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 Kalamazoo 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. Yes, it may be a time-consuming process, but it’s one that is well worth it.
You must offer a property that is clean and in good repair so that you can keep attracting quality tenants to your rental home in Kalamazoo. 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. But when they’ve made it their home, you’ll be sure that the 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’s something your tenants would be happy about while simultaneously extending the life of your surfaces, floors, and appliances. A number of tenants may wipe down countertops and other surfaces before they leave, 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 dusted and, if needed, scrub with a degreasing cleaner. Air vents, doorknobs, and switch plates all need to be thoroughly cleaned. The same is true 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 should also be carefully wiped down. The final steps would be to wipe down all countertops and other surfaces, and mop the floors, including behind the stove and refrigerator. You really need to clean those areas as well because greasy spills and other messes can accumulate under appliances, creating bad odors and attracting insects.
Deep cleaning a kitchen properly is really time-consuming, but you really can’t ignore it. That doesn’t mean that you need to be the one to personally do it, however. Real Property Management Investment Solutions has excellent cleaning service providers on hand to take care of your Kalamazoo rental property’s kitchen and other rooms. We can see to it that your rental home’s kitchen is spotless from top to bottom. Please contact us online or call us at 616-419-4578 to learn more.
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