Over the last couple of years, the word ‘Bond Cleaning’ has risen to great popularity. It is also possibly inline with the rising amount of people who rent and not own their own home.
What is Bond Cleaning? Bond Cleaning is simply a very thorough cleaning of the rented residents before handing back the key and terminating the contract. In order to help obtain the full bond payment back.
Bond cleaning is not required by law, as we found some people purported saying on the internet. Your only obligation in order to obtain a full bond repayment is to leave the house in a clean and tidy condition as per the way it was handed to you. If your real estate agent demands a receipt ask them to point you to a law that says a house must be bond cleaned by a third party. They won’t because it does not exist.
This is also why it is extremely important to take photos and video and fill out the condition report properly before moving in, it gives you leverage against real estate agents who will not remember the condition of the house.
So is Bond Cleaning just a scam? Yes, it is. I’d honestly go as far as saying that to get someone in for thorough cleaning of your house/apartment may actually only cost you $350, but the moment you call and ask for a Bond Clean you’re suddenly looking at $500 to $600.
The best approach is to get someone in to clean your house for 8 hours, even at $30 per hour that’s $240. You might be better off getting 2 cleaners and giving each 4 hours work. You will be surprised at the results.
While the old Bond Clean is a scam, there are also scammers who take your money and never show up or just do a terrible job. Jumping on hipages.com.au is a good start as these cleaners are trusted and verified.
Always get a separate carpet clean after the cleaners have gone and steer clear of companies that offer a guaranteed bond back.
A thorough cleaning should always include window sills and corner crevices, something that is often missed and something real estate agents are quick to point out.
You might want to read realestate.com.au end of lease cleaning checklist. https://www.realestate.com.au/advice/the-renters-guide-to-end-of-lease-cleaning
Chet Carter is an Professional Journalist of 25 years, but has worked with a range of businesses giving him in-depth understanding of many different industries.