The essential guide to end of tenancy cleaning

For any letting agent, the process of ensuring that a property is fit for letting after a tenant has left can be a prospective nightmare. Even vetting a tenant’s suitability and laying down ground rules before they have moved in is not always a guarantee that they will leave a property in the condition that it was in at the beginning of the tenancy. Even if your tenant is a responsible and conscientious person, their cleaning standards may not be up to the standard required.

The no. 1 cause of disputes

In fact, cleaning and the lack thereof is the biggest cause of disputes between landlords and their tenants. Agents can help mediate this process by reminding the tenant in writing of their obligations before their contract ends and enclosing photos and a pre-agreed inventory of the property before they moved in. This may help avoid the need for legal action further on.

Deep vs regular cleaning

There is a big difference between regular and deep cleaning. A deep clean will include fixtures and fittings such as inside cupboards, light sockets, door and window frames and skirting boards as well as the standard dusting, mopping, cleaning and hoovering included in a regular clean. Additionally, most shorthold tenancy agreements now require that a professional cleaning company be used to clean the property in between tenancy agreements.

Therefore, having a reliable, professional cleaning company such as Twinkle Clean in place to manage this change from one tenant to another is crucial to ensuring that the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

What are the benefits of a professional cleaning service?

The following features are offered as standard:

  • Thorough service provided by specialist cleaning teams. This service is not time based so that cleaning technicians remain in the property until the tasks have been completed.

  • Oven cleaning included

  • Five-page checklist used by personnel to ensure a high standard of service

  • Collaboration with inventory clerks, landlords and estate agents to ensure that industry requirements are met

  • Experienced well established business with positive client reviews

  • Professional equipment and high-grade cleaning materials are used which are not available to buy in the shops from commercial cleaning suppliers. This enables a professional finish which can’t be emulated by supermarket bought products. This enables you to present a property for letting in its best light.

  • Three-day cleaning guarantee offered- in which the property will be re-cleaned free of charge if the inventory clerk or landlord is not happy with the standard of cleaning or if the work was incomplete

  • A key collection and drop off service- from tenants or neighbours to make life simpler for landlords and agents

To sum up, enlisting the services of a professional cleaning company is a valuable investment -saving many precious hours for the estate agent. It facilitates a smoother transition from one tenant to the next- removing potential embarrassment, time delays, stress and possible financial hardship as a result of deposits being withheld. This allows estate agents to offer the best service possible to their clients.

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