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How clean should i leave my house when I move

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First and foremost, your current landlord will have to be forewarned if you’re moving property. Furthermore, you must adhere to the specified notice period outlined within your tenancy agreement. After finalising a moving out date, you’ll have to strategically organise your move; this will include arranging an end of tenancy clean up – don’t underestimate this, it can be somewhat deceiving and can cause disputes over the a tenant’s deposit. The condition in which you hand the property back to the landlord will ultimately have a consequence on your deposit being returned in full. Landlords often solicit for their properties to be left at the same level of cleanliness and hygiene as documented in your move-in inventory.

Where do I start?

Prior to your spring clean, it’s appropriate to dig out all documents relating to your tenancy, such as your tenancy agreement – including any attachments or renewals – as well as your move-in inventory and any receipts for repairs or maintenance. With your move-in inventory at hand, you’ll be able to identify any items within this record that require some TLC. Make a list of any items that are in need of repair – regardless of their scale – and find out which items are deductible from your tenancy deposit and which lie under your landlord’s responsibility. End of tenancy cleaning is hard work and moderately time consuming, so it’s advisable to leave at least a day for a full clean. Clearly, a rented flat will require less laborious grafting to satisfy a landlord compared with a leased two- or three-storey home, but there are a few key areas within all dwellings that will need special attention to grant a straightforward moving out process.

How to clean the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of many a home and probably the most time-intensive room for a clear out. An environment that houses grease, grime, limescale and household dust, the kitchen harbours bacteria and will therefore require special attention when it comes to your end of tenancy clean-out. Ensure you empty the kitchen of all contents, removing any deposits that may have built-up throughout your tenancy. Pull out appliances and clean around their circumference, washing the walls and floor beneath them. Once the surrounding areas of your appliances are spick and span, it’s worthwhile cleaning the inner parts of these devices. Make certain that the washing machine’s soap tray is cleared of any debris and, if applicable, the dishwasher filter is void of waste. Once emptied and cleaned, leave your fridge door open and turn it off at the mains – this will prevent any mould from forming on the inside of the fridge and will ensure your toiling is recognised by your landlord when it comes to a move-out inspection.

Other bacteria-harbouring appliances are the oven and hob. If not frequently cleaned, the oven can build-up thick layers of burnt-on grime and grease. The oven will most likely take the most time to clean and will require effective cleaning products.

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Living Room cleaning

This room will heavily rely on aesthetics as well as cleanliness. Particularly for tenants with children, this room will have experienced heavy footfall from both families and guests for social get-togethers and play dates for children. The living room will require extensive vacuuming and polishing to meet landlords’ specifications and there are many aspects to consider within this highly social room.

The living room’s furniture is a good starting point. If your landlord has permitted pets in your tenancy agreement, it’s probable your furry friend’s fleece will have adorned every corner of the property in the duration of your stay. Fur can be relatively tricky to remove from fibres and, while your pet may not be granted the privilege of taking a seat on the couch, these hairs float freely around a home and settle down on any available surface. Landlords will expect their upholstery and any other wooden furniture to be in the same condition as they were prior to your move-in, and to comply with your landlord’s expectations there a few faults you should look out for. Firstly, as aforementioned, ensure any fur is removed from the upholstery, a dry wash solution can be an effective treatment to remove both fur and any odours. Secondly, for wooden furniture such as dining tables and chairs, be extra vigilant for any scuffs and scratches that may have occurred during your stay. A good polish should shape up any furniture in need of special attention.

How clean should the bathroom be?

The bathroom is yet another bacteria-ridden space within a home. Upon your departure, confirm that you have removed soap scum and limescale from all sanitaryware, including basins, taps and, of course, the toilet. Scrub everything from the tiles, floor and bath to the toilet and shower as well as any other inclusive accessories. Additionally, inspect the drainage of the bath and sink and remove any hair that may be preventing a clear drainage run – this will include checking the shower head isn’t clogged up with limescale.

Walls and Windows

Again for those living with children, the walls will be an area that will perhaps require more attention from grubby hands. Look for any dirty marks and scuffs in every corner of the house and try to gently rub them off – without removing the paint. If any marks are proving difficult to remove, you can paint over these with the same paint your landlord has used. If you find any mould while inspecting your walls, it’s vitally important to alert your landlord rather than painting directly over these areas. With your walls in good shape, it’s time to turn your attention to the windows.

Again, look for any scuffs or dirty marks – as well as cracks – and clean the internal side of the windows – this should be reasonably straightforward for those with PVC-U windows as they will wipe clean. If you are unable to clean the exterior of the windows yourself, arrange for a window cleaner to do this for you. While your attention is focused on the windows, remove any curtains and, if they are machine washable, follow the care instructions or take them to the dry cleaners for a thorough clean and return them to their position. If the residence has any Venetian blinds, dust both sides of the slats and, if applicable, repair or replace any blind that has become unusable.

Cleaning Carpets and rugs

A steam cleaner is a great way to bring carpets and rugs up like new. If you don’t have access to a steam cleaner, they’re relatively cheap to hire and include various attachments to ensure every corner of the property will receive its required attention. If you opt not to use a steam cleaner, bear in mind that the minimum cleaning required will be an extensive vacuum and a scrub with a wire brush throughout the entire property – pay particular attention to any staircases and hallways that experience heavy footfall.

