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. For this reason, if you want to keep your Arcata 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. It can take a while, but the time you spend on it is going to be well worth it.
For quality tenants to choose your rental home in Arcata, 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 go around the property looking at different rooms, they may not take a close look at the kitchen. They may not know 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 when you do it, you’re making your tenants happy while simultaneously extending the life of your surfaces, floors, and appliances. There will be tenants who will give the countertops and other surfaces a good wipe down 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 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. The same goes for 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 must also be wiped down carefully. Lastly, wipe down all countertops and other surfaces, and mop the floors, including behind the stove and refrigerator. You need to get into those areas as well since 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. However, you don’t have to personally be the one doing the cleaning. Real Property Management Humboldt has excellent cleaning service providers on hand to take care of your Arcata rental property’s kitchen and other rooms. We can make sure that your rental home’s kitchen is spotless from top to bottom. For more information, contact us online or give us a ring at 707-444-3835.
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