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Don’t Let It Happen To You: Ridiculously Easy Ways To Not Get Your Deposit Back (Hint – End of Tenancy Cleaning is to Blame)

If you’re moving out of a rental property, you probably want to leave the place nice and clean so that the landlord will give you your deposit money back. This is, after all, the main reason why a lot of people like to call in the end of tenancy cleaners: this way, they can hand the receipt over to the landlord and the landlord will know that the place has been cleaned to the usual standards accepted by most letting agencies and similar bodies (if the landlord still gets snippy in spite of a receipt, you’re justified in kicking up a fuss, unless you’ve done something like put a hole in the wall – but that’s another story).

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However, if you have decided to go it alone and do your own moving out cleaning, it’s very easy to overlook something unless you (a) know what you’re doing and (b) use a end of tenancy cleaning checklist to make sure that nothing gets overlooked. During the hassle of packing up all your worldly goods and leaving your old place spic and span ready for the final inspection, it’s easy to overlook something in the fluster.

You don’t want to risk the hassle and irritation of an unreasonable landlord happening to you. Unfortunately, there are some very common things that a lot of tenants don’t think about or forget about and then end up not getting all of their deposit money back because of them. I’m not talking about things like setting fire to the carpets, punching holes in the walls or slashing up the furniture in a furnished flat, but more ordinary things that your typical person might overlook or forget by accident.

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Commonly Forgotten End Of Tenancy Cleaning Tasks

Rubbish

One of the things that landlords never like to see is rubbish that’s been left to sit festering in the bins, whether those bins are kept indoors or out. This is often a tricky one, as when you move out of a place, you’re likely to come across a whole heap of stuff that needs to be thrown out and/or recycled. The trouble is that your local kerbside rubbish collection day might not be the day you move out, so what do you do with the rubbish? If you leave the bins or bags on the kerb a day or three too early, there is the risk of stray dogs, stray cats and urban foxes getting into the stuff and making an even worse mess, so what do you do? The best move, if you don’t take responsibility for taking your rubbish away, either to your new place or to the local waste disposal facility, is to ask someone else to put the rubbish out for you – a neighbour, for example. If your bins are fox- and dog-proof, you could try putting them out for collection early.

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Messy Carpets

Quite a lot of landlords request that you get the carpets deep cleaned as part of your moving out cleaning, especially if you have pets. Deep cleaning carpets goes way beyond just giving it a good vacuum. Vacuuming just doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to getting all the dirt and smell out of You’re going to need to hire one of those steam cleaning machines or call in a carpet cleaning specialist (some end of tenancy cleaning companies are linked with carpet cleaners or even offer these services on the side as a separate thing, so talk to your local moving out cleaning company about this).

Holes in the Paint (or Wallpaper)

I get it – you’re fond of artwork. You knew well enough not to put posters or pictures up with Blu-tack or sticky tape. Instead, you used drawing pins or thumbtacks or whatever you want to call them. Now that you’ve taken the pictures down, there are a few little holes left behind. While a few landlords may accept drawing pin holes as a normal part of life and regular wear and tear caused by being a normal person, others get a bit fussier about this – and they are within their rights here. The answer is to fill the holes in. The simplest form of filler for doing this is good old toothpaste, which slips easily into holes and fills them. If the holes are in a wall that isn’t white, you can tint the toothpaste to the right shade – but do this BEFORE you apply the toothpaste as filler. There are other things that you can use to fill in holes in the wall – try asking at your local hardware or DIY store.

Dirt and Grime Behind Appliances

Quite a lot of rental properties come with appliances such as refrigerators, dryers, washing machines and dishwashers. The floors and walls behind and under these collect dirt and they’re not places you usually clean, unless you’re doing a deep cleaning session. Unfortunately, once you’ve moved out, the landlord may decide that it’s time to upgrade those white goods, and when he or she hauls the old one out from the wall… you’re busted. I’m afraid that there’s nothing for it but to do the hauling out yourself so that you can tackle the grime, dust and other mess behind these large appliances (and you’ll be amazed at what has managed to sneak down under there!). While you’re at it, don’t forget to remove the dust and other from the backs of the appliances themselves. Some white goods can collect quite a lot of dust.

