Moving out brings quite a few expenses. So, it is understandable why you might want to handle the end of tenancy cleaning yourself rather than hiring professionals to do it for you. Though, if you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, there’s a high chance you’ll end up paying more. And no, it’s not just about the money.
Can I do the end of tenancy cleaning myself?
You might be able to do it, but you’re only likely to pass the inspection if:
- The place you’re moving out from is really small;
- You’ve been doing deep cleaning in it every 6 months throughout your stay;
- You have at least one more person to help you with heavy lifting;
- You have enough time left before the moving out date;
- You are willing to pay for buying special cleaning products and renting cleaning appliances;
- You’re not allergic to the heavy-duty cleaning products.
You Could Try. But Will It Work?
In a nutshell, you can always try to do this type of cleaning yourself. But you should also be prepared for a potential failure when it comes to getting the OK from the landlord.
As a professional cleaning service company, we’re often contacted by clients who tried to handle the end of tenancy cleaning themselves but haven’t passed the checkout.
If you’ve answered with no to at least one of the Ifs from above, consider it a red flag and give it a second thought.
The best way to determine your success odds is to ask yourself one more question: can you meet your landlord’s expectations?
Assuming you know exactly what the landlord expects from you when moving out, it’s for you to decide if you can stand up to it, and then just do so.
Speaking of which, do you know the exact criteria that your landlord wants you to fulfill? Have you discussed it in advance?
No talk means you’re taking a guess. And judging by how much work you have ahead of you, there’s a high probability you’ll be tempted to cut things from the end of tenancy cleaning checklist (which, by the way, is a very long list!).
What’s The Worst That Could Happen?
So, it isn’t just a matter of doing it yourself, but also doing it right. When you come to think of what’s at stake, you might have second thoughts. Because if you decide to do the end of tenancy cleaning yourself and fail, you will:
- Risk not getting back your deposit from the landlord;
- Spend money to buy whatever cleaning products you need;
- Spend time to do a serious clean-up instead of getting rest or just going to work and earning more;
- End up hiring professional cleaners so you can actually meet the high demands of your landlord.
The worst that could happen is 1. wasting your time; 2. spending more money rather than saving; 3. suffering the humiliation of rejection.
All these can be easily avoided by going straight for professional help.
A cleaning company is well-versed in handling such a deep, general cleaning. Knows exactly what landlords and letting agents all consider a successful end of tenancy cleaning. Not to mention, they have all the necessary resources to do it right from the first time.
How Is End Of Tenancy Cleaning Different?
When you’re moving into a property, you expect it to be nothing but spotless and shiny, don’t you? While impeccable cleaning is easy to recognize, it’s almost impossible to anticipate what it takes until you’re the one responsible for it.
End of tenancy cleaning is different from regular deep cleaning because it literally involves every single corner of the property.
From the obvious limescale on the taps and the sticky dust from the cupboards to the inconspicuous dust from the ceiling lights or the cobwebs of a dark corner, there’s a lot that needs to be covered.
For every room, there are countless tasks that may not be too obvious to you. And even if they are, in the heat of the moment, you might very well be tempted to skip it and pray for the landlord to miss it.
Cleaning the inside, outside, and top of all wardrobes and cupboards is enough of a tedious task on its own. But how about when you must:
- Wipe down all woodwork, from doors and windows and their frames;
- Cleaning all the sockets, the light fittings, and fixtures;
- Vacuuming the upholstery and the carpets, and the hard floors;
- Cleaning every behind-the-furniture corner;
- Cleaning the inside and the outside of all windows;
- Polishing all glass surfaces and the exterior of all home appliances;
- Scrubbing and washing the kitchen and the bathroom, the floors, and the wall tiles.
If you’re getting tired just by reading this, know that we haven’t even scratched the surface with this short checklist!
BUT That’s Not All You Need To Consider!
The work is humongous. The time is limited. The resources for getting it done in time and to the highest standards are quite demanding. And it’s not a one-person job.
Even if you have friends willing to help, the strength isn’t in the numbers only. You don’t just need any help. You need experienced help.
To top it off, the timing must be perfect. You can’t afford to give it a few weeks because a lot can happen from one week to another. And you can’t have it finished too long before the final date either, for the same reason.
Windows will lose their shine pretty fast; cobwebs can arise from nowhere; dust will start settling in, and your landlord could find plenty of reasons to be discontent.
End of tenancy cleaning is different from everything you’ve done so far. It takes a professional level, solutions, and cleaning tools. It must be done in a limited amount of time. And it must be finished at the right time.
All these are issues that you’ll probably won’t even begin to think of prior to starting the clean-up. With the endless list of chores in one hand, a scrub sponge in the other, and the sight of your hob and grill that need to stay soaked until tomorrow, desperation can easily sneak in.
Truthfully, It’s Difficult To Do Such A Deep Cleaning All By Yourself
Even if you’re used to cleaning your place regularly, chances are you’re only doing it to this level only once in a blue moon, if ever!
It’s hard enough for someone who did take the time for periodic clean-ups to cover all these details in one cleaning session.
But for someone who kind of neglected most of these aspects, it’s an impossible mission!
If money is the factor that weighs the most in your decision, remember this: moving out can be time-consuming and stressful; yet by taking the cleaning at your hands, it won’t necessarily be any less money-consuming.
DIY end of tenancy cleaning comes with lots of hidden costs, as we’ve already shown you. Why not put it all down on paper and see what you’re truly up against?
Meanwhile, we’re here to take up on your inquiry for an end of tenancy cleaning service quote. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you at a reasonable cost!