Tenancy ending? Start the big spring clean

The big spring clean – is it an activity you undertake every year? While not everyone may perform a thorough clean every 12 months – we’re talking dusting behind radiators, scrubbing skirting boards and removing cobwebs from every corner – there are occasions when a little more attention goes a long way.

A clean break

End of tenancy cleans are of paramount importance for tenants, as it’s reported that rentals left in less than salubrious states are the biggest cause of deposit deductions. The mantra ‘leave your let as you found it’ should be adhered to, especially as the check-out clerk will compare the outgoing condition of the property against how it was documented on the day you moved in – a state of cleanliness usually backed up with photographic evidence in an inventory.

Before you pick up your bucket and bottle of bleach, check your tenancy agreement. Some landlords stipulate within the contract that a professional cleaning company should be instructed to undertake the end of tenancy deep clean, and tenants may be obliged to use a pre-selected firm.

DIY with a little elbow grease

If there is no obligation to use a professional cleaning service, tenants can perform their own end of tenancy deep clean – just don’t underestimate the hours and effort needed as every nook and cranny should receive some attention. If the job feels overwhelming, the tenant can instruct a company to undertake a specific end of tenancy deep clean on their behalf, although be sure to go on personal recommendations when finding a cleaner.

If you want to ensure your self-administered spring clean gives you the best chance of a full deposit refund, refer back to the inventory document and move-in checklist to refresh your memory with regards to marks, stains and areas of grime. If you can’t find these documents, do ask your letting agent for a copy.

You’ve missed a bit

An end of tenancy deep clean needs to be thorough and methodical, so start with a super critical eye. Dusting, polishing, mopping and vacuuming is the very minimum and don’t fall into the trap of concentrating on everything that’s at eye level. All corners, behind tall appliances, high shelves and plug sockets will need attention.

Of particular importance are carpets, ovens and grills, louvered blinds, white goods and bathroom/kitchen areas that may have seen a build-up of dust, limescale or mould. Anything that wasn’t there on move-in day – but is visible at the end – needs cleaning or removing.

In addition, cupboards, wardrobes, storage units and drawers should all be clean and free of everything – down to the last crumb. Plus, don’t forget the windows (inside and out) will need cleaning, and any garden areas/outbuildings must be emptied and tidied.

Marketing a property

In addition to the end of a tenancy, a really good spring clean can work wonders if your property is going on the market soon. A clean and clutter free home will always look better when photographed as well as in the flesh for viewings. Follow the above advice and you won’t be disappointed with the end result.

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