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The Ultimate Bond Cleaning Checklist

Posted by Anora on January 22, 2018


Let’s address the elephant in the room by stating that cleaning is the last thing anyone would want to be stressing about during a move.

But if you want to receive your full bond back, your real estate agent or landlord will expect for you to return the property to its initial condition, often requiring an end of lease clean. 

As real estate agents we’d highly recommend you to hire professionals to do your end of lease cleaning. However, if you are highly confident in your abilities to do spotless work we’ve prepared the Ultimate End of Lease Cleaning Checklist.

Cleaning Preparation

Before you can start cleaning your property, there will be a few things you’ll want to do to prepare for the big task at hand.

  • Clear your calendar – The moving process can take up a substantial amount of time. Find a full week in your calendar to move out, clean your property, and schedule an inspection with your real estate agent.
  • Declutter your life – Use the move as a means to declutter your life. Consider donating unused items to a local charity so you can start fresh in your new home.
  • Move properties – You’ll want to move out completely before attempting your exit clean. For tips and advice, read through our article, “Time To Move. How Will You Handle It?”
  • Hire professionals – If the idea of cleaning seems too daunting for you, hire end of lease cleaners early to secure the most available date.

Stock up on Cleaning Supplies

An end of lease clean can be daunting without the right supplies. You’ll want to stock up on all the necessary equipment beforehand to save yourself from some precarious situations. Imagine having to clean toilets with your bare hands or piggybacking a friend to dust the cobwebs off the ceiling. Here’s a comprehensive list of supplies that will save you from situations like these.

  • Broom
  • Brush and dustpan
  • Duster
  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Vacuum
  • Carpet steam cleaner
  • Oven scraper
  • Preferred cleaning product (Easy-off, Pledge, Vim)
  • Sugar Soap
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Towels
  • Squeegee
  • Newspapers
  • Ladder
  • Screwdriver

Clean your Property

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to tackle your exit clean. You’ll want to work your way through your home, cleaning the most difficult areas of your home first, usually your kitchen or bathroom. From there, you can begin looking at other rooms, common areas, and amenities such as laundries and garages.


  • clean oven interior
  • clean stovetop
  • degrease range hood
  • clean bench top surfaces
  • clean backsplash
  • clean sink, handles and spout
  • clean pantry
  • clean cupboards, shelves and drawers
  • clean inside microwave, dishwasher, or fridge


  • wash tiled surfaces
  • clean bathtubs and basins
  • clean shower glass/screens
  • clean shower head and faucets
  • clean and disinfect toilets
  • clean vanity, handles and spout
  • clean medicine cabinets
  • polish mirrors
  • dust air vents

Rooms (bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, or studies)

  • vacuum/sweep/mop floors
  • clean cupboards, shelves, and drawers
  • clean wardrobe mirrors, frame and tracks
  • wash window, sills, and tracks
  • detail door frames
  • detail skirting board
  • dust blinds
  • clean accessible light fixtures
  • clean light switches and power points
  • remove cobwebs
  • carpet steam cleaning
  • wall washing – either spot cleans or entire wall washes
  • blind deep cleaning


  • vacuum/sweep/mop floors
  • wipe down washer and dryer surfaces
  • remove dryer lint
  • clean sink, handles, and spout


  • vacuum/sweep/mop floors
  • wash sliding patio doors and tracks (interior and exterior)
  • wash window, sills and tracks (exterior)


  • sweep floors
  • clean cupboards, shelves, and drawers
  • remove cobwebs


  • Mow lawn
  • Trim sidewalk edges
  • Remove any debris (leaves, dirt, etc.)
  • Empty rubbish bins

Pass the Final Inspection

With your property returned to its initial condition, it’s time to have your real estate agent perform the final inspection. Following this checklist should give you the confidence that you’ll receive your full bond back.

  • Perform walk-through – During the final inspection, your real estate agent will inform you of any concerns they have with regards to the exit clean or damages to the property.
  • Return your keys – Before returning your keys, ensure that all issues are completely addressed as you probably won’t have access to your property again.
  • Receive bond refund – When your agent is completely satisfied with your clean, they’ll release the bond in the same manner that it was initially paid.

Well there you have it, the ultimate end of lease cleaning checklist to prepare you for the upcoming clean ahead. With these tips, you’ll be enjoying your full bond refund in the comforts of your new home in no time.

Article credit: The Neat Team

(The Neat Team specialises in End of Lease Cleaning in Sydney)

Photo credit: Nick


3 thoughts on “The Ultimate Bond Cleaning Checklist

  • Derrick Tan
    on June 12, 2018

    Thank you for the very thorough cleaning checklist. I’m moving from the cbd and am attempting an end of lease clean on my own. I find most cleaning companies charge too much for this service so I’m willing to give it a go. Anybody else?

    • on June 12, 2018

      Hi Derrick, try Urban You (just google them). You can get a quote online. If you’re there to supervise them they’re pretty good. Good luck! Best regards, Anora

  • on September 20, 2018

    A very useful information provided in this blog about End of Tendency Cleaning services. Must read this blog.

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