When a tenant moves out of a single-family rental home, you’ll need to prepare it for the next tenant. One of the things you’ll need to do is to clean the kitchen. But you can’t just give it an ordinary cleaning, it needs to be deep cleaned. This is because kitchens get grimy after months or even years of use. And the tenant that just left, no matter how conscientious they were, may have only done a surface clean before they moved out. That’s why, if you want to attract the next tenant and make sure he sticks with you, you have to do a thorough clean of your Torrance rental property’s kitchen. You’ll need to get to every part of it. This may take some time to do but it is one task that is 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 Torrance. As prospective renters take a tour of the property, they may not spot the parts where you cut corners on cleaning the kitchen. However, once they’re living there, that dirty kitchen will be a major cause for complaint and a headache for you. Tenants want a rental home where they can feel comfortable in, and that means one that’s been correctly and thoroughly cleaned. And when they discover that basic cleaning and maintenance tasks haven’t been done— especially if they find out after they go through all the trouble of moving in— they will surely feel deceived and unhappy.
It may be hard work, but deep cleaning a kitchen will not only give you happy tenants but it simultaneously extends 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. All these tasks are necessary to help your appliances last for many more years.
When you are deep cleaning a kitchen, remember to pay close attention to the areas that often get overlooked on a day-to-day basis. Walls and ceilings need to be dusted, and if that’s not enough, scrubbed 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. Ceiling fans, light fixtures, and any framed art or wall décor should likewise be carefully wiped down. Finally, wipe down all countertops and other surfaces, and mop the floors, including behind the stove and refrigerator. You’ve got to include those areas because greasy spills and other messes can accumulate under appliances, creating bad odors and attracting insects.
Deep cleaning a kitchen properly takes so much time, but it has to be done. That doesn’t mean that you’ve got to be the one to do it yourself though. Real Property Management California Coast has excellent cleaning service providers on hand to take care of your Torrance rental property’s kitchen and other rooms. We can make sure that your rental home’s kitchen is spotless from top to bottom. Feel free to contact us online or call us at 310-535-2150. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.
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