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What Are the Top End Of Lease Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid?

Cleaning Advice / November 24, 2023


Are you gearing up to move out and worried about getting your bond back? End of lease cleaning can be a real pickle if not done right. It’s the final hurdle in your rental journey and, mate, you want to clear it without a hitch!

Here’s a heads up on the top mistakes folks make during end of lease cleaning, so you can avoid them and keep your landlord chuffed.

1. Failing to Plan

Leaving your cleaning to the last minute is like playing footy without a game plan – you’re bound to miss something! Start early, and tackle different cleaning tasks day by day. This way, you won’t be running around like a chook with its head cut off on the final day​​.

2. Not Checking the Cleaning Checklist

Your lease agreement or landlord might have given you a specific cleaning checklist. Ignoring this is like ignoring a ‘shark in the water’ sign – downright risky! Stick to this checklist to ensure you cover all bases.

3. Overlooking Wear and Tear

While you don’t have to fix every nick and scratch (that’s normal wear and tear), leaving the place filthy is a surefire way to lose your bond. Clean thoroughly, but don’t stress about minor blemishes that come with living in a place​​.

4. Using Wrong Cleaning Products

Using the wrong cleaners can do more harm than good. Imagine scrubbing your wooden floors with bleach – yikes! Stick to recommended products for different surfaces to avoid damage​.

5. Neglecting Hard-to-Reach Areas

Don’t forget those sneaky spots like behind the fridge or under the bed. These areas can gather a surprising amount of dirt and grime, and leaving them dirty might cost you a portion of your bond.

6. Not Reading the Lease Agreement

It’s not just another boring document. Your lease agreement has specific cleaning requirements that you need to follow. Not complying with these can lead to disputes over your bond​.

7. Failing to Document Property Condition

Before you start scrubbing, take photos of the property’s current state. This can be your ace in the hole if there’s a dispute over the bond later​​.

8. Forgetting to Clean Carpets and Oven

Carpet cleaning is often a specific requirement in leases, and dirty ovens are a common complaint from landlords. Make sure these areas get a good scrub​​.

9. Not Deodorising the Property

Leaving the property smelling like last week’s fish and chips won’t do you any favours. Ensure the place smells as fresh as a daisy after your clean​​.

10. Avoiding Professional Help

Sometimes, it’s worth calling in the pros. If you’re up to your eyeballs in work or the task seems too daunting, getting professional cleaners can be a smart move​​.

11. Skimping on Safety Precautions

Don’t play fast and loose with safety. When handling strong cleaning products, wear gloves and make sure the area is well-ventilated​.

12. Not Addressing Minor Cosmetics

Minor fixes like patching up small nail holes or marks on the wall can go a long way in leaving a good impression. These small touches can be the difference between a full or partial bond return​.


Remember, end of lease cleaning isn’t just about ticking a box; it’s about leaving your rental in a state that’s respectful to the property and its next occupants. Avoid these common mistakes, and you’ll be well on your way to a full bond refund and a stress-free move.

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