Approach Your End Of Lease Cleaning The Right Way

20May 2015

Are you coming to the end of your tenancy agreement? Preparing to move out but have too much going on? Well, don’t forget to clean your property. It’ll be a shame to forgo your deposit just for the sake of a few cleanliness issues. Move out cleaning is easy if you know what to do, so follow these top tips to help get you started.

1.    Start tackling those problem areas sooner rather than later.
You want to leave yourself plenty of time to take care of any areas that are in need of extra attention. However, don’t clean everything too far in advance, because things are bound to get dirty again. Just be smart in your approach to end of tenancy cleaning and tackle those problem areas first!

2.    Walk around your rooms and keep an eye out for anything that sticks out, because after all, most landlords will use all the ammunition they can to withhold your deposit. Don’t give them a reason to, and see to it that everything that needs mending or replaced gets sorted out, all stains are removed and every surface from floor to ceiling is clean and spotless. Attention to detail is key, because if you’ve got a picky landlord, they’ll hold every little thing against you to keep a hold of your cash.

3.    Spend some extra time in the kitchen.
Kitchens are notorious for harbouring all kinds of dirt, including stains, food marks and scum, that can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Even if you wipe down surfaces regularly and you think that you’ve done a good job, it’s well worth spending an extra bit of time and effort in your kitchen giving it a deep and thorough clean. If you’ve got cleaners and equipment, then just follow the instructions and you’re bound to get fantastic results. But if you haven’t managed to take a trip down to your local cleaning store, there’s still plenty you can do. Although you may think that you need store-bought products to tackle kitchen cleaning, you can actually get fabulous results using everyday household items that should be part of your kitchen larder. As long as you have some baking soda and vinegar and are prepared to put in a little bit of elbow grease, you can make your oven sparkle, the clean and natural way. For oven cleaning, make up a paste and scrub it onto every surface of your oven. Leave it overnight to work its magic then scrape off. Then spray with vinegar to create a foamy solution and wipe clean. This can also be used to clean microwaves and work surfaces, although an antibacterial cleaner would work just as well.

4.    Take some photos.
Before the final inspection and before you hand over your keys, take a few pictures so that you have a record of what you’ve actually carried out. These can be referred to in the unfortunate event of any disputes at a later date.

5.    Call a cleaning company.
Preparing for a move can be a strenuous time for everyone involved. If you find yourself sinking and overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs carrying out, search for a cleaning agency and book a cleaning service to suit your needs. Don’t forget to keep any documents that you might exchange and take pictures of the work before and after so that you have a record of exactly what’s been carried out. It may be worth consulting with your landlord and seeing what they expect from you, which would certainly reduce the risk of you losing your deposit.

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