As we wrote before, cleaning your rental before moving out is important if you want to get your deposit back. The whole moving out experience can be quite expensive, so it is obvious that cleaning yourself, instead of hiring professionals is the cheapest option. However, there are a few things to consider, before taking things at your hands.
How Much Time Do You Have?
In order to get the place in a perfect condition and leave no reason for tenancy deposit disputes with your landlord, you will need to get a lot of things done. If you are familiar with end-of-tenancy cleaning checklists of professional companies, then you know it’s not a simple job. So, before deciding to clean the rental yourself, you need to make sure you have enough time to tackle the task before handling the keys.
Can You Meet Your Landlord’s Cleaning Criteria?
They say cleanliness is an abstract concept and we all have different perceptions of it. However, this concept fails when it comes to rental property. There are certain criteria that both landlords and letting agents agree upon. You can discuss this matter with your landlord in advance and save yourself a lot of trouble. However, there are certain things and areas around the house that must be cleaned thoroughly. You can check which are they in our previous post How to Clean Your Rental Before Moving Out.
What is Your Budget for End of Tenancy Cleaning?
If you are on a really tight budget, doing the end of tenancy cleaning on your own is the best possible option. However, there is one thing many people fail to understand. Sometimes, hiring professional end of tenancy cleaners is the better deal. If you have to deep clean the carpets and furniture you will have to rent the cleaning equipment anyway. Not to mention that in order to leave your rental in pristine condition, you may need to run to the supermarket and get more detergents and cleaning tool, which can be costly, too.
So, before you reject the option of hiring a professional company, calculate what should be bought and rented. Then check the prices of the end of tenancy cleaners. If there is no significant difference in the numbers, just opt for professional cleaning. This way you can be sure that you are leaving the rental in a perfect condition.
How to Make the Final Decision?
If you still hesitate whether to hire end of tenancy cleaners or not, you can check the lists below and make your final decision.
It’s Best to Do the End of Tenancy Cleaning Yourself:
• In case you rent a small apartment or a room
• In case the property you rent comes without furnishings
• If you have deep-cleaned carpets and furnishings every 6 months
• If there is enough time before moving out
• If there is at least 1 person to help you with heavy lifting and moving out
It’s Best to Hire Professional End Of Tenancy Cleaning Company:
•If you are allergic to heavy-duty cleaning products
• In case you don’t have enough time
• If you are not a fan of thorough deep cleaning
• In case you need to hire cleaning equipment you haven’t worked with
• If your landlord or letting agent required professional cleaning
Whichever option you choose make sure to plan well. Leave enough time for carpets and furnishings to dry, invest in quality products and services. Be meticulous and don’t forget to take pictures before the final inventory meeting.