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Old 23.05.2012, 15:25
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Re: Final cleaning: self or cleaning agency?

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Why is it so expensive?
Three reasons:

1. The cost of labour in Switzerland
2. The standard demanded by landlords
3. The guarantee and the risk that additional work will be required

From what I understand, the final cleaning of an apartment must be very, very thorough -- not just superficial items, but insides of dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, inside cabinets, drawers, cupboards, etc. It pays to get a professional to do the cleaning as they know the standard that is required and which items landlords typically check.

Also, double-check your lease to see if you've already paid for the cleaning. In ours, it states that we need to pay a cleaning fee of CHF700-, which is actually something of a bargain. I'll happily pay the CHF700 and not worry about handing it back clean.
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