Cleaning costs at the end of a lease are one of the most common reasons tenants don’t receive their security deposit back.
Whether you are a tenant hoping to end your lease on the right foot or a landlord dealing with the aftermath of a messy tenant, it’s important to know your options when it comes to post-tenancy cleaning.
What is post-tenancy cleaning you ask? Follow along to discover what’s involved in this move-out task and why it can’t be skipped.
What Is Post-Tenancy Cleaning?
End of tenancy cleaning is essentially a very specific deep clean of your home at the end of a leasing period. Your landlord will inspect the property when you leave to determine if the cleaning has been done sufficiently.
Any cleaning that is not sufficient will take place and the end of tenancy cleaning price will be deducted from the tenant’s security deposit.
Why Do I Need Post-Tenancy Cleaning?
If you are a renter, this cleaning is your responsibility, and a very specific checklist is used to evaluate if the cleaning job is sufficient.
Although you can to carry out the move-out cleaning on your own, most tenants find it can actually save time and money to use a professional service. This is because the services are fully aware of the checklist and can ensure the job is of a high standard.
As we mentioned above, any failure to properly clean the property will result in deductions from your security deposit.
For landlords, this cleaning is essential before your next tenant moves in. In most cases, the end of tenancy cleaning is written in as a condition in the lease. Because of this, your future tenants will need a sparkling clean place to move into in order to set a standard for their future task.
What’s Included in Post-Tenancy Cleaning?
End-of-lease cleaning is far more than just sweeping the floors and wiping out the kitchen cabinets. While you may be thinking the task is no more intensive than your weekly clean, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise.
To check off all requirements on a lease agreement, post tenancy cleaning services attack every area that may end up causing trouble.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Dusting walls, ceilings, and commonly missed areas
- Cleaning of doorframes, handles, and ledges
- Light fixtures, switches, and sockets
- Window sills and frames
- Cleaning and disinfecting of kitchen cupboards and appliances
- Descaling tiles and showers
- Polishing of sinks and faucets
- Washing machine cleaning
- Floor polishing and stain removal
At the end of the day, you can rest assured knowing your rental property is in tip-top shape for both your lease agreement and the next tenants to call this property their home.
Your Post-Tenancy Cleaning Solved
Now that you know the importance of post-tenancy cleaning and what it entails, you can set to work. With this knowledge, you can be sure there will be no deductions from your much-anticipated deposit return.
Want to learn more about the moving process? Check out our other blogs for everything you need to know about taking a house and making it home.