Even though by law it is not required to have a property professionally cleaned before the start of a tenancy, it is highly recommended.
The advantages of having a property professionally cleaned before a tenancy begins is that it leaves little room for argument at the check out inventory.
A clause in the tenancy agreement would state that the property requires professional cleaning at the conclusion of the let. The number one cause of end of tenancy disputes is cleaning or the lack thereof! We have compiled a list (by no means exhaustive) of areas recommended to be cleaned.
Doors- Dusted, Transom windows wiped and brassware or chrome polished
Ceilings- Dusted for cobwebs, rub marks removed
Walls- Rub marks removed(where possible), tack marks or sticky marks removed(where possible), skirting dusted
Windows- Cleaned and dusted (if not to the exterior, this can be noted as a clause in the tenancy agreement
Curtains- Washed or steam cleaned. Ironed
Floors- Mopped and polished to vinyl surfaces, wooden based floors and laminate. Carpets steam cleaned
Switches and sockets- Polished and wiped
Furniture- Dusted. For real wood products polishes and oils. Please note.-The tenant must be informed if they are to take specialist care of any real wood products and ideally a clause would be suitable for this in the tenancy agreement. Sofa`s should be steam cleaned and vacuumed under the cushions
Light fittings and lampshades- Dusted and wiped
Bathroom fittings- Wiped and polished. Mould should be removed where applicable
Kitchen appliances- Oven cleaner should be used to clean the oven (unless new), all surfaces wiped. Burnt on grease should be removed where possible. The extractor fan should have a clean or new filter. The dishwasher should be descaled where required. The washing machine should have a clean soap dispenser and mould removed from the seal (unless ingrained). Fridges/ freezers should be defrosted and cleaned, switched off and left open after the clean to avoid a mildew build-up and smell
Radiators- wiped for rub marks
Cutlery and crockery (If furnished)- Cleaned and polished
Outside area/ garden- Lawn should be trimmed, leaves raked and soil beds in clean/ pruned order (if there are shrubs or plants). Hedges should be well maintained. Concrete slabbed areas steam cleaned from mildew. Weeds removed where needed
Front porch/ area- Swept. Rubbish bins in tidy order and empty of contents. Tiled and slated areas steam cleaned if necessary
Carpets and floors- Carpets steam cleaned or vacuumed, floors mopped and polished
Contact us now for further information! Please be aware we do not offer any form of cleaning services! The information above is for general knowledge purposes only
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