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Get Your Deposit Back! Tips for End of Tenancy.

As we head into August, the university academic year has drawn to a close amid a host of graduation ceremonies! For many 2nd and 3rd year students, this time of year means a move out of private accommodation and into new surroundings. With Oakpark Cleaning Services being based in a university town (Colchester), our Operations Manager Steve Gray has put together some tips for students looking to reclaim as much of their security deposit as possible at their end of tenancy!

1) Wait until you have moved out until you conduct a final end of tenancy clean.
2) Always work from the top down. Begin by removing cobwebs from the ceiling and upper corners. Also make sure to dust lightshades, ceiling fans and smoke alarms.
3) Pay attention to blinds and curtains. Dust blinds thoroughly and make sure to remove and wash curtains prior to end of tenancy.
4) De-grease all kitchen appliances (oven, microwave, hob). This is perhaps the least pleasant job of an end of tenancy clean but it is one of the most common reasons for deductions from student security deposits.
5) Defrost the freezer and clean both fridge and freezer. For the fridge, you can 1) use a multi-purpose cleaner or 2) soak stains with a solution of white vinegar and water, before wiping with warm water.
6) Wipe down all kitchen worktops and walls.
7) Empty all kitchen cupboards and wipe down with a sponge with warm water. Remember to wipe down the inside of the cupboard door.
8) Scour all areas of the bathroom, including bath, shower, toilet and sink. Do not forget the fixings such as taps and shower nozzle. Use a scented heavy duty bathroom cleaner.
9) Thoroughly vacuum from the top of the house to the bottom. Use hoover attachments for problem areas such as under beds, on top of cabinets/wardrobes and stairs. Ideally move as much furniture as possible rather than vacuum around.
0) Use glass cleaner to conduct a final clean of all windows, mirrors, and glass. Make sure to leave no streaks.
11) Leave open all doors, cupboards and closets. This will make it easier to deal with any odours, not to mention making it easier for your landlord to inspect.
12) Once your clean is completed, take all rubbish with you. Many landlords will make a deduction for the disposal of rubbish and debris.

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