End of tenancy cleaning can be a harrowing experience. Your deposit is at stake, and you’ll probably find yourself wondering if you should hire a cleaning service or try it yourself. To help keep your options open, we have put together a comprehensive list of what to do when moving house to help you get a full return of your deposit, no matter how big or small.
This list is a combination of personal experience and suggestions from the UK’s government authority on housing and tenancy called Shelter. We hope you will find it not only thorough, but also useful in whatever way you choose to use it.
Remember, when you’re using cleaning products, you need plenty of ventilation so leave windows and doors open as you work your way around the property. Make sure you cover your clothing and skin with protective items, such as rubber gloves, too.
What to do when moving out: DIY end of tenancy cleaning
- Wait until most (if not all) of your belongings have been moved out to begin this process. It helps to have open space and empty drawers when you’re trying to clean thoroughly.
- As a rule of thumb, start at the top and work your way down: ceiling, corners and fans, windows all the way down to the skirting boards.