So, your tenancy agreement states that you need to have your apartment professionally cleaned when moving out. But what is this exactly and how will it influence your budget? This article explains everything you need to know about the end of tenancy cleaning.
I start by saying that it’s fair and reasonable to return the property in the condition in which you found it at your arrival. Moreover, if you sign a contract that makes reference to the cleanliness of the property, you may need a full professional clean before your check out report is done.
Of course, you can choose to clean the house yourself. But most estate agents and landlords will inspect all the corners of your home and expect a spotless place. When your deposit is on the line, you may want to consider the advantages of hiring a professional team of cleaners
Professional Cleaning Services vs. Do It Yourself: What to Consider
End of tenancy cleaning involves deep cleaning, which goes beyond regular dusting and wiping down surfaces. Most probably, you haven’t done deep cleaning in your house for many months, leaving you with much work to be executed in little time.
When we’re solicited for end of tenancy cleaning services in London, we send a team of three to five people, depending on the size of the property. Usually, they clean the house for an average of four to eight hours depending on how dirty the property is. It’s not something that you and your partner could achieve in a day or two.
Professional cleaners have extensive experience in end of tenancy cleaning services, so you’ll get a deep clean of your home from side to side. From doors and skirting boards to cleaning every inch of your bathroom and all the kitchen appliances, they don’t leave any surface untouched.
It’s a job that requires time and patience, as well as some effective cleaning products that people rarely use for regular domestic cleaning.
What End of Tenancy Cleaning Includes
Whether you hire a professional cleaning service provider or decide to scrub everything by yourself, here’s a list of tasks that you (or the cleaners) need to complete to achieve the professional standards required in your contract. In all the rooms:
- Clean baseboards, ceiling fans, light fittings, and sockets.
- Remove cobwebs.
- Wash windows, window sills, and doors.
- Dust all pieces of furniture on all sides, including the bottoms.
- Vacuum and mop floors.
- Remove any marks from the walls.
- Clean the carpets
In the kitchen:
- Defrost fridge/freezer and clean all surfaces, including shelves and crispers.
- Deep clean the oven, hob, extractor, and all other kitchen appliances, such as microwave, dishwasher, and the top of the refrigerator.
- Wipe down the facing of all kitchen cabinets, including handles (to remove all grubbiness and grease).
- Polish the surfaces in stainless steel or glass.
- Remove grease and grime from all the places where it could have accumulated since your arrival.
- Remove all timescales from sinks and taps, and polish sink after cleaning the whole kitchen.
In the bathroom:
- Clean all glass surfaces and mirrors.
- Dust light bulbs and cabinets.
- Disinfect the entire bathroom, including the sink, faucet, tub, shower head, and all the toilet surfaces.
- Remove grime, dirt, and mold on tiles and grout.
- Remove all limescale and watermarks.
As part of the end of tenancy cleaning, your estate agent or landlord could expect that you clean the garage and balconies, as well. As a guideline, it all depends on how clean the property was at your arrival, but it’s always better to discuss all these details with your agent to avoid losing your deposit.
The Advantages of “Professional” End of Tenancy Cleaning
Going back to what the term “professionally” means, you should know that in many cases it’s not purely “lawyers language.” Most probably, if it’s in your contract, your landlord expects the intervention of a cleaning company on the property and won’t return your deposit until you contract professional cleaning services.
End of tenancy cleaning isn’t about cutting corners. Like many tenants, you may feel tempted to try doing everything by yourself, without considering all the benefits that come with contracting professional cleaning services.
Many tenants find themselves in the position of hiring a cleaning contractor AFTER they’ve already performed a deep cleaning by themselves. That’s because they don’t meet the standards requested by the landlord, due to a lack of experience and proper cleaning equipment. In this case, they end up wasting precious hours cleaning and still pay the fee for professional cleaning services.
Furthermore, hiring a professional cleaning company protects you from a dispute with your landlord regarding the state of cleanliness of the apartment. If you provide a receipt of a proper professional clean, your letting agent or landlord is less likely to fault you. In the worst scenario, the cleaning company will have to go back and redo the work at no extra cost to you. So one less thing for you to worry about in your moving process.
Now ready for a professional end of tenancy cleaning? We can do it for you! Give us a call at 0333 5777 393 and make an appointment today!