Inside the Appliances

I’ll assume that you didn’t make the mistake of leaving clothes behind in the washing machine (or dryer), food in the freezer or plates in the dishwasher. However, you may have left some dirt behind. Very few people forget to clear out the fridge and freezer and give it a good clean, but washing machines, dishwashers and dryers can often be overlooked. The simplest way to clean the dishwasher and the washing machine is to run it on a hot load on empty with baking soda instead of your usual detergent, followed by a cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle. For a dryer, you’ll have to wipe out the inside yourself by hand with a damp cloth, especially if you’ve used dryer sheets or similar products that use chemicals to reduce static. Don’t overlook filters and lint traps!

Fans and Blinds

You may take them for granted but fans and blinds are perfect settling spots for dust. Unfortunately, they’re fiddly to clean. In the case of the blinds, you may be able to wash them if you can’t dust or vacuum them. In the case of the fan, you will need to get up on a chair and use a damp duster on the top of the fan blades.

Dog Turds on the Llawn

I don’t really need to explain why this isn’t nice, do I? Get out there with a plastic bag or pooper scooper like you would when walking Rover in the park and leave the lawn nice and clear from dog turd for the next tenant. Make sure you dispose of old chewed bones and pet toys while you’re at it.

The Nice Landlord (Most Likely Not)

If you’ve got a nice and reasonable landlord, he or she may give you the chance to take care of something you’ve overlooked if it gets spotted during the final inspection when you hand your keys over. Unfortunately, not all landlords do this and if you have the bad luck to strike a snippy, snotty, snooty one, any oversight in your end of tenancy cleaning ends up being grounds for not handing all of your deposit money back (although you’ve probably got cause for complaint if you don’t get handed back all of it just because you forgot to wipe out a bathroom drawer).

Is it worth the risk?

Hire a professional end of tenancy cleaning contractor to carry out the work for you. Most of them offer guarantees. if they mess up and the landlord is not happy – they will re-do the job free of charge until he is. Anyway, you are not out of pocket as the responsibility lies with the company.

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A Tenancy Cleaning Debacle

What happens if your carefully laid end of tenancy cleaning plans go awry in the last moment? Faced with a disastrous situation, you have to keep your fingers crossed that you will be able to make a last-minute call that works in your favour. Here is a real-life story, shared by one of our regular customers.

What on earth is an end of tenancy cleaning? 

Most of you remember that faithful moment when you first change residences – the chaos of moving, the excitement of having a new place, the endless list of tasks on your mind. For me, that day came a few years ago, when I was about to leave my bachelor’s pad in Chelsea and move in a much larger apartment in Victoria with my then-fiancee and future wife. 

Before I start telling you my story, I want to point out a few things. First, I am an excellent planner and rarely leave anything to chance. I never leave a job for the last possible moment and like to finish any duties well before their appointed deadline. Second, I have never paid much attention to the mundane documents everyone has to sign – and my tenancy contract made no difference. Third, do not forget that I was in my mid-twenties, and it was the first time I had to deal with a move-out situation (leaving my parents’ home for college obviously doesn’t count). 

I gave my landlord a one-month notice, but he knew even earlier that I planned to change apartments because I had told him about my engagement. He was a real gentleman of sixty, a widower whose kids had moved to the Devonshire countryside, but he loved the hassle and noise of the big city. I think he treated me like something of a surrogate son – in other words, I expected no problems with my transition.

A couple of weeks before the move-out deadline, I got a late-afternoon call from him. It came as a surprise since I had already paid the final rent and promised to drop by for a glass of wine on the last day. “Just calling to check if you have already booked a decent tenancy cleaner, Georgey boy! Make sure they do not overprice you!” I told him not to worry, though I had no idea what he was talking about. What kind of cleaner? And why would I have to book it? The apartment was in a perfectly decent state as it was.

In such situations, my first phone call was to my guardian angel – in other words, my older sister Diane. I could see her rolling her eyes while I was describing the conundrum. “George, please tell me that you have read your tenancy contract!”, she said. Of course, I hadn’t. But there it was, the end of tenancy cleaning article – which was pretty standard as it turned out. 

No reason to panic 

The clause in question, after I read it a second time, sounded perfectly logical. A house owner would like nothing better than a professional contractor cleaning their property and making it shine for future tenants. I had been incredibly lucky because uncle Steve (my landlord) had called me two weeks early. Still, more than enough time to find the proper company for the job. I rolled up my sleeves and put all my planning skills to use. After a few hours of research, I had picked a London tenancy cleaning contractor with decent reviews and seemingly reasonable prices. I immediately gave them a call, and after an amicable discussion, we set the appointment for the cleaning for the last Saturday of the month, three days before moving out. When I put the phone down, I sighed with relief – there had been no reason for panic at all. Or so I thought.

