6 simple mistakes that can cost you your bond

Quick and easy ways to maximise your bond refund

When you’re moving out of your rental property, you want to get as much of your bond back as possible.

But unfortunately only about half of tenants get their full bond refunded. A further third of tenants get only part of their bond back – and one in ten tenants get absolutely none of their bond cash back!

When moving out, it’s easy to make a mistake here and there and cost yourself some precious cash. Maximise your bond refund by avoiding some common mistakes.

Don’t make any of these mistakes that can cost you your bond

  • When vacating your rental property, it’s often smartest to ask your agent for their preferred cleaner’s details, and pay them to do a thorough move out clean for you.
  • Sure, this might cost a few hundred bucks, but it will not only save you time, it’s money well-spent if it helps ensure your full rental bond is refunded.

Want to clean your property yourself?

Here’s 6 areas to pay some extra attention to.

  1. Leaving your mark – or not!
  • While your property manager makes some allowance for general wear and tear, make sure you give all walls, doors and blinds a thorough clean.
  • Use a cleaner like sugar soap and warm water to remove all possible scuffs and grubby hand marks.
  • Pay particular attention on and around light switches, door handles and skirting boards.
  1. Appliances
  • Built-in appliances like the oven and dishwasher run for countless hours during your tenancy. So don’t forget to spend an hour or two making them as spick and span as possible.
  • Grab a dishwasher cleaner from the supermarket and run it through a cycle.
  • Remove and clean the filter, and wipe all seals and door trims thoroughly.
  • Use a powerful oven cleaner, including on any shelves and racks, and wipe all surfaces and doors clean.
  • And don’t forget the stove top and range hood, where lots of grease can build up. Your property manager will check!
  1. Make sure out of sight isn’t out of mind!
  • Dust and grime builds up in hard to see areas like ceiling and exhaust fans.
  • Be sure to give these a good clean.
  1. Mould mania
  • The presence of mould is a common reason some of your bond might be withheld.
  • The best way to avoid this is to tackle any mould as soon as it starts appearing, and to keep areas like bathrooms ventilated by leaving the window open a little.
  • When moving out, use a quality mould remover and a lot of elbow grease to scrub shower screens, tile grout and all wet areas to whisk away any mould and bacteria.
  1. Pet problems
  • If you have pets, be sure to remove any signs of them when moving out.
  • This includes thorough vacuuming and rectifying any damage they may have caused inside or outside.
  1. Get the garden tip-top
  • If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor area or perhaps even a pool, that you were responsible for maintenance of, be sure to have it looking immaculate.
  • Mow lawns, remove any weeds and do a general tidy.
  • Have the pool sparkling clean and chlorinated for your final inspection.

Avoid any arguments

  • A great way to avoid any contention over damage at the end of your tenancy is to take lots of photos when you first move in.
  • This creates a clear record of any existing damage so that the finger of blame doesn’t get pointed your way, and your bond refund isn’t affected.