This article will share with you what you need to know if you’re a tenant moving out, the things your landlord will expect from you and will check if they are up to standard. We will also give you some tips on how to find a professional end of tenancy cleaning service and ways to secure 100% of the your deposit.
Keep End Of Tenancy Cleaning To A Minimum By Cleaning Regularly
By staying on top of cleaning while you are living in the premises, can reduce the amount of professional end of tenancy cleaning that is required. We thought you might find this video useful to help keep you on top of you cleaning in just one hour on a regular basis.
The Importance Of End Of Tenancy Cleaning
When you move out, the landlord will often come by for a move-out inspection to make sure the property is still in a quality condition for future tenants, and if the property is in a good condition you are more likely to get 100% of your security deposit back. The landlord is mainly looking for damage to the walls, doors and furnishings. He may look in places like the kitchen (the oven is usually pretty dirty), the bathroom and the back yard to check for any signs of damage.
If there was any existing damage to the property before you moved in, be sure to agree on it with the landlord initially, take photographs and fill out an inventory form of wear and tear or scuff marks and get your landlord to sign it with you. If there was any property damage that could have been fixed, it is better to have it repaired during your tenancy and seek reimbursement then at the end where it could be a point of argument.
You will often want to save money and clean the property themselves, but it is often more reliable and cleaned to a higher standard if you hire a professional cleaning service. This will ensure the house will be clean enough if there are new tenants coming through to look at the property. The best way to find a quality cleaning service is through referrals. Ask your friends (Facebook can be a good tool for this) and family if they have used any cleaning services before, how was their service, what where their prices likes and if they have their number.
You can do things before you move out to keep the property in order, such as:
- not having large parties at your house
- regularly cleaning the house on a schedule
- running a dehumidifier to take care of moisture in the house.
The best way to secure a 100% deposit return is to make a checklist with your landlord so you have agreed upon checklist of things that he wants to have in order so they can fill out the list to make sure the property is still in order.