Renting

Top tips for moving out

  • Clean the property thoroughly or get a professional company to perform this for you
  • When cleaning check against the following list:
  • Kitchen
    • Clean inside/outside out all cupboards
    • Wash all countertops and surface areas
    • Clean inside and outside of oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, defrost freezer (if supplied)
    • Clean cooktop, grill and rangehood
    • Clean sink and taps, including descaling
    • Clean windows, window sills/tracks, window and door frames and fly screens
    • Sweep/vacuum and wash floors
  • Bathroom
    • Clean sink, toilet and bath including taps
    • Clean tiles
    • Remove any mould from walls/tiles and ceiling
    • Wash shower curtain/clean shower doors or enclosure
    • Clean all surface areas, shower rails and mirrors
    • Sweep and wash all floors
  • Other rooms
    • Dust and wash all surfaces
    • Dust and wash door and window frames and window sills/tracks
    • Clean mirrors
    • Dust fans
    • Wipe outside of air conditioning units, clean filters
    • Clean out any cupboards or wardrobes
    • Dust and clean skirting boards
    • Vacuum and wash floors
  • Outdoor areas
    • Mow grass, weed and trim edges
    • Clean out any leaves or debris in the pool (check for any special conditions in the tenancy agreement)
    • Sweep external areas
    • Empty and wash out bins
    • Remove any oil stains on driveway or in garage
    • Remove cobwebs
  • General
    • Remove all rubbish from property
    • Get carpets cleaned and pest control conducted if specified in the tenancy agreement
  • Fill out the Exit condition report (Form 14a) (or Form 14b for moveable dwellings) after you move out any furniture or other possessions
  • Approach it systematically - go from room to room and fill in each section of the report
  • Use extra pages if necessary
  • The original Entry condition report is used to compare against the exit report. Your property owner/manager will be able to supply you with a copy if you do not have it
  • If you do use a professional cleaner, check the property after the work is done before you return the keys
  • The tenant/resident should provide their forwarding address to the RTA. Include the forwarding address on the Refund of rental bond (Form 4).