Exams, parties, and organising your future – it’s a busy time of year for students. Things can get particularly hectic during the summer months. For some they will be leaving their rented accommodation for good, and for others they will be renewing their tenancy agreements or looking for somewhere else to live.
Whatever your circumstances, it’s important that you adhere to your tenancy agreement and leave the flat or house in the exact way as you first moved in. It can be particularly stressful and emotional dealing with the pressures of exams and saying goodbye to friends, but don’t fall into the trap that many students do by making the situation worse.
Forgetting to clean and tidy the house before you leave means that the landlord will use the money from your deposit to pay for professional cleaning. Whilst this is good for professional cleaners, it isn’t for you guys.
You may have planned a little summer break to relax and unwind. You may have allocated the money from your deposit to pay for it, but if your deposit is used to have your accommodation professionally cleaned, it’ll mean having little or none of the deposit back. Not only will you be saying goodbye to your friends and university life, but you could end up saying goodbye to your deposit too.
Landlords use the deposit to make sure the accommodation is kept in a good condition. Not only does this mean that furniture and appliances should be kept in good working condition, but it also means that the accommodation should be clean and tidy.
This doesn’t mean the odd speck of dust or a stray cobweb, it means the carpets, walls, ceilings, as well as all the furniture and appliances are kept clean – to the point that if someone else moved in, they would be happy to do so without the need of having to clean anything themselves.
Whilst many rooms are given cleaning attention, it’s often the kitchen where students forget to clean. Arguably, the kitchen is where most dirt builds up. Think of all the grease, grime and food particles which can get trapped in cupboards, on surfaces as well as in the fridge or oven. As a student, the oven is probably the most used kitchen appliance; the ease of throwing in a pizza and some oven chips wouldn’t be the case without an oven. This is the biggest trap students fall into, they forget just how much they have used the oven, and whilst they may give the hob a quick wipe over, they neglect to think about what’s inside the oven door.
This is where students need to make sure they get the oven professionally cleaned. Even if they decide to clean the oven themselves, they may cause more harm than good. This is because oven cleaning requires the right products and experienced technicians. Many well known oven cleaning products actually contain harmful chemicals which can ruin the trimming, rubber, chrome, and shelves inside of the oven. If this happens, then these parts of the oven will need to be fixed or replaced, costing you even more than you bargained for.
So, as a student, don’t compromise your deposit; make sure your accommodation is thoroughly cleaned, especially your oven. However you don’t want to jeopardise the functionality and cleanliness of the oven, make sure you choose a professional oven valeting service; you’ll be better placed to getting your full deposit back if you do.