Moving out of a home is one of the most stressful periods in a tenancy. Here are some tips for a stress free moving out process.
Paperwork preparation – Prepare yourself and know what to expect by having your entry condition report handy. You should have returned a signed entry condition report to the property manager within 3 days of your move in so make sure you compare your notes at the beginning of the tenancy to the condition prior to your move out. Property managers understand wear and tear so you can rest assured slight scuff marks on the walls are part and parcel of renting and is expected at settlement. However, if you have placed a large gash on the wall, make sure you have a professional attend to this instead of a DIY project;
Bond clean – While there is no legislative provision for you to engage a bond cleaner, often there are things that a bond cleaner can do better because they do it every single day. A property manager’s concern will be, is this clean good enough for the next tenant, whereas a tenant’s concern will be have I put enough effort into cleaning the property. Help both parties and help yourself by making sure you clean the property yourself as much as possible, and then get a bond cleaner to top it up with minimal cost;
Steam cleaning – Refer to your lease contract and find out what items require steam cleaning. Often steam cleaners charge a very reasonable rate of steam cleaning, which is more economical than hiring a steam clean machine;
Work with the property manager – Pick up the phone and speak to the property manager to see if there are professionals that they prefer. Often, Nuvaq will have a list of cleaners and steam cleaners that they use very often and can confirm the quality of work in order to reduce any dispute during the tenancy moving out process;
Bond refund form – Process the bond refund form together with the property manager to ensure you can sort out any disputes immediately and discuss ways to address the issues.
The tenancy moving out process is daunting only because tenants are not sure what to expect. To avoid any power play between parties, schedule a meeting with the property manager to find out how best to address issues prior to, during and after a move out period. You would be surprised to find out that property managers are as keen as you to finalise a bond for a tenancy move out.