Don’t leave it for the last minute.
Getting your bond back starts from when you move in. The longer the spills, crumbs and dust remain the harder they are to remove. Especially stains, they are much easier to clean then and there than days, weeks or months down the track. You don’t need to be a perfectionist, just clean up after every meal, every spill and do a general clean every week or two. A casual, dust, bathroom clean and vacuum won’t do any harm and will help your wallet down the line.
Know what kind of person you are.
Are you a perfectionist, organised mess or the “never have” cleaned type of person. If you classify as the first two, as long as you are regularly clean so that no spills or dirt builds up and leaves stains, you should be more than capable of keeping your rental in a satisfactory condition.
If you are the “never have” cleaner.
You have two options, one for those on a strict budget and others for the time poor without such a cash constraint.
Yes, you may be on a budget, but weigh up the profits (in this case savings) and losses. Not enlisting the help of a regular professional cleaner may give you some extra cash for the meantime. But! Always a but, when it’s time to get your bond back if you haven’t changed your ways you won’t be so much saving money when your rental has been damaged from your lack of cleaning and repairs are needed from (avoidable) neglect.
So either way, If you know that you are a “never have” and you have accepted that, to assure you get your bond back in full you need to enlist a professional cleaner at the start. You may start weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on how many are living with you, if you have any events or are snowed under at work.
It’s not too late to start, better to be sooner rather than later.
Even if it is training you to clean or hiring a regular professional cleaner.