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The Complete Guide to End of Tenancy Cleaning

Are you planning to move houses soon? One of the things you will surely have to do is arrange an end of tenancy cleaning of the property. A lot of people don’t know much about this an often end up losing a big part of or even their full deposit. We don’t want this to happen to you, so we have prepared a complete guide to end of tenancy cleaning, in which you will find every bit of information you need.

What is end of tenancy cleaning?

End of tenancy cleaning is very similar to deep cleaning. It is done at the end of your letting agreement and generally, isn’t a light work. This type of cleaning, literally leaves no place unturned, including the back of furniture and appliances, carpets, windows and many other small details.

Why landlords and agents require end of tenancy cleaning

Most tenancy agreements require the tenants to provide thorough cleaning of the property upon their departure. If the place was professionally cleaned before the tenants moved in, they will be expected to provide the same level of end of tenancy cleaning. The most common reason for landlords and agents to demand this is because it increases the chances of the property to be re-let for the same or even higher price. Rarely prospective tenants reserve a property which is still occupied or hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned after the previous tenants.

Can you do it yourself

There is no law that says you must pay for a professional end of tenancy cleaning service unless you can such a clause in your tenancy agreement. If your property was domestically cleaned when you moved in, then you can do the final cleaning yourself. Bear in mind, however, that you have to return the property in the exact same condition you accepted it. Fair wear and tear policy would apply to the carpets and walls, but everything else should be left close to spotless.

The things you need to consider if you do decide to go for DIY end of tenancy cleaning are:

  • It may take you a whole day or even longer, especially if you are cleaning solo
  • There are many tiny details that are easy to miss by a non-professional, so make sure you have a checklist.
  • According to one of the three approved deposit protection schemes MyDeposits, the most common reason for disputes between landlords and tenants is the level of cleanliness of the vacated property.

What does end of tenancy cleaning include room by room

General Cleaning

As we already said, end of tenancy cleaning is a complex job and it entails a lot of tasks. The general cleaning includes:

  • Windows and window frames washing
  • Door washing (inside and out)
  • Removing dust from blinds
  • Tidying up outside spaces

Living Room

The living room presumably is the most used in the property so it suffers quite a lot of damage on the carpets and furniture. Good news is, this can be remedied during end of tenancy cleaning (or most of it, at least!). The activity includes:

  • Cleaning all hard surfaces -bookshelves, cabinets, tables, chairs and more
  • Cleaning the sockets
  • Removing some stains from the walls
  • Wiping and dusting of the skirting boards
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Vacuuming

Bedrooms

Bedrooms should be fairly easy to clean, especially if there is no furniture that belongs in the property. Otherwise, the checklist would include:

  • Cleaning the wardrobes and chest of drawers inside and out, as well as on top and behind.
  • Wiping the mirrors
  • Cleaning the floors (vacuuming and mopping if hard flooring; vacuuming and carpet cleaning if the floor is carpeted)
  • Wiping and dusting of the skirting boards
  • Mattress cleaning
  • Wiping off sockets and light keys
  • Removing some stains from the walls

The Hallway

The hallway is usually the smallest part of the property and that’s why it’s often overlooked by non-professionals during end of tenancy cleaning. That results in deposit deduction. The things that need to be covered in this section of the property are:

  • Thorough cleaning of the floor – treatment of weather stains and shoe marks
  • Dusting of any cabinets or hangers
  • Removing cobwebs from corners

Kitchen

Here comes one of the most hard to clean places in a home – the kitchen. It is the room that takes probably the most time to be fully cleaned. Here’s a list with all the tasks that need to be completed to perfection during an end of tenancy cleaning in the kitchen:

  • Wiping and sanitising the kitchen countertop
  • Cleaning of the cupboards and drawers inside and out
  • Cleaning the sink and taps
  • Cleaning the microwave, toaster and other electrical appliances that belong in the property
  • Cleaning of the washing machine, including the soap drawers
  • Cleaning the aspirator and dishwasher
  • Oven cleaning
  • Mopping and vacuuming the floor
  • Emptying and wiping the bins

Bathroom

The other home area that can be just as hard to clean as the kitchen is the bathroom. Some of the activities in there include leaving cleaning solutions to develop before you start scrubbing and wiping. Professionals usually start from here to save time while moving around other areas. The following needs to be done in the bathroom:

  • Sanitising and cleaning the bathtub, shower cubicle, sink and toilet
  • Removing limescale and mould spots from the shower head, taps and bathroom tiles and joints.
  • Cleaning the mirrors and vanity cupboards (inside and out)
  • Washing the toilet bowl
  • Mopping the floor
  • Deodorising

Carpet and upholstery cleaning are probably the most important services during an end of tenancy cleaning and they are best done by professionals. Curtains, upholstery fabrics and carpets can be easily damaged by improper use of cleaning materials and that will cost you a lot from your deposit.

How long should it take

It is really hard to estimate the time for completion of an end of tenancy cleaning job. It is highly dependent on the size of the property, its condition and whether there is furnished or unfurnished. Just as a guidance, in most cases, a team of 2-3 experienced professional cleaners can get a 2-bedroom unfurnished house cleaned in about 4-5 hours.

How much should it cost

The prices for this service will also vary by providers. This is also dependent on the size of the property and the average price for end of tenancy cleaning in London is £200-£250, based on a 2-bed property. Of course, you may be able to find cheaper prices from providers that won’t compromise the quality.

How to choose the right provider

Deciding to go for professional end of tenancy cleaning, we would say is always a good idea because it saves you time, stress and financial loss from deposit deductions. However, make sure you choose the cleaning company wisely. Here are some things you can do before you go ahead and book an appointment.

  • Check if the cleaning company is legitimate and registered. Cleaning companies generally provide better peace of mind than agencies, because they employ and train staff, rather than hiring contractors with unproven experience in the industry.
  • Check for the company’s reviews on Google and social media. Bear in mind that the competition between cleaning businesses is severe, and some competitors are dishonest, providing false reviews. However, if the majority of feedback is negative, it is probably worth looking for another provider.
  • Ask them to provide a checklist with what’s included in the end of tenancy service they are offering. Use this guide to compare against the checklist and make sure everything will be covered.

We are always happy to answer your questions about any of our services and offers. You can pop them in the comments section below, or email us directly.

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