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  • Buy-to-Let

    Deep cleaning pre tenancy start

    I am a Landlord just about to start a new tenancy via an agency. I have completely refurbished the property.

    Everything in the kitchen is new including all new white goods. Carpets are all new and everything is freshly painted. Any other flooring is being replaced or has been pre inventory. Most of the lighting is new. Curtains are all freshly washed and ironed.

    The agent is still recommending a deep clean including windows in and out so they can ask for the same standard on the return.

    The cost for this 3 bed one bath tiny kitchen property is going to be £235 plus vat. I looked yesterday and thought that I could easily clean it as it is very clean already. I would pay for an external window clean of course. Thoughts please.
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    I think a deep clean at the start is a good idea, especially after refurbishment as it creates a lot of dust.

    The answer as to whether to pay for it or do it yourself depends on how you value your own time.  If you think its the best use of your time to be cleaning, rather than doing something else, then crack on!

    It is unlikely you will do as thorough a job as professional cleaners imho, and I paid £230.00 plus VAT recently for a very deep clean after refurbishment of a large 4 bed house, but that included carpets, so you might like to ask for another quote from a different company as your carpets are new, so your quote sounds a bit toppy imho.

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    I've compromised they will do the window cleaning in and out 60 pounds and I will do the rest - good exercise and I am retired.  I am advised that I can no longer demand a professional standard at check out but this is fine.  I'd rather pay for a professional clean at that stage since nearly everything is new just now.

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    A clean after a refurb in my view is vital and improves the property another 10%, visually and the fresh smell too.

    We clean all our properties after refurb and before we hand over to the lettings team. Though we do things internally so much cheaper.

    My question is, a clean is vital to remove dust, carpet fibres make it fresh etc. But is items such as carpets have been fitted at the right time do they need to be Deep Cleaned. 

    Point being, have a go yourself. I always find doing something yourself, if you can, is safe to do so even initially gives you a great understanding of the process. You may then decide future work needs a professional and puts your mind at ease budgeting for c.300.

    Hope that helps and good luck.
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    Many thanks ps carpets are not included in the quote because they are new that would have been more.
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    Thanks for reply. What part of the UK are you based.

    I would certainly give it a go yourself
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    Yes I have decided to - but I am letting them do the windows in and out at £60.

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    You should have found the local windows cleaner, probably would have done it for 25... (Though now I am being picky and sometimes you just have to get on with it) GOOD LUCK

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    Yes I thought so too but I wanted to keep the agent sweet as I had tentatively gone for their full house clean and then I backed out (quite quickly I might add) plus its difficult to know if a local window cleaner is any good.  At least I don't have to expend energy in that quest now. But thanks all good advice.  I am so grateful to you all.

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    I’d agree try the clean yourself, it will also help you understand what to check for cleaning at the end of the tenancy.
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