- Kate Steel
Renting? Here are some of our top tips to save money come move out time
Updated: Mar 26, 2020
So you've just moved into your new rental, and it feels good, who knows it may just be your "forever rental" or we like to call it your fore-rental.
House markets being what they are many of us are currently renters and will remain so for the foreseeable future. If you've ever ended a lease you know it can be an insanely expensive time between bond cleans, carpet cleaning, pest control, repairs, movers, and that's not even taking into account the new bond + 2 weeks rent you have to come up with to secure a new place....phew.
So here are some helpful tips and hints to save you time, effort and/or money come to move out time. Yes, some of these might take a bit of time, but we promise you'll be grateful when you're due to leave.
Line your cupboards and drawers
Ideally, when you first move in, take the time to line the cupboards and drawers with paper. It doesn't need to be fancy. I used butchers paper at my last rental it was invisible and worked a treat!
Having the shelves and drawers lined will protect them and make cleaning a breeze. Simply remove the paper, wipe down and done!
Do your makeup in the bathroom
This one's for the ladies (or anyone who enjoys applying cosmetics) make sure you pick a spot with good light and a cleanable surface. We can't tell you how many enquiries we get every week from someone who has a spilt foundation on their carpet or had blush spill over creating a bright pink stain. We also hear from people who have left brownish hand and footprints on their carpet after applying self-tanner.
These are tricky stains; they're full of pigment and are usually oil-based, so they are basically impossible to remove entirely. Keep it in the bathroom or use a mat to catch any spills. Trust us.
Beware the iron
Perhaps relating directly to the previous tip, if you are using hot irons on your hair (with either straightener, curling or crimping wand) use a heat-proof mat or take it to the bathroom. The heat from your iron can and will melt your carpet or at least leave a very visible, very untreatable burn mark.
Even if you don't intend for the iron to make direct contact with the carpet, take it from me, mistakes happen, and I have the burn mark to prove it.
Keep up with the cleaning
So this one stands to reason if you keep up to date with the chores it won't be so bad come end of the lease. Your bond cleaner will only be wiping away a couple of weeks worth of grime, rather than two years worth of dirt.
Make repairs as they're needed
Accidents happen, they just do; it's life. Get the repairs done (or do them yourself) WHEN the accidents happen rather than waiting until you move out. You'll be able to enjoy your home without cringing every time you see that hole where you were a little overzealous with the vacuum cleaner. It will also eliminate the chance that the damage will get worse over time (holes get bigger etc). Finally, it helps spread out the costs, rather than dealing with an enormous repair bill at the end, you might just have some tidying up to do.
Need to talk to someone about your end of lease carpet cleaning and pest control? Call us on 3823 2500