End of tenancy cleaning: How to ensure you get your deposit back

December 22nd, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

They say that moving home is one of the most stressful things that we do in life. After all, there is so much to consider.

We have to ensure that the move goes smoothly, that our goods are transported correctly, and on top of that we have got all the cleaning to worry about.

The problem is that for many of us, this will naturally be a time when we are quite busy and rushed, so we may not always take the time to check every nook and cranny.

Even the most diligent person may sometimes miss out on things that an eagle-eyed landlord will pick up on.

These include things like dusting the skirting boards, wiping the dust off of the top shelves, cleaning behind the fridge and the oven, and wiping down the walls.

Even for a relatively small studio flat, you could easily be spending up to a day on the cleaning alone. It is also so difficult to coordinate the cleaning properly, as we may sometimes have to wait until we have moved all of our things out of the home before we can knuckle down to the cleaning.

For those of us who live in mid-sized or larger properties, getting everything ship-shape may be a very tall and time-consuming order indeed.

And yet skipping the cleaning is simply not an option, as we could be leaving ourselves up to £1,000 or more out of pocket, depending on how big a deposit you paid.

So in light of all of this, we have listed a few of our top tips below in order to make sure you do not miss out on a huge chunk of money due to an innocent oversight.

Prepare in advance

As mentioned before, time is of the essence when it comes to the cleaning. Many of us in our mad rush to get things sorted, make the mistake of leaving things until the very last minute.

Not only are we short-changing ourselves in terms of time but we may also leave ourselves short-changed as well if our landlord penalises us as a result.

Therefore, you definitely want to plan ahead and make sure you have got every base covered.

Uncover the dark corners of your home!

Leave no stone unturned when it comes to the cleaning. In order to make sure that you don’t leave anything off the list, it is good to prepare a list of tasks that need doing before you start.

Try to include all of those hard-to-reach places, such as under cupboards, furniture, beds, behind partitions, appliances, walls and pictures, to eliminate the possibility of your estate agent or landlord being able to find fault with your property.

Make sure you give everywhere a good, thorough clean before you begin as well.

Hire a professional cleaning firm

Honestly, if you want to avoid the hassle altogether, why not delegate the tedious chore of cleaning to someone else?

Instead of running the risk of missing anything or forgetting to pay due attention to cleaning areas, you can instead hire a cleaning firm such as Nviro who are experienced in both domestic and commercial cleaning.

We are specialists in our trade and have the equipment, skills, staff members backed up by years of knowledge to ensure that your home is cleaned to industry standards.

In this time of economic uncertainty, particularly in the run-up to the New Year and Christmas, you really can’t afford to leave anything to chance and risk losing a small fortune because of one clumsy oversight.

Therefore, save yourself some time, and ultimately money by using a reputable cleaning company and letting them take all the hassle off your hands.


Once your former home is looking as good as new, the next step is to take photographs and make a note of all the things that have been done.

If you have used a professional cleaning company, you should also obtain the receipt.

This will allow you to prove to your landlord that you have undertaken all the tasks as required, and it can be retained by you as further evidence if necessary.