At the end of a rental contract or lease, vacating tenants are required to arrange for a specialised end of tenancy cleaning of the rental property. The level and quality of cleaning results usually determines whether or not tenants can receive their rental deposit back in full, provided of course the rental premises have not suffered any other damage.
Usually, the rental deposit amount equals a month’s full rent, so it is worth getting that money back – in most instances, professional tenancy cleaning services cost less than the amount owed to tenants. As the old saying goes you need to spend money to make money and end of tenancy cleaning makes no exception – for best results you need to secure professional cleaning services. Not that you can’t do the clean-up on your own, but that would mean investing days on end in tedious, time consuming and tricky cleaning chores, not to mention you need to spend a decent amount of money on high-end cleaning products and materials.
One of the essential aspects of good quality tenancy cleaning solutions is their coverage or comprehensiveness. In all cases, you need to secure the most comprehensive tenancy cleaning available. Landlords can be quite picky and demanding in terms of cleaning results so choose a service solution which gives you the most coverage – it will be worth it.
Good quality end of tenancy cleaning services not only cover the essentials of the house, but also focus on those hard-to-clean, problematic zones and areas like wet rooms, kitchen, high traffic areas etc. Such spots will be under lots of scrutiny during the final property inspection so the cleaners should have spick and span. On the same note, out of sight and hard to reach areas of the property will also be part of the final check-up so those need to be included in the cleaning process too. It’s quite silly and unnecessary to cop an earful from the landlord about the dust in some forsaken nook or cranny.
Along with all the ‘basic’ or standard cleaning you get as part of your tenancy clean-up package, you can also secure additional options like specialised upholstery or carpet cleaning. Many good companies that deal with end of tenancy cleaning, will offer specialised steam cleaning solutions as part of the default service. Landlords often require professional steam cleaning for carpets, upholsteries or mattresses as part of the end of tenancy cleaning so check with your cleaners.
It is not uncommon for the landlord to leave tenants with an end of tenancy cleaning checklist outlining all the requirements to be covered. If you have one such list, provide it to the cleaning team when they arrive. Working through the cleaning checklist means the landlord will be happy with the coverage of the service you organised.
For best results, it is recommended to have the tenancy cleaning done shortly before the property inspection as this will present the landlord (or inspecting parties acting on their behalf) with a perfectly clean and sanitised, fresh interior.