How to get ready for an end of tenancy clean
Getting an end of tenancy clean is an important part of moving house. It means that your property will be good-as-new when the next tenants move in and ensures that you will get your security deposit back in full.
Once you’ve researched cleaning companies, gathered quotes and booked a clean, you might be left wondering how to prepare for your end of tenancy clean.
Fear not – we’ve created a handy step by step guide to help make sure you’re ready for your end of tenancy clean.
Double-check your tenancy agreement to confirm what needs to be done
When you check out of the property, it will need to be in the same condition as when you moved in, except for reasonable wear and tear.
Some agents leave the clean to the tenants, some don’t bother cleaning them as their standards are poor and some expect the property to be spotless.
This means that if the external windows were cleaned, or the upholstery & carpets had been professionally steam-cleaned, you’ll need to do the same before you hand back the keys.
You should be able to find information about this in your tenancy agreement, or in the inventory, you were provided with when you moved in.
Most cleaning companies won’t include carpet & upholstery cleaning or external windows as standard – if these tasks need to be completed, you should let the company know when you request a quote as this will be completed as an extra.
Arrange any repairs & replacements
Double-check the inventory that was provided when you moved into the property. If there are any repair works that need to be completed or any replacements that need to be installed, this should be done before your clean takes place.
Repair work always creates a mess, so arranging this after your end of tenancy could ruin your cleaners’ hard work, and mean a re-clean is necessary. This won’t be covered in the guarantee provided by us.
If there is any substantial building or renovation work happening before your clean, you must let us know about this. After builders cleaning requires specialist equipment, due to the level of dust and dirt that’s often left behind.
We work alongside CCC Property Maintenance and are highly recommended for an array of end of tenancy/re-let works.
Pack up your belongings
It’s important that your home has been completely packed up and emptied before you have an end of tenancy clean.
As part of the service, your cleaners will need to clean inside drawers, cupboards and white goods, so these will all need to be completely empty.
The only items that should be left in the property are those that are being passed onto the next tenants, such as sofas, chairs & tables.
Never book your end of tenancy clean whilst you’re still living inside the property.
Confirm parking arrangements
Your end of tenancy cleaners will need to bring their own products & equipment to deliver a top-notch clean. This means that they’ll probably need somewhere to park.
You should make sure that you’ve arranged parking with us in advance of our arrival. If you have a driveway or parking space on the street, make sure this is cleared before we arrive. This means that we can park up and get started right away.
If you don’t have your own parking space, you should advise us on where they can find a parking spot – the closer to your property, the better. If there’s no free parking, you may need to organise a visitor parking permit, or agree on who will cover the cost of any parking metre charges – usually this is factored into the cost of your clean or added to the invoice if not already aware of this prior to submitting the estimate/quote.
Decide on the access method
It’s best to arrange an end of tenancy clean as close to your inspection as possible, and it should always be after you’ve moved out. This ensures that your cleaners can complete the most thorough job possible, and means that you’ll be covered by our guarantee.
With everyone packed up and moved out, you’ll need to think about how your cleaners will access the property.
You could arrange for someone to be at the property to let your cleaners in. Or, If your letting agent’s office is close to the property, you could ask your cleaners if they can collect the keys from the branch.
If you have a concierge, key safe, or a secure location where you can hide the key, these may provide further options for your cleaning team.
Whichever method you go for, just make sure to communicate this to your cleaners clearly, and well in advance of the clean. This will ensure there’s no confusion around access on the day.
After the clean, you can ask your cleaners to put the key back where they got it, or they could post it through the letterbox to the property (if you have a second key) to retrieve it or post them back to the letting agent afterwards. In any case, please make sure all instructions are clear and the correct information has been passed over.
If there are any access codes for buildings and no key fobs, please make us aware at the time as after hours and at weekends it’s difficult to get hold of clients when we’re stood outside apartment blocks with our cleaning gear trying to gain access and it’s quite embarrassing too as residents look at you as though you’re going to rob the block.
How to book an end of tenancy clean
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We provide the following services
- End of tenancy clean
- Professional carpet cleaning
- Professional upholstery cleaning
- Professional spot and stain removal
- Waste removal – Licenses by Environment Agency
- Garden and grounds maintenance – tidy up those outside areas