important pieces of evidence for resolving a dispute. You want your end of tenancy cleaning done right before the move out inventory, as to record the property in the cleanest state.
  • If you want to hire a cleaning company for your end of tenancy, you should be weary of 2-man band companies. As your deposit is on the line, make sure the work is done and will suffice for reclaiming your money.

End of tenancy cleaning checklist nz

Kitchen

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· Clean fridge

· Clean on top of fridge

· Clean inside/ outside of cabinetry and drawers

· Clean on top of cabinetry

· Clean stove top

· Clean range hood

· Microwave- clean inside and outside

· Dishwasher- clean outside and inside

· Clean and disinfect countertops and black splash

· Clean/ scrub/ polish/ disinfect sinks and taps

· Clean all kitchen surfaces

· Clean window frames, sills, tracks, and window glass if needed

· Clean skirting boards

· Clean light switches and power points

· Clean doors and door frames

· Empty rubbish bins and clean bins

· Vacuum and hand wipe vent grills

· Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs

· Spot clean fingerprints / superficial marks

· Dust blinds (if you have them)

· Vacuum floor rugs- remove rug to clean underneath

· Sweep/vacuum floor, corners, edges

· Mop hard floor

Bathrooms

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· Clean and disinfect tubs and showers

· Clean shower doors (bath)

· Clean mirrors

· Clean interior/exterior of vanities

· Scrub/ clean/ disinfect/ polish sinks and taps

· Clean and disinfect toilets

· Clean and disinfect towel rails and bars

· Empty rubbish and clean bins

· Clean window frames, sills, tracks

· Clean all bathroom surfaces

· Clean all light stitches and power points

· Clean skirting boards

· Clean door frame and door

· Vacuum and hand clean vent grills

· Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs

· Spot clean fingerprints / superficial marks

· Vacuum floor corners and edges

· Damp mop floors

Laundry

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· Hand wipe windowsills, frames, tracks

· Hand wipe skirting boards

· Hand wipe light switches and power points

· Empty rubbish and clean bin

· Clean inside and outside of cupboards

· Clean top of cabinetry

· Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs

· Spot clean fingerprints/ superficial marks

· Vacuum floor, corners, edges

· Mop hard floors

Dining room/Living area

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· Remove cobwebs

· Clean cupboards inside outside and on top

· Hand wipe all horizontal surfaces

· Hand wipe doors and door frames

· Hand wipe all window frames, sills, tracks

· Hand wipe skirting boards

· Hand wipe all light switches and power points

· Vacuum and hand clean vent grill

· Spot clean fingerprints/ superficial marks

· Vacuum floor, corners, edges

· Vacuum area rugs

· Mop hard floor

Bedrooms

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· Hand wipe all horizontal surfaces

· Hand wipe doors and door frames

· Hand wipe all window frames, sills, tracks

· Hand wipe skirting boards

· Hand wipe all light switches and power points

· Vacuum and hand clean vent grill

· Clean inside of wardrobes

· Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs

· Clean mirrors

· Spot clean fingerprints/ superficial marks

· Vacuum floor, corners, edges

· Vacuum area rugs

· Mop hard floors

If you are going to do an end of tenancy clean by yourself, the whole clean will take at least 3-4 hours for a standard 1-bedroom house and around 6-7 hours for a standard kiwi 3-bedroom house. It is better to ask your friends to help you with your end of tenancy clean. This will reduce the time and make the experience a fun one.

End of tenancy cleaning average price nz and Auckland

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I know that many people love to use professional cleaning service for end of tenancy cleaning and for a move in clean. One of the main reasons why, is that it saves their time and lets them think about more significant and pleasure things like, a décor of new home, instead of cleaning. Also, they love the result of professional cleaning services in Auckland. It is a real pleasure to move straight into a new shiny clean home. 

End of tenancy clean in New Zealand can cost in average NZ$190-230 for a standard kiwi 2-bedroom house. When you are choosing between few cleaning companies in Auckland or in the whole New Zealand, please pay attention on matching between price and package which they offer for an end of tenancy clean.

Some cleaning companies put very low price and later it comes out that the package with attractive low price includes move out clean of only 1 bedroom, 1 living room and 1 bathroom.

So, for example if you have 4-bedroom house, 2 living rooms, 1 dining room, 2 bathrooms, laundry, garage, then you have to pay extra for all these rooms and areas that are not included into the package.

As I mentioned before, it is real to do both, end of tenancy clean and move in clean by yourself if you cannot afford to hire cleaners. One thing you have to be careful about is yourself. If you decided to do cleans by yourself, please do not rush. Take your time and give yourself few days to complete these deep cleans.

Some people do not trust cleaners. If you feel that you cannot trust them too, see the check list below.

How to make sure that a cleaning company is reliable and trustful

Before you choose company for your cleaning needs, ask them few questions that will help you to understand if the company is reliable and safe to use.

Questions below will help you to make sure that you can trust cleaners. Call any cleaning company in Auckland and ask them:

  • Do cleaners have a background check?
  • Are cleaners trained?
  • Do you have an operations manager who will ensure that the standard is met?
  • Do you provide police vetted cleaners?
  • Do you have checklist like the move out clean checklist?

You can find more information about how to find good and reliable home cleaners in Auckland here: How to Find Good and Reliable home cleaners in Auckland

If you want to save yourself for something more exiting, delegate your end of tenancy clean and move in clean to professionals. Call 09 909 6560 or email your enquiry to info@lifemaideasy.co.nz