When a tenant decides to move out of a single-family rental home, you’ll need to get it ready for the next tenant. There are some things you’ll need to do and one of them is cleaning the kitchen, and it shouldn’t just be a light cleaning. The kitchen needs to be deep cleaned. This is because kitchens get grimy after months or even years of use. And the tenant that just left, no matter how conscientious they were, may have only done a surface clean before they moved out. This means that if you want to attract and retain your next tenant, you’re going to have to give your Fort Lauderdale rental property’s kitchen a thorough cleaning. It can take a while, but the time you spend on it is going to be well worth it.
For your Fort Lauderdale rental home to attract quality tenants, you’ll need to offer a property that is clean and in good repair. As prospective renters take a look at the different rooms of your property, they may just gloss over the kitchen and not notice if you’ve cut corners on cleaning the kitchen. However, after they move in and see the state of the kitchen, you can be certain that the dirty kitchen will be a major cause for complaint and a headache for you. Tenants want to come home to a place that has been correctly and thoroughly cleaned. They will feel deceived and unhappy when they discover that the rental home they’re paying for did not go through basic cleaning and maintenance. Even more so if they discover it after going through all the effort of moving in.
Deep cleaning a kitchen is hard work, but it would delight your tenants while simultaneously extending the life of your surfaces, floors, and appliances. Some tenants will help by wiping down countertops and other surfaces before they move out, but cupboard interiors also need to be wiped out and their exterior surfaces scrubbed with a grease-removing cleanser.
Refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwaves need to be wiped down, inside and out, on top and underneath. The rubber gasket around refrigerator doors should also be wiped clean and the coils vacuumed or dusted. Even self-cleaning ovens need the baked-on food and wire racks removed before turning them on, and electric stovetops should be taken apart and scrubbed down. All these are important tasks that help keep your appliances in good working condition for years to come.
When you are deep cleaning a kitchen, make sure to consider the items that often get overlooked on a day-to-day basis. Walls and ceilings need to be dusted but there are times where you’ll need to have it scrubbed with a degreasing cleaner. Air vents, doorknobs, and switch plates all need to be thoroughly cleaned. So do the stove hood, fan, and filter.
Blinds and curtains should be removed and washed, and the windows cleaned inside and out. Ceiling fans, light fixtures, and any framed art or wall décor should also be carefully wiped down. The last stage is to wipe down all countertops and other surfaces, and mop the floors, including behind the stove and refrigerator. You have to clean those places since greasy spills and other messes can accumulate under appliances, creating bad odors and attracting insects.
Deep cleaning a kitchen properly takes so much time, but it has to be done. That doesn’t mean that you’ve got to be the one to do it yourself though. Real Property Management Sunshine has excellent cleaning service providers on hand to take care of your Fort Lauderdale rental property’s kitchen and other rooms. We can see to it that your rental home’s kitchen is spotless from top to bottom. If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us or call us at 305-930-7867.
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