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Professional vs DIY End of Tenancy Cleaning

Weighing pros and cons

If you are moving houses and your tenancy agreement is relatively liberal you are probably considering doing the end of tenancy cleaning yourself to save some money. There’s nothing wrong in that if you know exactly what you need to do and you do it perfectly. In this post, we are going to explore some of the pros and cons of hiring a professional team to do the job and rolling your sleeves up for some DIY end of tenancy cleaning.

Professional End of Tenancy Cleaning

Pros

You can benefit a lot from letting a professional team of cleaners come into the property and deal with the final cleaning. For example:

  • You save time and energy – You can focus on your new home and life, rather than the old one.
  • You maximise your chances of getting your full deposit back. – Professional end of tenancy cleaning companies work with landlord and agency approved checklists. They know what needs to be done and pay attention to small details.

Cons

Nothing is perfect and there are also some disadvantages to opting for a professional end of tenancy cleaning.

  • It can be expensive. – The average end of tenancy cleaning price for a 2-bed property in London is between £200 and £250. It’s possible to find cheaper providers, but you need to select carefully.
  • Crime and damage can occur. – Reputable cleaning companies usually have their staff DBS checked, which provides a good level of security for the customer. However, there are providers who can be dishonest, which is why you should always check reviews before booking an appointment. If you hire the wrong end of tenancy cleaning team, the property can suffer damage due to inexperienced staff. In some furnished properties certain items can end up missing, which will create an unpleasant situation for you.

DIY End of Tenancy Cleaning

Pros

If you are one of those people who think no one can do the cleaning better than them, you are probably tempted to get on with the job yourself. Let’s see why this could be a good decision.

  • You save money. – If you are doing DIY end of tenancy cleaning all you have to spend is your time, efforts and less than £50 for cleaning materials. Decide for yourself if it sounds like a good deal.
  • You don’t have to worry about strangers coming into the property. – Particularly for those who have trust issues, DIY end of tenancy cleaning may be the better option. The time you would spend researching for a good and honest cleaning company you can use to do the actual cleaning.

Cons

On the other side of the coin, you may want to think twice before you put on the rubber gloves and grab the sponge.

  • You may lose money. – One of the most common reasons for deposit disputes is end of tenancy cleaning. More specifically, the landlord reports dissatisfaction with the condition of the property especially if it hasn’t been professionally cleaned. They can then ask the tenant to pay for the cost of a professional service provided by a company the landlord or agent chooses. In that case, you can lose much more money from your deposit than what you would have paid for the service provided by cleaners you would have chosen.
  • You can damage your health. – The cleaning materials used for end of tenancy cleaning are usually very strong and professionals are specifically trained on how to use them. Many of them can cause long-term damage to the lungs, skin, eyes and other organs of your body if improperly used.

We won’t tell you what’s the right choice, but we are pretty sure you already know. In case you need us, booking an appointment is really easy. We are looking forward to helping you move happily and stress-free.

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