To caulk or not to caulk?
June 15, 2014 5:49 PM Subscribe
In an Australian rental unit, how likely is it that our landlords will expect the caulking in the shower to be clean at move-out, and if they will, should we do the caulking ourselves to avoid paying a handyman for this simple but tedious and probably time-consuming job?
We live in a rental unit in Melbourne. Of the two places we've previously lived in Australia, both in Adelaide, one had a really expensive move-out because the rental agency kept finding little things to ding us on (e.g. cobwebs on the swimming pool enclosure.) In the places in the US where I've lived, landlords usually write some stuff off as normal wear if you leave the house in an otherwise very clean condition, and in our other Australian apartment they didn't even care that we hadn't washed the windows (which seems to be a bigger deal here than in the US.)
So, the caulking in our shower is blackened and sort of gross. Is this the sort of thing Australian landlords hate or give a pass on? And given it was kind of expensive to get the cobwebs taken care of (we had moved to Melbourne by that point and couldn't just go over and sweep them up), would it be reasonable to put in the $3 for caulking and the hours of labor ourselves? The shower enclosure has a plastic floor, so the removal will require a certain amount of delicacy and take longer than it would for silicone on tile or porcelain.