What tips do you have for my end of tenancy clean?

Issues with cleaning is the most common reason why a tenant may face deductions at the end of the tenancy. Professionally cleaning a four-bedroom property costs on average £370.00, there can also be significant costs associated with businesses disposing of items left at the end of the tenancy.

To avoid these costs, we suggest that you put a plan together well in advance of when you expect to leave the property. Who, when, and where, is the best place to start.

Your target is to bring the property back to the level of cleanliness as when you moved in, this is usually to a professional standard. Referring to your Check-In report is the best indicator of the condition of the property at the start of your tenancy.

Depending on the size of your home and level cleanliness from the outset, set aside between 4 and 7 hours to clean the property. Bathrooms and kitchens take around 50% of your total cleaning time.

Think about what additional cleaning products you may need and budget accordingly. On top of cleaning products, you may choose to hire a carpet cleaner, or instruct a professional cleaner. Consider that end of tenancy cleaning is usually more expensive than domestic cleaning rates.

Commonly Missed Areas

Bins & Small Appliances

Interior bins, kettles, and toasters are not provided by Pickard Properties, you will need to remove these from the property when your tenancy ends.


Clean appliances inside and out. Be sure to consider the below when cleaning the following appliances:

Washing Machine

  • Clean inside the filler drawer (this may be removable on your appliance.
    • Clean inside the drum.
    • Clean the filter before you leave the property.

Tumble Dryer

  • Empty the water reservoir.
    • Empty and clean the dust filter.

 Oven, Grill, and Extractor Fan

  • Consider using a strong oven cleaner.
    • Be sure to clean the grill, hob, and extractor fan.
    • The filters in your extractor fan can go in the dishwasher but may require additional cleaning also.

Fridge Freezer

  • Give yourself time to defrost and fully clean the fridge and freezer in advance to you leaving the property.
    • Be sure to set a towel down to collect water when you defrost the fridge and freezer.
    • Turn the appliance(s) off when you leave the property and leave the doors open.

Under Beds

Be remove any refuse and vacuum under beds.

Drawers & Cupboards

Make sure that you have not forgotten any personal belongings. Be sure to wipe out all drawers before you leave the property.

Vacuum Cleaner

If a vacuum cleaner has been provided, assure that your vacuum cleaner has been emptied and cleaned before leaving the property.

Outdoor Areas

Make efforts to guarantee that the outdoor areas, including any bin areas are tidy and free of refuse on the last day of your tenancy.