Living in a rental property does come with its many perks. You could move whenever you feel like it, and it just doesn’t entail as many responsibilities as being a homeowner who has to fix any problem around the place themselves. Although leasing is a lot less concerned with the condition of the property, even that notion does have its limitations. You can’t exactly leave the place looking like a mess at the end of your tenancy. You need to make sure that anything you’ve damaged is fixed, and more importantly, the place is clean –– if you want to get your security deposit back that is.
So, should you do it yourself, or do you need professional cleaning at the end of your tenancy? The short answer is yes, you need professional help; here’s why.
You might think it is easy to go about cleaning the apartment all by yourself before you move out, but it definitely isn’t. For starters, if you want to do it right, it will take quite a lot of time. You are not exactly going to be just dusting around the place and mopping the floor. An end of tenancy cleaning needs to be thorough and comprehensive, because you can rest assured the landlord will come and check for themselves, and if you don’t do it right, they might not give you the security deposit back. This is why you need professional cleaners to save you all that time you could waste trying to clean the place all by yourself, and you probably won’t even do it right, which brings us to the next point.
The most important reason why you need professional cleaners is the efficiency they bring to the table. You might be thorough, but you will never be as thorough as someone who does this for a living. They come and inspect your place, and they create a checklist of all the things that need to be done. Then they fill out this cleaning checklist one item after the other while they’re working at your place. It is this kind of meticulousness that you need in an end of tenancy clean. Professional cleaners also won’t miss any spots or forget to clean behind the closet or something. They know where all the usual suspects are, and they would never miss spots, but you would. This efficiency ensures that your place will be properly cleaned and that your landlord would have no problems giving you the deposit back.
You might actually believe you are equipped to handle an end of tenancy clean because you have a few detergents and cleaning equipment lying around, but you’re far from ready. Professional cleaners don’t just come with off the shelf detergents; they have high-quality products that are designed to ensure the best results possible. You may find it a bit too much and presume that the kind of detergent used won’t make a difference, but it does. They also have the latest vacuums and cleaning equipment, which ensures efficiency and speed –– you don’t really want to have cleaners around your place for 5 days in a row.
Believe it or not, getting professional cleaners would actually save you money –– yet most people would rather do the clean themselves because they believe they would save money. Forget the security deposit and the fact that you won’t get it back unless you properly clean the place. When you get professional cleaners, they know how to handle themselves around the place and how to avoid any accidents happening. Just ask yourself this, how many times have you nearly broke a vase or the TV while cleaning on a regular Saturday? It is quite possible that you might break something or even damage the property itself because you don’t have enough experience with such deep cleans, which can cost you a lot of money.
A broken vase or a damaged TV is not the only accident that you might encounter at an end of tenancy cleaning. Things like cleaning windows from the outside and ovens on the inside might end badly for you if you don’t know what you are doing. And in any case, why take the risks if there is somebody out there that can get paid to do it?
Getting professional cleaners at the end of your tenancy isn’t a must, but it would make your life a whole lot easier. You would be saving your time, money, and effort, not to mention enjoying some quiet time at the very hectic phase of moving out. It definitely beats spending a couple of days trying to do it yourself and eventually failing.