DIY tips for getting your bond back

We all know someone who’s been a bit over zealous during their rental tenancy – and accidentally damaged their landlord’s property. Here are a few DIY opportunities that may help you (or that friend) get themselves out of a sticky situation.

Most landlords genuinely have their tenant’s best interests at heart, so when something needs fixing they make sure it gets fixed. With that in mind, if you’re ever in the situation where you’ve damaged someone else’s property and you’re not sure what the best course of action is, sometimes there comes a time when you just have to front up and face the music.

Cleaning

The Residential Tenancies Act states that the home must be left in a “reasonable” standard. Whilst this word makes it a little difficult to gage what needs to be clean the best thing to think about is to leave it the way you would be happy to move into a new home. Clean the windows, carpets, floors, whiteware and electrical sockets, empty the rubbish bins and ensure any chattels are left in a good condition- if not let the landlord know asap as to what happened

Paint

The key to repainting old walls is, and always will be, matching the existing colour. Get yourself a decent-sized sample of the existing area (approx. 4 sqm) and make sure you take that with you to any hardware or paint store to be colour matched. They can get any colour really close these days.

Carpet

Everyone at some stage has accidently knocked over a drink at home. For the ones less fortunate that have done it on carpet, my advice would be to act quickly. You can hire steam cleaning machines from places like Bunnings, so if you’re tight on a dollar consider purchasing some Vanish carpet cleaner from the supermarket and a DIY steam cleaner.

Electrical / Plumbing

There’s a good reason plumbers and sparkies must be licensed. My advice here, hands down, is to own up and engage a professional. Not only could you potentially do serious damage and cost yourself more money in the long run, but with electrical involved there’s a very real possibility of death or serious injury.

Here’s hoping the above has helped. At the end of the day, like mum said back in primary school, sometimes ‘honesty is the best policy.