One of the fundamental points of presenting a home to potential buyers or renters is to make it easy for them to imagine themselves living in it. Nobody wants to live in somebody else’s dirt, so landlords need to ensure that their property is deep and sparkling clean before a viewer steps through the door.
While the Buy to Let market in the UK is thriving, serious, qualified and responsible renters are still highly valued by all landlords and, as the most desirable tenants, they’re the people most able (and probably most willing) to walk away. In principle, you can accept your outgoing tenant’s cleaning or even do the job yourself, in practice; it makes a lot of sense to use an experienced and reputable cleaning company like West Clean. Here are 3 reasons why.
Allergy sufferers will thank you
You may have forbidden your tenants from keeping pets and hopefully they listened, but there could still have been animals visiting the property. There are also lots of other allergy-triggers your tenants could innocently have had around the house, like plants with flowers and therefore pollen. The only way to banish these completely is to give the property a full deep clean, paying particular attention to carpets and soft furnishings such as curtains.
It’s an unpleasant thought, but mice are quick to discover empty properties where there is a source of food, such as crumbs left over from an incomplete clean. These needn’t even be on the floor, mice seem to have an uncanny ability to find their way into all sorts of spaces, including the insides of food cupboards which may have been forgotten during a standard clean (or done too quickly).
Once mice take up residence, getting rid of them can be expensive, inconvenient and upsetting for future tenants. It’s far easier to take steps to stop them making their home in a property in the first place, hence the advantage of a professional deep clean.
Promotes health and safety
Commercial landlords have responsibilities under Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Basically under the terms of this legislation, landlords are categorized as being self-employed and tenants as being employees of their landlord. This means that it is a legal requirement for landlords to understand and meet their obligations under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and other relevant legislation.
In simple terms what this means in practice is that landlords need to ensure that the property is safe before the tenants move in and must take reasonable steps to keep it safe while the tenants are in residence, e.g. undertaking repairs/maintenance as appropriate. The tenants, meanwhile, have a duty to promote their own safety where reasonable, e.g. by undertaking regular cleaning.
In the real world, it’s unrealistic to try to keep track of a tenant’s level of hygiene, which is why a professional end-of-tenancy clean is so beneficial. In addition to ensuring that trouble-spots such as tiling and taps are both hygienically clean and lime-scale free, professional cleaners will also remove and disinfect shower-heads, thus providing evidence that landlords have acted to protect their tenants against Legionnaire’s disease amongst others.
Don’t take the chance in losing a large chunk of your deposit by not getting a professional post tenancy clean anywhere in Greater London!
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