Just put these in your mixed recycle bag. If you have large or bulky items to dispose of, don’t just dump them in front of your house for someone else to deal with. There are different ways to get rid of fridges, sofas, mattresses, and other large items. You can book a bulky waste collection service for items such as wardrobes, tables, beds, cookers, fridges, and washing machines. Another option is to take those large items to a household waste recycling centre. A third option is to contact your local charity shop or a charity such as the British Heart Foundation or RSPCA to remove good quality items.
As you are sorting out baggage around the house, you may also want to create a checklist to help you figure out what needs to be completely replaced or fixed. What you can also do is ask your landlord or letting agent for a list of items they are normally looking out for on the day of the final inspection. A property inventory typically includes things such as baseboards and cabinets, refrigerator, stove, outlets, sink, and curtains and blinds. If there is something small that needs to be fixed such as a chipped tile or broken lights, you can do it yourself. You should inform your landlord for problems that are more significant, however.
- Sort Problems You Can Be Held Liable for
You can be held liable for poor hygiene and home maintenance, especially if it results in serious problems like:
- Damaged items
- Rodent and pest infestation
- Mildew and mold
If you are currently renting a single room or a small house, you may want to clean by yourself. You should also clean if:
- You are generally good at cleaning and have sufficient time
- You have been deep cleaning on a regular basis
- The property is unfurnished
You may want to contact a professional service if:
- You lack experience and the required equipment
- You cannot invest effort and time
- You have asthma or allergies from cleaning solutions
Whether you contact a local service or try to clean by yourself, your landlord will normally expect you to remove any signs from rust and limescale as well as any spills, smudges, fingermarks, grease, and grime. Dispose of any leftovers, food deposits, and debris and remove all stains, dirt, fur, and hair.
- Prepare all Paperwork for the Final Inspection
Make sure you prepare all the paperwork that you need, including video and photo documentation of the property before you moved in, receipts of utility bills, receipts of rent, and a copy of your tenancy agreement. Additionally, you need to bring receipts of all professional services that you paid for, including gardening, cleaning, and repairs.
Unfortunately, rental scams do happen. Research by RentProfile shows that about 4 percent of renters in the UK fell victim of scams. Some estate agents and landlords act as affiliates to cleaning services or repairmen to get a commission for the job done. Double-check any company that they highly recommend. In some cases landlords offer to clean or do repairs by themselves instead of hiring professional cleaners or handymen. If this is the case, you should ask for and keep the receipts. Also, landlords must use a deposit scheme for your rental deposit but some landlords would still try to trick the system. You should always double-check. Just visit the scheme’s website and enter your name, deposit amount, tenancy start date, and property postcode.
Some landlords would argue that the deposit amount covered administrative fees. You should never pay in cash. Rogue landlords also charge hidden or excessive fees like fees for inventory inspections. This is something you should never agree to as there are no legal grounds for doing so.
If you believe you have been conned, you should notify your deposit scheme as soon as possible. Always ask your landlord or letting agent for a written proof (receipt) for any fees or charges that you covered during your lease. A receipt is all you need to show that you paid for something, whether cleaning charges or your monthly rent. Some landlords may give you a fake receipt, however. Double check the details to confirm that they are consistent with your rental agreement and the rest of the documentation.
When moving out of a property you need to give yourself ample time first for the removal services and then to clean throughout. Some high traffic areas and commonly used surfaces such as the countertops or oven take more time to clean.
To cut out the stress, pack all of your personal belongings and make a list of what needs to be cleaned. When you are done packing, it will be much easier to spot dirt and dust without all the books, magazines, photos, and knickknacks lying on shelves around the house. Also, you may want to move all boxes in one room or transport them to your new home. This way it will be easier to tidy and clean without bumping into boxes and other stuff packed for the final move. Once you have moved your belongings to your new home, you can clean the room where you stored your belongings.
When cleaning, you want to start from top to bottom. First remove dust and cobwebs from the ceiling and top of doors, cabinets, and other furniture. It is a good idea to wear a mask or scarf because all the dirt and dust will become airborne. Wipe down the walls after you dust the ceilings. If you spot any stains on the walls, use a damp cloth to remove them. Then clean the windows, soft furnishings, appliances, and carpets. Clean the bathrooms last. And off you go, you are done cleaning and ready to move out.