All you need to know about cleaning at the end of tenancy, including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
Tenants are usually required to do an end of tenancy cleaning when they move out as part of the letting agreement. The cleanliness (or lack thereof) of the property at the end of the tenancy is responsible more than half of the deposit disputes as if the property has not been cleaned to a decent standard the landlords will deduct the cost of hiring a cleaning company from the deposit. Most tenants will opt to hire a professional cleaning service to handle their end of tenancy cleaning to ensure they get their deposit back, though some will try and clean the property themselves. But there is usually a lot to do when moving house so finding the time for a thorough cleaning of the entire property can be difficult! End of tenancy cleaning should include a deep clean of the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. Plus all surfaces throughout the property: floors, tiles, carpets, walls, and windows. Dust and dirt will need to be removed and cobwebs cleared out of hard to reach places. All the appliances which are included in the tenancy such as dishwashers, cookers and washing machines will also need to be cleaned out to a high standard.
If you decide you want to do the cleaning yourself in addition to all the other tasks associated with moving, then you should start with writing a checklist detailing everything that needs to cleaned and tick things off as you go. to ensure that all the cleaning is done thoroughly and properly. Don't don't skip the minor details or cut corners as your landlord won't when inspecting the property! It is probably a good idea to contact your estate landlord to see if they have a standard checklist for the end of tenancy cleaning and ask them for a copy. This thorough cleaning will include removing everything from the refrigerators, freezers and cupboards; cleaning the oven and all the cupboards and surfaces, dishwashers and microwaves; scrubbing all floors, bathroom and sinks; furniture and carpet cleaning; plus clearing out and tidying of any garages or outbuildings. You can see why most people prefer to hire a professional cleaning team for the end of tenancy cleaning as it is a lot of work and it needs to be done thoroughly to avoid losing the deposit. Professional cleaning companies have all the necessary equipment, tools and cleaning materials for a very thorough and fast cleaning service.
If you have the time and are physically fit, you can do a good job of the cleaning yourself, but if you can afford it, just hire a team of professionals as this will save you all the hassle and the cleaning will likely be done more professionally!
Typically, the cost of materials for cleaning will be fairly nominal as cleaning products will be already bought in bulk by cleaning companies. Similarly, any required equipment they likely would already have bought.
End of tenancy cleaning is a service offered by many cleaning companies and prices start from around £90 for a studio flat, rising to £300 or more for large detached properties. Prices quoted by cleaning companies do not normally include carpet cleaning, which will typically add anything from £30 to £120.
Below are some estimated costs of cleaning at the end of a tenancy.
|Property Size||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Studio flat||£100||1 Hour|
|1 bedroom property||£135||1-2 Hour|
|2 bedroom property||£160||1-2 Hour|
|3 bedroom property||£210||1-3 Hour|
|4 bedroom property||£300||2-3 Hour|
Individual costs of cleaning a one-bedroom property at the end of tenancy - Total Cost: £100