A tenancy cleaning debacle galore

With the cleaning worry out of the way, I could concentrate on the other move-out tasks, primarily moving my belongings and furniture. I stumbled upon a very useful tip that suggested you should do the moving before the cleaning, as it would make the procedure much easier for the cleaners. So with pretty much everything else settled, I could confidently wait for the post-vacancy treatment appointment. 

The last Saturday of the month came, and I was ready to rumble. I had no other plans for the day, except to go for lunch with my fiancee and then return for the final quality check-up. Ten minutes before the hour of appointment, my doorbell rang. “They are early, I like that!”, I remember thinking – and it was the last positive thought for the day. 

I had read on the Internet that crews, not a single cleaner, usually performed tenancy cleaning. So I was amazed when I saw a smiling young woman in her mid-twenties with a backpack on her shoulders, extending her hand to greet me. “Hello, I am your home cleaner! Can I come in?” While I was letting her in the apartment, the alarm in my head was already ringing loudly. When she mentioned running through a contract first, and then discussing the regular chores I want to underline, I knew some mishap had happened. 

I think that at first, she thought I was having a bad joke at her expense. Then she noticed the lack of personal belongings and most of the furniture, and she turned red from embarrassment. “Give me five minutes to sort this out”, she blurted out anxiously and made a quick call to the company’s office. 

As it turned out, some misunderstanding had happened while I had made my initial booking. The job description did say “tenancy cleaning”, but the desk girl had filed the appointment under “home . cleaning”. My astonishment was quickly turning into anger, followed by dismay. I understood that the poor girl in my apartment had nothing to do with the issue, but I still left her in no doubt about my opinion for her employer. In my defence, I did cover her travelling expenses and promised not to write a negative review about the company (I am still not going to mention their name, though they deserve it.)

A last-minute rescue

No matter how much I fumed, there was no use of anger right now. I called my fiancee and told her the whole story, cancelling the lunch. Then I frantically began looking for another contractor that could do the job on much shorter notice. 

I realised that the odds were against me. First of all, it was Saturday – and most contractors had their office hours from Monday to Friday. Second, very few companies took move-out cleaning jobs on a two or even 3-day notice. Knowing that I did not have much of a choice, I called the first provider working during the weekend. 

To my utter surprise, the girl on the phone casually replied that they could sign me up for the next day. I was losing my patience and rather tersely stressed that I do not need regular but an end of tenancy cleaning. She did not lose her cool (God bless her for that!) and repeated the offer. I could not believe my luck! Within five minutes, we had sorted out all the necessary details, and I was back on track!

There were no unpleasant surprises this time around. The cleaning crew arrived right on time and did an outstanding job. Despite all my efforts, they declined to accept an exuberant tip for their performance. Little did they know that they had saved me from a tenancy cleaning debacle!

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Prepare For One Stress-Free End Of Tenancy Experience

Changing your living place may be a huge challenge because of plenty of factors and potential risks. Everybody with such an experience knows that it could be а very stressful, overwhelming and chaotic time. How to handover the property without unpleasant surprises, conflicts and further problems? Besides that, you may need a good reference from your landlord.

The essential task is to be prepared, concentrated and please do not underestimate the whole process. The first step is to find the contract. Be prepared with its content. It is vital to be aware of the details of the move-on final terms.

You should make sure you understand your obligations before vacating. The secret of a smooth handover is information and preparation. Seek the application of the contract where must be described the original property belongings, their amount and condition. Most UK landlords include a cleaning clause in the tenancy agreement (the contract). Make sure you read it carefully and take notes. Can you hire your own professional cleaning company, or do you have to use the ones recommended by the estate agent/landlord? This particularity can make a difference to the tune of at least a hundred pounds.

Inform the landlord of your intention. Discuss together the entire procedure and how to simplify it. As a tenant, you may end the tenancy only if you have served the correct notice and if the fixed term is in its end.

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Create a cleaning schedule and a list of the tasks you have to achieve. How to sort out successfully the living space before leaving it?

The washing process is time-consuming, requires planning and room-by-room strategy. That is an essential part of the moving-on experience, and it is not a good idea to leave it for the last minute if you desire to strive to the new directions as painful-free as possible without problems in the past.