Tidying the garden and shed

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden and shed in your rented property, you’ll have to leave the outside area of the home in a well-kept condition. This will include sweeping away any leaves, hosing down any decking, mowing the grass – where applicable – and making sure the flower beds are in good order. If the garden accommodates a shed, you’ll have to remove any personal property upon your departure. Remember, gardens are often tough work – dependant on size – so leave enough time to clean out both the house and its garden. With all your rooms in check, meeting your landlord’s specification, you can ensure your departure and end of your tenancy agreement will be plain sailing.

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Landlords Pet Hates Unveiled!

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With the lettings market booming, we’re digging deep into the minds of the landlord. This month, we’re exploring landlords’ top pet hates that all tenants should keep in mind…
There are many advantages to renting a property – as a tenant, you have the flexibility to move home freely without the financial pressures associated with owning a property. Yet on the flip side, a long-term tenancy can provide you with the same sense of stability. However, your experience as a tenant will only be as smooth as you make it.

Late payments, damage to property and not reporting problems are just a few of the things that irk even the most laid back of landlords. As part of a study conducted by Endsleigh, 29% of landlords were frustrated by damage to the property and furnishings, while 24% of landlords hated it when tenants kept quiet about problems with or damage to the property. 22% of landlords were also annoyed when tenants check out and leave the property in a worse state compared to that documented in the check in inventory.
To avoid any awkward encounters or receiving a negative reference further down the line, we’ve put together a few key pointers to ensure you and your landlord foster a good relationship.

1. Late payments

Unsurprisingly, late payments or no payment at all is considered the absolute bugbear for landlords. Regardless of how many properties the landlord may own, one month’s rent does not go unnoticed. According to property blogger, Brandon Turner, many landlords actually lose money every month if you take into account the mortgage repayments, taxes, maintenance fees etc. Landlords aren’t in this game to make lots of money, they’re in it for their retirement – it’s an investment which can only be made viable through guaranteed streams of income. Should you foresee an issue, it is advisable to demonstrate a proactive attitude by calling ahead to make your landlord aware of the situation. Notifying them after the rent is due not only shows poor money management skills, but it could also put your landlord in a difficult position financially if they were not warned in advance.

2. Undisclosed pets

Whilst many of us appreciate a furry companion, in the rental property market you must tread very carefully with the issue of pets. It’s not the fact the landlord wants to see you lonely, it’s more a case of the repercussions of bringing an animal into the property. Many landlords don’t allow pets and it’s easy to understand why. Pets can be destructive and messy. If you keep a pet in your rented accommodation without the permission of the landlord, you are not only breaching the terms of your contract but you will inevitably be imposing extra financial costs on your landlord at the end of your tenancy. Why should your landlord foot the bill for replacing damaged furniture or carpets caused by your pets?

3. Long-term visitors

While it’s acceptable for tenants to have guests stay overnight from time to time, any adult who is living in a rented property for a long period of time must be listed on, and sign, a contract. ‘Rogue’ tenants or long-term guests are people who are considered to have taken up residency in a property without the landlord’s approval or consent. If you’re allowing someone to stay in your home, you may not realise you are violating the conditions of your rental agreement.

The trouble with rogue tenants is that they can cause a big problem for landlords. If they are not listed, they are not subject to the terms and conditions, meaning the landlord cannot make them accountable for rent – and damages. To avoid a disgruntled landlord, you should make him or her aware of any long-term guests and their circumstances – this will dictate the best course of action to take moving forward.

4. Cleanliness

It’s not just pets and late payments that can raise the blood pressure of landlords – it’s the general state of properties after they’ve been vacated. The cleanliness of a property on exit remains the single most contentious issue and is the root cause of most disputes relating to deposits. Hobs, ovens, and fridges are susceptible to a whole host of substances – such as dirt and grease – that, if not regularly cleaned, are impossible to shift without the help of industrial products and professional services. If you’re about to rent a property, request a thorough inventory and photographs so you know exactly how to leave the property. Failure to vacate the property in that exact condition will result in a percentage of your deposit being held back.

5. Unreported issues

Another concern for landlords is when tenants take matters into their own hands, or worse still, don’t report problems or damage, such as leaks or breakages. It might be that you don’t want to disturb or worry your landlord, but neglecting to divulge this information can possibly lead to further costs or damage to the property. Inform your landlord of any problems immediately, and they will endeavor to assess and fix the issue as soon as they can. You may think you’re being helpful by turning to your cousin’s electrician, for instance, but it is the landlord’s responsibility to hire a professional – that way they can be sure any work that needs to be done complies with regulations and doesn’t compromise the property’s insurance policy.

Landlords want to rent to conscientious tenants who’ll look after their property and provide a reliable stream of income. The key to a successful tenancy and a happy landlord is respecting their property and the terms and conditions of your contract.

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This article was written by Ben Siggins Estate agents in Maidstone and Estate Agents in Ashford.

 

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matthew@bensiggins.co.uk

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29 Pudding Lane,
Maidstone,
Kent,
ME14 1PA

Gillingham
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01634 581207

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mark@bensiggins.co.uk

Address:

227 Canterbury Street
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 5XB

Kings Hill
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01732 424091

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ben@bensiggins.co.uk

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26 Kings Hill Avenue
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Kent
ME19 4UA

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