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How do you move out?

Sorry if this has been posted already, but I couldn't find it with the search. We are moving out of our apartment managed by Allianz. We already have a renter to take over, so that isn't a problem, but one of our Swiss friends told us that Allianz expects you to have the fireplace and dishwasher cleaned/serviced as part of moving out. This is total news to me and makes me wonder what else we might need to do that I never thought of. In my experience, you just need to clean the apartment. Any help with what else we might need to think of? and, we only used the fireplace 3 times - is cleaning the fireplace something we would really need to do?
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Re: How do you move out?

I've heard of this requirement before. The only way to know for sure is to check your contract.
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Re: How do you move out?

I would definitely contact Allianz to ask them about that directly, before paying to have the fireplace or dishwasher serviced.

But I do suggest doing a *very* thorough cleaning of your apartment. I was amazed at how picky our old landlord was (as well as the renter that was moving in). My husband and I even had to go back and replace the metal sink stoppers in our bathroom sinks because despite how much we had scrubbed them, they didn't look brand new.
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Re: How do you move out?

The contract is all in German and is scary long. We have friends who can help interpret - but sounds like you are saying it should be spelled out for us in there - this is good to know. Thanks... any other advice?
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My husband and I even had to go back and replace the metal sink stoppers in our bathroom sinks because despite how much we had scrubbed them, they didn't look brand new.
Right - that is the kind of information I really need to know. I just would never think of things like that - wow...
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Re: How do you move out?

Much better to ask Allianz really.
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The contract is all in German and is scary long. We have friends who can help interpret - but sounds like you are saying it should be spelled out for us in there - this is good to know. Thanks... any other advice?
Depending on your financial situation - you can pay a cleaning company to do a guaranteed clean - they promise it will be at the right standard and tend to be there for the handover too. In my experience its worth it if you can afford it because the agents know you've employed professionals and so are not looking for issues.

Oh, and if there is a scratch on the wooden floor, casually stand on it whilst looking carefree and whistling with your hands in your pockets
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Re: How do you move out?

If it looks fine, don't bother.

My contract had the same requirements, upon handover I was happy to learn that they did not even bother checking whether the diswasher was serviced or not. Even the bathroom filters had not been replaced by the cleaners, but only cleaned from the outside. Everything looked like new.

However, they were picking on other things for which I was not prepared: there was a small chip off the vegetable tray in the fridge, the baking tray in the oven was not the original one (I did not change it, never even used the bloody oven, but how can you prove this??), bathroom tap was 'broken' because it splashed when she fully opened it, the toilet seat was grey instead of white (always been like that) and more of this nonsense... seriously, this woman from the agency was crazy. I am now waiting for the bills, so I can hand them over to my insurance to fight it.
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