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How Long Does End of Tenancy Cleaning Take

The day has come for you to move out of your rented place, and you are extremely excited. A new beginning is waiting for you. A new place, possibly another rental home, or even better – your own property. Maybe you’re moving in with a loved one, or you’re moving for your dream job, or both. You’ll be starting another chapter of your life and that is great.

But leaving your current rental property is not that easy. You’ll have to give a month notice to your landlord that you’re moving out. And upon moving out, you would want your deposit money back. This is where it gets a little tricky. 

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If you are:

  • Moving out of your rented place;
  • Want to get your deposit money back;
  • Need information about end of tenancy cleaning;

Keep reading, this article is for you!

What is end of tenancy cleaning?

At the end of each tenancy, the tenant is required to clean up the rented place and leave it in the state they’ve found it upon moving in. Only then will the landlord return the deposit money. These are the standard terms of any tenancy contract. 

Of course, your contract might be a bit different and include a more detailed clause about the end of the tenancy. So before you start doing anything, read your contract carefully for any specific clarifications.

End of tenancy cleaning is also a specialized service offered by different cleaning service providers. It follows a specific deep clean routine checklist that refreshes the entire property and makes it presentable for inspection. This service also guarantees a tenant’s deposit money back. 

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Do you need to hire end of tenancy cleaners?

It depends. Check your contract thoroughly because some contracts state that you HAVE TO book a professional end of tenancy cleaning service. Others don’t. If your contract doesn’t state you have to hire professionals, then you’re not obliged to do it. Your landlord requires the same level of cleanliness as it was documented in the move-in inventory report. How you achieve it is up to you.

However, if you decide to clean the place yourself, there will be no guarantee you will achieve the wanted result. You’ll need to have your check-in inventory report as a guide. And even then, there is no guarantee that the landlord will find your work acceptable. This is the cause of 56% of landlord and tenant disputes. That’s why it’s advisable to leave the end of tenancy cleaning to the professionals.

How long does the end of tenancy cleaning take?

Short answer – one whole day. Long answer – it depends. 

End of tenancy cleaning is not like the regular clean you do every week. It’s a deep clean routine that takes time. How long it would take depends on the size and state of your property, as well as whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a cleaning team. In both cases, free up one full day to make sure you cover every important task. 

If you go DIY

If you decide to clean by yourself, you’ll have to gather the right tools. Dusting and hoovering is not enough. If you have carpets, you’ll have to steam clean them. The kitchen will take up the most time, as you will have to clean all your appliances inside and out. The oven alone could take you an hour and that’s if you chose the right cleaning product. Don’t forget to gear up with a face mask and rubber gloves!

If you go professional

If you book a cleaning company, the specialists will work as long as it takes to guarantee your deposit back. They will arrive prepared with all the right tools, including a steam cleaner for your carpet and the right cleaning product for your oven. They also work faster and will most likely finish the job for less than a day. 

End of tenancy cleaning is vital to get your deposit back

If you don’t have time to clean up your rented property by yourself, or if your contract requires for you to hire a professional cleaning team, then you can always rely on Fantastic Services. We will guarantee your deposit back from your landlord, so you can part ways on good terms. You can also call us again in three days time for a free re-clean if your landlord is not satisfied with the job. 

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  • If you want your deposit back at the end of your tenancy, it’s important to leave your rented place in the same state of cleanliness as when you moved in;
  • If your contract states that you HAVE TO hire a cleaning company for the end of tenancy clean, then you have to hire one. If it doesn’t, you could try to clean up the place yourself. However, this does not guarantee your deposit back;
  • An end of tenancy clean would most probably take up a whole day, but depending on the size and state of your place, and whether you hire professionals, it could take less.


Have you ever had to book an end of tenancy cleaner when moving out? Did you get your deposit back? Tell us in the comments!

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