Hiring the professionals to do end of tenancy cleaning for you won’t only make moving home faster, more convenient and less stressful but it will also help you get your deposit back in full. This is because a lot of tenancy agreements require professional cleaning before moving out and even if they didn’t, it is extremely difficult to achieve the “professional” level of cleanliness by yourself. And if, by any chance, the landlord isn’t satisfied with cleanliness on the final inspection, the cleaning company will do a free re-clean.
Besides helping you get your deposit back - the best cleaning companies even guarantee you will get it back - hiring the professionals also enables you to spend your time on more important things than cleaning. They have the equipment and know-how to make the place squeaky clean and satisfy even the most demanding landlords. But there are a few things you should do before their arrival to prepare your home for end of tenancy cleaning:
Return everything to its original place. You are supposed to leave the property in the same condition as at the start of tenancy. This also includes the original arrangement of the furniture and other items, if there were any. Obviously, the cleaners don’t know where particular items are supposed to stand and they won’t move heavy pieces of furniture. You can also return everything to its original place later but it’s a better idea to do it before professional cleaning. That way the cleaners will able to effectively deal with surface scratches, stains and other floor marks which may or may not be considered fair wear and tear.
Empty your home completely. Ideally, schedule the cleaners only after you have moved all your belongings to your new home. Needless to say, it is extremely difficult to clean with piles of things all over the place. If it’s not possible to have the property fully or mostly emptied, you are highly recommended to mention it to your cleaning company. They will tell you what to do so that the cleaners can do their job properly.
Double check all the drawers, shelves and cabinets for any valuables, especially those that have emotional significance. End of tenancy cleaning also includes emptying the drawers, shelves and cabinets. The things left behind are considered unwanted and as a result, they are thrown away by the cleaners. While emptying drawers, shelves and cabinets, the cleaners may or may not spot items that may have a monetary or/and emotional value. You are therefore highly recommended to go through all the drawers, shelves and cabinets once again to make sure nothing important gets left behind.