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No, I got a cleaning company to do it. 18 48.65%
Yes and it went well (fines less than CHF200) 18 48.65%
Yes and I would DIY again but I had quite large fines (CHF200+) 0 0%
Yes but I would never DIY again myself (large fines or other major problems) 2 5.41%
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Re: End of tenancy cleaning - DIY?

I'm also moving out of my 2.5 bed apartment in June. Any ideas of where to hire and cost of cleaners?
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Re: End of tenancy cleaning - DIY?

I cleaned my 3.5 apartment myself. It took forever. The worst part was the glass shower cubicle; it was a bloody nightmare to clean. As a result of that cleaning experience I will never buy one myself!

But, the landlady was happy and very impressed with my cleaning skills. Especially noteworthy were the taps, which did not have a scratch on them.

I can also advise keeping a small supply of those small windscreen-cleaning kits they hand out at the carwash. During the inspection, the kitchen extractor hood was found to have a rouge collection of superfluous grease inside. Out with the emergency windscreen-cleaning kit and all was cleaned, with a fresh lemon smell to boot.

She was very impressed indeed !

Next time I won't do it myself, though. Too much work.

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Re: End of tenancy cleaning - DIY?

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Suggestion - ask your landlord/lady for a preferred supplier. Then if the flat is not cleaned well, the supplier risks losing future business.
Excellent comment, that's what we're intendign to do when we move out

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We regularly clean the filters on our taps and at least a couple of times a year, clean the shutters on the outside.
Our dishwasher was not draining properly last week so I ordered and fitted a new drainage pump gasket. Routine maintenance.
Our kitchen extractor fan would pass an inspection now. The filters were in the dishwasher last night and the rest was cleaned (it wasn't that dirty because it gets done regularly).
Oh dear, it would never have occurred to me that taps have filters that needed cleaning! The kitchen extractor fan (and a fan in the shower room) and the oven have been on my 'to do' list for a while now, and I was sure there were other things I was missing, but things like going the outside of the shutters... well that's impossible for us as we're on the 3rd and 4th floor...
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What was wrong with it?

(This may help others).
After reading your post I realise it probably would have been a bit more sensible had I said what the problems were....sorry for that.

We had no carpets, but marble/tiled floors throughout, and according to the person who came from Remax they weren't clean/shiny enough. Ditto the marble tops in the bathrooms. Pretty impossible to achieve without a buffing machine.

The outside metal shutters weren't clean enough. Actually it wasn't so much the outside of them it was the inside that caused the problem, the part against the window. I found it virtually impossible to clean the inside of the shutters without then messing up the windows....which then needed re-doing.

I also asked a Swiss older friend to come and see what she thought and she pointed out some things she thought would help. (This woman unscrews the switchplates from her lightswitches on a regular basis, puts them in a mesh bag and washes them in the dishwasher with her dishes....so I felt she was the ideal person to ask.)

I've drawn a line under the whole experience.....and as I said before I won't take a chance the next time, it'll be a cleaning company from day one.
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Excellent comment, that's what we're intendign to do when we move out



Oh dear, it would never have occurred to me that taps have filters that needed cleaning! The kitchen extractor fan (and a fan in the shower room) and the oven have been on my 'to do' list for a while now, and I was sure there were other things I was missing, but things like going the outside of the shutters... well that's impossible for us as we're on the 3rd and 4th floor...
Strangely enough last week I spotted my Swiss neighbours on the floors above us do their shutters from the inside. They are lucky enough to have windows that open the full extent of their window area and so, when the shutters are angled open, they can clean both sides from the inside of their apartment.

I will be getting a company in!
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Re: End of tenancy cleaning - DIY?

I just had correspondence with my leasing agency/landlord regarding the end cleaning (at my own initiation, because I am having a terrible time finding a cleaner who will take the job without my being an existing customer.

The agency said, "No problem, we will organise it for you, and for your 3.5 room apartment the charge is 700CHF. We'll simply take it out of your deposit."

Wow. 700CHF... That's more than I was expecting to pay (about double). So I looked a little harder, and googled, instead of "Endreinigung" I started to look for "Umzugsreinigung" and the prices were even higher! I was finding quotes over 1,000CHF. Unbelievable.

So I'm going to go with the agency at nearly 700CHF. But I didn't pay a deposit, and I went with SwissCaution. So, does anybody know how that will work?

