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Before you move out of your house / living arrangements, make sure that the area is completely clean. If you are unable to clean it yourself or are worried that you lack some cleaning ability, then don’t worry. JKP Cleaning can help you out, their Bond Cleaning Brisbane services can help you get a shiny and clean house.

The best way to learn to do something is to have already done it before. If that’s not an option, you can learn in the process of doing something for the first time. Only, mistakes can be expensive. If you have to get it right first time you may benefit from observing others and listening to some experience.

Rules for moving out of a rental residence vary according to the laws of the land and the type of accommodation. You usually need to give 28 day notice, but this varies; Google the arrangements for you state, city and type of accommodation. Failure to give adequate notice might mean paying rent for a period after you leave.

If all matters are fine with the property you should receive the full bond amount back. If you are to receive less than this you should agree with the landlord on the amount and the reasons. If you sign a bond claim form is should show the amount to be refunded; do not sign if it doesn’t show the refund amount.

Just to be safe, take some photos of the property after it has been vacated and cleaned out. Digital photos are super cheap, so take plenty of images.
The bond refund and any rent you owe are two separate matters. You cannot use the bond money as part of your rent. If you owe rent you must pay it before you receive the bond money back.

Avoid any circumstances where your possessions are left behind on the property. If you do leave possessions behind, arrange to collect then as soon as possible. A landlord cannot keep your items, even if you owe them rent, but they are not obliged to keep the either. Consumer Affairs Departments in different states have different ways of dealing with this. It is best to take all possession with you to avoid complications.

Remember to :

  • Disconnect utilities, gas, electricity and water.
  • Arrange for re-directed mail and change of address information.
  • Purge your possessions of what you don’t need before you move. But remember, some items might be more valuable than you realize. Take notice of old furniture, paintings, musical instruments … etc.
  • Look at the insurance situation. If you can, transfer insurance to the new house, and see if it covers the removal as well. Look at the insurance the removal company has.
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