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. Kitchens get grimy after months or even years of use, and tenants may not know that a surface clean isn’t enough, so that’s all they do before moving out. And we really can’t expect them to do more than that. For this reason, if you want to keep your Moorpark rental property attractive for the next tenant and if you want them to stay for a long time, make sure you thoroughly clean your property’s kitchen. This task may be time-consuming, but it is one that is well worth it.
For quality tenants to choose your rental home in Moorpark, you have to make sure it’s attractive to them; you need to offer a property that is clean and in good repair. As prospective renters take a tour of the property, they may not spot the parts where you cut corners on cleaning the kitchen. But when they’ve been living in it for a time, that dirty kitchen will be a major cause for complaint and a headache for you. Tenants prefer a rental home that has been correctly and thoroughly cleaned and will feel deceived and unhappy when they find out that basic cleaning and maintenance tasks have not been done. Especially if they find out after the contracts have been signed and they’ve already moved 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 of these are tasks that you must do to keep your appliances running for a long period of time.
When you are deep cleaning a kitchen, be mindful of the areas that often get overlooked on a day-to-day basis. Walls and ceilings need to be cleaned. Sometimes a dusting will do but other times, you’ll need to have it scrubbed with a degreasing cleaner. Air vents, doorknobs, and switch plates all need to be thoroughly cleaned. This also applies to the stove hood, fan, and filter.
Blinds and curtains should be removed and washed, and the windows cleaned inside and out. Also have the ceiling fans, light fixtures, and any framed art or wall décor carefully wiped down. After finishing all that, wipe down all countertops and other surfaces, and mop the floors, including behind the stove and refrigerator. You’ve got to include those areas because 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. However, you don’t have to personally be the one doing the cleaning. Real Property Management Ventura County has excellent cleaning service providers on hand to take care of your Moorpark rental property’s kitchen and other rooms. We can guarantee that your rental home’s kitchen is spotless from top to bottom. Feel free to contact us online or call us at 805-387-3682. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.
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