End of tenancy cleaning is quite possibly the worst and most stressful clean you will ever have to do. As if packing all of your belongings and making sure you haven’t left anything behind isn’t stressful enough, making sure the place is tidied to the standard of your landlord only adds to the nightmare that is moving out. If you’re a tenant, getting your whole deposit back may well depend on this very last clean and whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a cleaner, it needs to be done thoroughly.
Most of you will have had a price list in your tenancy agreement informing you of how much everything is if it isn’t in the state it was when you first moved in and if you have ever looked over this, I’m sure we can all agree that the prices are outrageous and making sure everything is either fixed, replaced or cleaned makes sure this charge never even happens. In some cases, finding something in violation of your security deposit isn’t a very difficult task but is still easily avoidable. There are such little details you might not even notice because you’ve lived there for so long and you’ve just become accustomed to them which is exactly why you might decide to hire a professional cleaner to go over those last few spots you didn’t get. But if you decide to save the cash and do it yourself, here are a few tips to get through it as hassle free as possible.
1. Finish one room before you start another. Some people might get bored of the same atmosphere and because of the amount of work still to be done, move to a different room as they aren’t seeing the progress they had hoped for. Moving from room to room actually uses up a lot more of your time and it is much more efficient to stay in one room so you don’t rush and miss something important.
2. Get friends and family to help you. This way, they might be able to spot anything you might have missed. You could even assign different people to different rooms and get the whole job done much quicker. If you live with other people, divide the property between you and if you each get other family members/friends to help, then the job will be a breeze.
3. Make yourself a checklist. To make sure you get everything, check off things as you go along. For the kitchen, you not only have to clean the surfaces but also all of the kitchen appliances, the insides of cupboards, draws and microwaves. Bathrooms need to be descaled and any mould needs to be properly cleaned and removed. There are a lot of things you can easily forget about because they aren’t in your immediate sight so make a list and make sure you get them all.
4. Check what your landlord expects. Sometimes the property you are renting is going to be refurbished or even knocked down so spending hours making everything is perfect isn’t necessary in the slightest. Asking your landlord what he expects of you can reduce the time you clean for and the effort you need to put in.
So as you see, there are a lot of things to think about when doing your end of tenancy clean besides the panic of packing however, as long as you make a plan and stick to it, everything should be in order and you should get every penny of your deposit back.