When a tenant moves out of a single-family rental home, make sure that you do everything you need to do to get it ready for a new tenant. One of those things is seeing to it that the kitchen is clean— and not just an ordinary cleaning, but a deep clean. 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. This means that if you want to attract and retain your next tenant, you’re going to have to give your West Allis 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.
You have to offer a property that is clean and in good repair if you want to draw the quality tenants in. This is an important part of managing your rental home in West Allis. As prospective renters walk through and take a look at the property, there is a likelihood that they wouldn’t have noticed that you cut corners on cleaning the kitchen. However, when they’re living in the home, that dirty kitchen will surely 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.
It may be hard work, but deep cleaning a kitchen will make your tenants happy 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. These tasks are all important in helping you keep your appliances in working order for many more years to come.
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 dusted and, if needed, scrub with a degreasing cleaner. Air vents, doorknobs, and switch plates all need to be thoroughly cleaned. The same thing 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 still need to clean those hard to reach areas because greasy spills and other messes can accumulate under appliances, creating bad odors and attracting insects.
Deep cleaning a kitchen properly would take a considerable amount of time, but it isn’t something you can ignore. That doesn’t mean that you’ve got to be the one to do it yourself though. Real Property Management Greater Milwaukee has excellent cleaning service providers on hand to take care of your West Allis rental property’s kitchen and other rooms. You can be confident that your rental home’s kitchen is spotless from top to bottom. Don’t hesitate to contact us or give us a ring at 262-309-6961 to know more.
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