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Old 29.06.2009, 16:51
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tips needed: leaving an apartment?

Hi, On August 31 will be moving from my 1st apt to another apartment which will be avaliable form Oct.1.
Wanted to ask you for tips around the inspection of the flat I'll be leaving and in particular following items:
1. My lease specifies that I need to bring in a tech to inspect the washer and dryer as well as the dishwasher and certify that it is in good working order. Did you have to do this? if yes, what did it cost and who do you call?
2. did you hire a cleaning firm or did you clean yourself? what woudl you recommend? I got my place new and there is no damage or any wear and tear.
3. I'll be on vacations most of Sept and not registered anywhere until I move into the new flat. Is it OK to not register at new address and remain unregistered for 3-4 weeks until the new flat is ready (building is still not occupied)

Many thanks in advance.

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Old 29.06.2009, 16:59
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Re: tips when leaving an apartment?

Depends if you want to pay a company, or not, our neighbour paid a company and it still was not upto there standards of being clean, so our landlady cleaned it (she is very good, and loves cleaning).

1 tip is if you do it yourself unsrew the taps and clean them inside
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Old 29.06.2009, 17:27
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Re: tips when leaving an apartment?

Yes you do have to do this if it is in your contract. You can get it serviced by the specific company, their number will be on the instructions manual for each. If they are all from one company maybe it will work out cheaper?
If you don't have a clue about cleaning to the local "standard" it might work out easier to pay someone who does.
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Old 29.06.2009, 17:31
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Re: tips when leaving an apartment?

cleaning is least of the issue. My place is clean (most of the time) and I can imagine they are anal...I can deal with it as well...my point was to figure out if there are some ridiculous places they check one might not even suspect they would ever check...
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Old 29.06.2009, 17:56
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That's exactly what I mean, so many places... like inside the grooves of the external blinds...
It varies so much from person to person. don't forget keller, postbox.
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Old 29.06.2009, 17:58
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cleaning is least of the issue. My place is clean (most of the time) and I can imagine they are anal...I can deal with it as well...my point was to figure out if there are some ridiculous places they check one might not even suspect they would ever check...
Yes the inside of the taps, and toilet.
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cleaning is least of the issue. My place is clean (most of the time) and I can imagine they are anal...I can deal with it as well...my point was to figure out if there are some ridiculous places they check one might not even suspect they would ever check...
Our real estate checked under the cupboard edging near the floor and under our top row of cupboards, removing fitted lights and checking every corner. Most of the food spashes were gone but it was the ones you can't even see, so they feel with their hands. Everything needs to be de-calcified inkl. toilet bowels (right up under the rim and down the bend, taps (including tap ends - as Suttter said these screw out to put into strong descaler solution), washing machine powder tray, dishwasher filter and no water marks on windows.

Our real estate was also fussy about oven trays and shelves and even took out the lights in the oven and extractor fan to make sure they were clean inside.
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Old 29.06.2009, 18:13
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Our real estate checked under the cupboard edging near the floor and under your top row of cupboards, removing fitted lights and checking every corner. Most of the food spashes you have removed and it is the ones you can't even see, so they feel with their hands. Everything needs to be de-calcified inkl. toilet bowels (right up under the rim and down the bend, taps (including tap ends - as Suttter said these screw out to put into strong descaler solution), washing machine powder tray, dishwasher filter and no water marks on windows.

Our real estate was also fussy about oven trays and shelves and even took out the lights in the oven and extractor fan to make sue they were clean inside.
Bloody hell fire abit OTT that isn`t it
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That's exactly why I say it varies from person to person.
I think your agent wins the award for... em ... imagination!
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We chose the same and!
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That's exactly why I say it varies from person to person.
I think your agent wins the award for... em ... imagination!
Arrrrrrrghhh yes probably inside the thing on the toilet, when i move i will be paying my landlady to clean (i throw those blue swan things in so it is all blue now)

The oven was a pain when we moved out of our last place, and the blinds

Ok OP come to think of it pay someone to do the cleaning
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We chose the same and!
LOL didn`t notice hehehe
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Arrrrrrrghhh yes probably inside the thing on the toilet, when i move i will be paying my landlady to clean (i throw those blue swan things in so it is all blue now)
Pour a bottle of coke inside the toilet and leave overnight. You'll see why you should always brush your teeth after drinking cola Schnell entcalcer / Green label Durgol from the pharmacy also does the trick.
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Pour a bottle of coke inside the toilet and leave overnight. You'll see why you should always brush your teeth after drinking cola Schnell entcalcer / Green label Durgol from the pharmacy also does the trick.
the toilet is white and very clean, it is the tank thing that is blue if i pour coke in that then coke will clean the toilet bowl when we flush
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the toilet is white and very clean, it is the tank thing that is blue if i pour coke in that then coke will clean the toilet bowl when we flush


We have lots of calcuim in the Zug water and when my loo was broken and dripping (inside) we got a hard water stripe down the back. I tried everything and the durgol heavy duty stuff was the only thing that worked. Now that i'm pregnant again the loo is in use all night, so I need to use the other loo and try the leaving the coke again overnight.

I wish I knew a non-chemical way of cleaning the oven. Oven cleaner stinks and I don't want to use it now. Anyone know?
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I wish I knew a non-chemical way of cleaning the oven. Oven cleaner stinks and I don't want to use it now. Anyone know?
I put tin foil on the bottom, mostly ignore the sides and use this to clean the inside of the glass door:



Marvellous, marvellous stuff; contains oxysalic acid or somesuch from rhubard leaves and no anti-pregnancy bleach stuff. Not sure where you can get it over here, though, sorry - I'm still using up my UK stash.

I can't use oven cleaners too because of susceptibility to asthma from the fumes. But this regime keeps it clean enough until hubby nukes it a couple of times a year

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Re: tips when leaving an apartment?

thanks all for the tips!
I would imagine large outfitslike Wincasa has people that do just that kind of inspections huh?
What about a toilet bown that is inside of the wall? so not external? do I need to worry about that?

I'll do my best cleaning with my better half and tell them to stuff it if there is a spot on the bulb inside the oven
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Re: tips when leaving an apartment?

PAY someone to do it with a garantie... I've just spent the past week scrubbing a three room apartment on my own... never EVER again...
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wonder about costs...and recommendations of reputable cleaning outfits...
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wonder about costs...and recommendations of reputable cleaning outfits...
I am interested in the same thing too, with a possibility we might move. I was inquiring about it to some friends who just moved.

From the horses mouth: They got it done by the same company who were helping them move. For 2.5 room apartment they paid 1300CHF for moving things (including a very big and complex rolling doors wardrobe/Schrank) and another 700CHF for cleaning the apartment along with guarantee. These are just few numbers to ponder on. Hope this helps.

Lets hope someone can give us a quote on how much to pay for a 3.5 room apartment. Also does the moving cost depending on the distance that you are moving, I mean surely distance that you are moving has to do with the prices that are quoted.
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