So, the end of your tenancy has arrived and you are moving out. These next few days are imperative to a good, easy, and successful move. If you do not end your tenancy well, it could result in you losing your security deposit completely or seeing it severely reduced due to various cleanliness deductions claimed by your landlord. Ensuring you honour your end of tenancy clean is one of the easiest ways to guarantee the return of your deposit.
In this article, we will share with you our top end of tenancy cleaning tips so that you know how to leave a property well and in the condition you found it – if not better!
Invite Your Landlord for an Inventory Inspection
When you check out of a property, it is customary for the landlord or letting agent to complete a check-out inventory. This is a list of damages or areas of uncleanliness in the property. If the house is not in a condition to meet the standards specified within your tenancy agreement, deductions will be made from your initial security costs to cover the expenses of cleaning or repairs.
Therefore, to avoid these problems and any unexpected costs, we would recommend inviting your landlord to visit anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks prior to your moving out date. This is a good opportunity for you both to note down any cleaning recommendations or repair requirements. It’s always better to ask and this can prevent you losing your deposit too! So, taking an hour or two out of your day could save you a lot of money.
Consider Hiring a Professional Cleaning Service
There are many advantages to hiring a professional end of tenancy service. In fact, you can discover a list of the benefits here. However, when moving into a new house the main consideration many people make is that of packing up all their belongings. As a result, the cleaning is often neglected, forgotten about, or rushed through at the last minute.
Hiring a professional end of tenancy service can save you huge amounts of time and also take care of a deep cleaning, removing all the stains from the carpet, cleaning the oven, wiping the tops of cabinets, and cleaning the grout in the shower. And they can sort all of that while you focus on packing and moving into your new home. What could be better?
Often, if you work it out, hiring a professional cleaning company can save you money as well as extra time.
Make Time to Do the Cleaning Yourself
If you don’t have the finances, due to moving, to pay for a professional end of tenancy cleaning service, why not do the cleaning yourself? The great thing about moving is that all your belongings can be moved out so the property is empty. If you are carrying out the cleaning yourself, put aside a couple of days to complete the task and ensure you work room by room for a thorough clean. Follow our 10 cleaning tips to have your property looking spic and span.
Remove All Limescale
Limescale can be one of the most irritating and hardest cleaning tasks you carry out. And yet its presence can often cause tenants to lose their deposits. So, to avoid losing money and to get your property looking spic and span, thoroughly remove all limescale and deal with it as early as possible. Common places to check for limescale and thoroughly clean are:
- Glassware and cookware
- Kettles and coffee makers
- Washing machines and dishwashers
- Taps, fixtures, and fittings
- Showers and Baths
- Around the toilet bowl
Don’t Forget Those Commonly Overlooked Areas
The end of tenancy checks carried out once you have vacated the property are detailed and often severe, so it is important you don’t forget to clean those commonly overlooked areas. Your landlord will strictly check whether there is surface dust or marks left on any kitchen worktops, bathroom utilities, furnishing tops, shelves, skirting boards, light fixtures, door handles, and light switches. When cleaning your property, don’t forget to give those commonly forgotten spaces a wipe over with a cloth and some spray.
Call Why Bother Cleaning Today
If you are about to move into a new house and you need to organise your end of tenancy clean, call Why Bother Cleaning today. We provide professional and thorough end of tenancy cleaning services for all our customers in the UK. Call our team for more information today.