As part of our end of tenancy cleaning service in Birmingham and beyond, we tend to find that there’s lots of little extra things to be aware of over and beyond normal cleaning activities. This is for a unique situation with high expectations of a thorough clean for a new person to take over, that often needs doing quickly and in line with documents like the tenancy agreement and inventory.
Therefore here are 10 of our top tips for when you’re in this scenario of end-of-tenancy cleaning:
1. Remember the Rubbish
This tends to mount up more than you might think, particularly once you start digging through cupboards and storage areas. In addition to usual bin bags of rubbish, you may have old furniture and cardboard boxes, making sure these can easily be removed or agreed to be left.
2. Access all Areas
Every bit counts, whether that’s old storage areas under the stairs or cupboards, and even outside areas and garages. You can also have external patio and car park areas, in addition to the usual internal areas.
You also need to make sure that access to the property is good to go, with any keys and alarm codes easily communicated and agreed with any occupiers or other contractors.
3. Deal with Documentation
This is the key to effective agreement for end-of-tenancy cleaning, as this is the main reason why so many rental deposits are queried by landlords and managing agents because of their belief that the cleaning by the vacating tenant is not up to scratch.
Any tenancy agreement needs careful analysis to determine exactly what is required, and then any final Cleaning Checklists and Schedules agreed with the cleaner.
4. Timing is Key
Quick cleaning right at the very end of the occupation is critical before any formal hand over date, therefore make sure this can all happen in plenty of time.
In addition, allow time for any hick-ups and things generally being slower amidst the busyness of the current occupiers packing and getting ready to leave.
5. High Expectations
The bar is high with what’s expected, particularly from a new tenant or the main landlord.
A vacating tenant may well do a reasonable clean that under normal circumstances will suffice, but for this context the extra mile is needed to get everything covered and it looking and smelling oh so clean for the new occupier.
6. In Depth Cleaning
This high expectation will need to filter through to actual deeper cleaning in some cases, not just looking and smelling nice and fresh.
So areas like ovens and appliances in the kitchen may need that extra mile, and additional carpet cleans if there are stains and mess to clear up. Even window cleaning may require a specialist to reach those high and outside areas.
7. Damages & Forgotten Goods
As a cleaner breezes around, they can easily spot things amiss. Whether that’s a broken ornament or tenants personal items left somewhere.
In line with any inventory, this can provide helpful feedback to the landlord and managing agent to resolve with the outgoing tenant.
8. Short Term Lets
So in addition to traditional AST lets, there is a whole new area of very short term almost overnight lets, particularly through intermediaries like Airbnb.
Therefore make sure these are understood, and the workload and frequency fully accommodated for.
9. Furnishing Right
Okay, at the end of the clean it needs to look pukka. So go the extra mile and make sure it does, whether its neatly piled towels in the bedroom, or a vase of flowers in the kitchen.
This of course isn’t necessarily the cleaner’s role, but ask anyway, and see if they have any ideas and suggestions.
10. People Count
You have lots of people interests here, from landlords and managing agents, to estate agents, and then actual tenants themselves and other contractors.
Know who’s involved and who calls the shots, and seek genuinely helpful ways to help others anyway
Effective End of Tenancy Cleaning
Therefore before any cleaning is agreed and completed at the end of the lease, make sure the right people involvement, document-observance, time-scales, and check-lists are agreed in order to ensure that things are in tip-top condition. This will make sure things run like clock work and there are no nasty surprises.