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Old 08.05.2012, 15:35
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Weve done both - I would recommend to hire someone.

When we cleaned - we lived in a 4.5 and started cleaning 4 days ahead of time, things like the oven (must be spotless), dishwasher, cabinets that were empty etc. We did hire someone to come and clean the carpets and balcony awning, but we're trying to save money so didn't have them clean it all. We tried doing the metal shutters, outside windows, balcony floor, all that stuff - but in the end it was too much and we ran out of time. Now - when we had our walk through the agency was fine with the cleaning, but the new tenant kicked up a fuss so we had to pay again to have someone come and clean everything.

When we hired someone - they managed to do a 4.5 in half a day, but they were still cleaning during the inspection and the woman from the agency was a total cow and really difficult. Had we have cleaned it would have been a nightmare.

I honestly believe your experience will be solely based on the person who does the walk through - they could be really lax or they could take apart the bathroom fan with a rubber glove. So it's up to you - how much is your time worth? Are you willing to spend hours cleaning to have to pay a company to come in anyways?

Oh - and you would more than likely be able to schedule the cleaning and walk through for the Monday after the weekend.
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