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Get your bond back with our end of lease cleaning checklist

When you’re moving homes, no doubt one of the most important things on your mind is getting back your bond. Sadly, it is not always easy to find an affordable cleaner to fix up your house or apartment.

In the majority of cases, it is the tenants themselves who attempt to restore their home to a pristine condition, which is not an easy task to do with no guidance. This checklist is built to provide you with some functional advice to clean your home inside and out and (hopefully) get back that bond!

General tips

  • Organise your cleaning supplies early, and keep them easily accessible while packing up your belongings.

  • Empty your home of furniture before cleaning, so that you do not miss any areas that may currently be obscured.

  • Plan your schedule in advance. You do not want to be scrambling to clean up your home the day you are supposed to move out! Make sure to allow enough time to thoroughly clean your home rather than rushing a surface level job.


  • Clean inside all of your appliances, including oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer.

  • Wipe down and clean any bench surfaces, including your stove and sink.

  • Empty out your pantry, cupboards, shelves and drawers and thoroughly inspect and clean every nook and cranny.

  • Fully clean your entire kitchen water system, including the sink, handles and spout.

  • Clean all outside surfaces, especially of pantries and cupboards and oven.


  • Disinfect and clean baths, showers, toilets and basins.

  • Wash walls and glass surfaces of your shower, making sure not to leave any stains or water marks.

  • Clear out medicine and sink cabinets of all items, and clean the interiors of these shelves and cupboards.

  • Clean and polish all mirrors.

  • Like the kitchen, make sure to fully clean the sink, including the handles and spout of any faucet(s).

  • Wash any tiled surfaces thoroughly, making sure to clean in between individual tiles.

General interior

  • Empty and clean all wardrobes, cupboards, drawers, shelves and any other storage spaces

  • Thoroughly clean any see-through surface, including windows, sliding doors and fly screens.

  • Dust every surface and remove all cobwebs. Make sure to look in every little nook and cranny to make sure you do not miss any spaces!

  • Wipe down window ledges, doors and door frames, railings and skirting boards.

  • Clean ceiling fans, lights and hanging displays (i.e. chandeliers). Also make sure to clean blinds, shutters and curtains as these can easily collect dust.

  • Double check light fittings and switches to ensure there are no power disturbances.

  • Clean any furniture originally provided with the home and return them to their original positions.

  • Mop tiled surfaces and floorboards, vacuum house-wide and clean any scuff marks or stains off walls.

Exterior cleaning

  • Vacuum, sweep and/or mop any outdoor floors. This could be balconies, patios or general outdoor concrete areas such as a driveway.

  • Wash exterior windows and doors – it is a good idea to clean the same surfaces from both sides to ensure they are spotless!

  • Clean out belongings from the garage and sweep away excess cobwebs and dust.

  • Fully clean any outdoor appliances such as your barbecue.

  • Mow the lawn, pull out weeds and trim plants to an acceptable length.

  • Clean all outdoor furniture.

  • Remove any leaves from the pool and scrub down the inside walls if necessary. Also remember to clean out the filter and ensure any heating system is functioning properly.

  • Ensure any outdoor lighting is working properly and clean.


It can sometimes seem like a daunting challenge to receive the bond back on a home rental, but with this end of lease cleaning checklist, you shouldn’t have an issue! Make sure to check and double check everything on this list, and your house will definitely be looking its best by the time the landlord comes around!

Need boxes to help you move? Want to secure a storage unit for your excess belongings? Get in touch with Rhodes Self Storage today! Call us on 02 8765 1888 or Contact Us via our website.


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