Choose the time for cleaning. Maybe the most suitable moment is when your furniture has already dismantled, packed or even removed. You can hire a removal company if you haven’t got enough time to tackle all of the moving-on engagements.

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Now your mission is to leave the property as perfectly clean as you can, suitable for the next occupants, and to do it early enough before the end of the fixed final terms. The experts in that niche recommend preparing yourself with patience and mechanisms for mind relaxation.

Make a list with the dirtiest areas or difficult to reach places.

Ensure you have enough (and correct) cleaning supplies, buy some items if you haven’t got a complete assortment of them – this is the first and most important task. Please do not miss it, iF you want to be well-organised, fast in the washing activities, and leave the property sparkling.

Empty the cupboards, shelves, bookcases in all of the dwellings. Vacuum and mop all types of flooring in the entire property. Clean the walls. Pay special attention to the corners. Remove the spiders and webs. You can use a mild cleaning solution consisting of warm water and soap. That won’t cause any damages to the wallpaper and paint. It would be better to scrub in a circle to reduce the risk of watermarks. After that, dry to avoid humidity problems at the last moment.

Clean the windows of the entire property with rubbing alcohol and water. Wash the hooks and crannies, doormats and meshes.

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Remember to refreshen the curtains and blinds. They gather a lot of dust and air pollution. The steam cleaner also is a suitable option here.

Lend an incredible shine of the taps and faucets in the kitchen and bathroom with vinegar.

Wipe down the surfaces around with warm water and dish liquid soap. Use a sponge or a microfiber for the purpose. Then rinse with clean water using a damp cloth. The process of drying is critical to avoid any damages, especially to the wooden ones.

Take care of the hard-to-reach areas. A suitable cleaner and a mop can help you to finish that task rapidly. If you want to get your deposit, please do not underestimate the cleanliness behind and under the things. Move the furniture, wardrobes, tables and chairs to vacuum everywhere.

As a beginning in the kitchen, empty the fridge. Think about in what way to reduce potential food waste. Find appropriate boxes and storage containers.

Pack the kitchen devices, appliances, dishes and other utensils. You can label the boxes if you have a lot of stuff and belongings. That tip would make the moving on process much more organised.

Vacuum the space, remove the crumbs over and inside the appliances, and eliminate all spots, spills and residues. Ensure to yourself a multi-surface spray. It is a quite suitable solution for a fast deep cleaning without compromises and excess waste of time. It is possible to need a degreasing product for the stubborn leftovers.

The cleanliness of the appliances includes inside care. Wipe out the microwave from all of its sides. Empty the tray of the toaster. Get rid of all of the debris from the dishwasher filter.

Disinfect the countertop. It is the first thing your landlord would notice when enter into the kitchen.

Be careful with the cleaning of wood furniture. For the sofas, use a steamer, extremely simple and rapid maintaining. Hire such an appliance if you haven’t got your own. Check everywhere for spots, ruptures, scuffs, scratches. Apply furniture polisher to improve the condition.

Observe the bathroom. Remove the limescale and soapy scum there. Eliminate any traces of mould and mildew. Use bleach and airflows to cope with humidity and mildew growth.

Wash inside the toilet using bleach or a special product. For its exterior and the tiles, you may use vinegar, baking soda, a little bit of soap and a suitable brush.

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The exterior care of the property also is too worth. Get rid of the lawn and weeds. Wipe the outside furniture and decorative items. Observe the area for any contaminations and rubbish remains.

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When We Move – We Live With Smart Ideas And Clever Choices

When we move – we live, when we live we need from good decisions, smart ideas and clever behaviour…

The checkout service is the perfect option for those who love adventures, who travel a lot because of a hobby or job and work projects.

The checkout service consists of many intelligent components which have the power to take you away from painstaking efforts and hardworking washing when you change one home with another. It is а successful formula and necessary support in the process of searching 25 hours per day. The move-in and move-out house cleaning is an arresting collaboration between wise money, efficiently invested time and fast support.

The professional companies, which provide such service cover a big range of cleaning possibilities. A part of the move-in/move-out cleaning tasks are:

– floor maintenance

– rug refreshment

– window cleaning

– curtain washing

A team of professionals work for you before or after you hand the new key of the property. Meanwhile, you invest your time in dreams and goals. It is a smart idea, isn’t it?!