One of the most important things you’ll want when you vacate a property is for your rental bond to be returned in full. To make sure you get your rental bond back in full every time you move, there are a few things you can do to be proactive. Here are our five steps to get your rental bond back in full.
Check your Entry Condition Report
When you vacate a property, it needs to be in the same condition as when you moved in with the exception of reasonable wear and tear. Unsurprisingly, reasonable wear and tear will mean different things to different people, especially your property manager and landlord. This is why it’s important to check your entry condition report to compare it to the state of your property when you’re moving out. Your entry condition report will have a record of major faults in the property when you moved in, so you know where to focus your attention when you’re cleaning and repairing anything before you move out.
Get a Moving Out Checklist
Most real estate agencies will have a checklist that you need to work through in order to get your bond back in full. This checklist will include reminders for what needs to be cleaned and additional administration such as your exit condition report.
Organise a Pre-Vacate Inspection
Before you officially vacate your property, organise a pre-vacate inspection with your property manager. This will give them an opportunity to let you know if anything needs further attention before you move out. It will also prevent any delays in getting your bond back because you’ll be able to action things before your tenancy ends.
Get a Professional Bond Clean
Getting a professional cleaner to do your bond clean is a great way to ensure you get your bond back in full as the cleaners are thorough and know exactly what needs to be done. This does come at a cost, but it will save you time. If you’re interested in having a professional cleaner complete your bond clean, talk to your property manager to see if they can recommend someone. This is always a good option as the cleaners will know what the property managers expect of them in terms of cleaning standards.
Stay on Top of Reporting Issues
Throughout your tenancy, make sure you report issues as soon as they occur. This will help keep communication open with your property manager or landlord, and it will increase the likelihood that your bond is returned in full at the end of your lease. Getting your bond back in full doesn’t have to take guesswork and stress. If you’re proactive about reporting issues to your property manager throughout your tenancy and take the time to clean your place to a high standard before you vacate, you should get your bond back in full.
And when it’s time to find a new home to move into, check out our other article titled 4 Steps for putting together a Strong Rental Application