Will SwissCaution be looking to recoup the cost from me? Should I notify SwissCaution and say "Hey guys, this is going to happen, I know it's going to happen, and I am willing to pay for it? or should I just wait for the bill and presume that they'll be mitigating some of the costs down?

Or should I just send the agency 700CHF so they don't have to deal with SwissCaution?
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700 CHF doesn't spun like a bad price. It's possible the agency didn't know off hand you used SC, I'd just tell them to send the invoice to you directly. SC won't negotiate a cleaning bill down, an once you pay the bill you can end your contract with SC by initiating the process instead of waiting for them to cancel it.
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Re: End of tenancy cleaning - DIY?

Any tips on how to clean the outside of the automatic shutter, and also the top wall of the oven? For the oven, I've tried those strong chemical spays, but as the heating wires are really close to the top wall, It's really hard for me to clean it afterwards.
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Re: End of tenancy cleaning - DIY?

On a previous post had thanked someone who spoke about the filter for the extractor fan, as realized how thorough (metodical) hand-over would be.
I believe for smaller apartment it can be easier for self clean, especially if you regular clean & about a month before do a walk through yourself to start the 1st process in advance.
Something to take into account, once you have moved out - what cleaning equipment will you have - vacuum etc.
A big difference how long you have been in apartment, if years, thinks you might not notice; How it needs to be for new Tenant(s)
I do not know what cleaning companies (persons) charge, but something to think about, but to maybe get a lower quote if the apartment is clean when they come to quote.
Yes do take on board if they will be there for the hand-over

ps something odd happened with last-hand-over the House Owner, kept going to the toilet and flushing it, then the communal washing area, washing machine & dryer with 2 large sinks; He kept running the water - no Idea Why. The first bit - he explained he had upset stomach, but his 2nd Action was odd.

ps; could not vote! maybe because 3 weeks old, would have voted for less than 200Euro
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Re: End of tenancy cleaning - DIY?

Hello,

Any tips on how to clean the glass shower cubicle? I also had one in my flat and it's quite old. It looks like it's impossible to clean the surface completely. I don't know if it's because it reacts with the soap and shampoo during a shower.

For the filter extracter, I also tried to clean it myself and with a dishwasher, but there's still a lot grease inside.

Does anyone know the life time of a filter extracter? Can I simply ask the landlord to replace it and pay it according to how long it was already used?

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I cleaned my 3.5 apartment myself. It took forever. The worst part was the glass shower cubicle; it was a bloody nightmare to clean. As a result of that cleaning experience I will never buy one myself!

But, the landlady was happy and very impressed with my cleaning skills. Especially noteworthy were the taps, which did not have a scratch on them.

I can also advise keeping a small supply of those small windscreen-cleaning kits they hand out at the carwash. During the inspection, the kitchen extractor hood was found to have a rouge collection of superfluous grease inside. Out with the emergency windscreen-cleaning kit and all was cleaned, with a fresh lemon smell to boot.

She was very impressed indeed !

Next time I won't do it myself, though. Too much work.

Cheers,
Chris
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Hello,

Any tips on how to clean the glass shower cubicle? I also had one in my flat and it's quite old. It looks like it's impossible to clean the surface completely. I don't know if it's because it reacts with the soap and shampoo during a shower.

For the filter extracter, I also tried to clean it myself and with a dishwasher, but there's still a lot grease inside.

Does anyone know the life time of a filter extracter? Can I simply ask the landlord to replace it and pay it according to how long it was already used?
If you did not regularly clean the cubicle, you have your work cut out for you. Durgol Surface for baths is a good product.

The filter in the hood fan does need replacing after some years. It depends very much on how regularly it was cleaned and the type of cooking. What is the make and model number of your fan? Maybe post a picture.
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Re: End of tenancy cleaning - DIY?

Thank you to everyone who took part in my poll. The results were 50/50 self/company cleaning. BUT nearly everyone who DIY'ed was happy and only 2 people said they had big problems.

Soooooo....

I did my own cleaning. I now have no skin on my knuckles and I swear the de-calc chemicals have removed all the cilia from my lungs. But the agent said today I will get all my deposit back in the next few days.

Thanks to EF for saving me well over Ł1000.
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Re: End of tenancy cleaning - DIY?

We've always done it ourselves and 3/3 got all the deposits back.

What exactly is the big deal over this whole "end of lease cleaning" thing?

The only reason to get someone else to do it is if you can't be arsed/don't have the time - which is another discussion to "is it possible to do it yourself".

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