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Old 12.05.2011, 18:05
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But surely sanding and varnishing a floor cannot cost 6000 chf?
It's such an easy job, wouldn't take more than 2 days if you allow for drying in between layers. I should make a career switch!
I have no idea what it costs to re-do a floor. You (or the OP) should call some people to compare. Knowledge is power!


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Well, the text says what it says.
Hardwood floors of course last longer than 10 yrs, in the same way a wall lasts longer; but the surface treatment is supposed to be spoiled after 10 years, so that is normal wear and tear.

In the same way as a bathtub last 40 yrs... but its surface is dull after 10, and can be re-done.

The main point is, even if you are sometimes stuck with some stuff, it is good to investigate what is wear and tear assumed to be for that item, and challenge the management to pay only the correct fraction of the restauration.

The text says what is says, but it doesn't say what you wrote.
Most people will not bother to translate the French. And as you see the person who wrote below you was ready to trash his floor! lol.

The OP has dents in the floor for high heel shoes. That is not the same as worn out varnish. And much more difficult to get out.

But thanks for mentioning the "normal wear & tear" issue. It's an important one that often gets missed. And I agree the OP needs to push back.
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Old 26.05.2011, 17:36
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But surely sanding and varnishing a floor cannot cost 6000 chf?
It's such an easy job, wouldn't take more than 2 days if you allow for drying in between layers. I should make a career switch!
One of the apartments in my house had the floor sanded a couple of weeks ago. I'm still sweeping up dust which travelled up two levels of spiral stairwell, into my apartment and up another level into my living area.....
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Old 26.05.2011, 18:02
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It really depends on the property management company. Some are meticulous, others are simply good at marketing the Swiss reputation for cleanliness.
Some will guarantee that the handover won't be a problem once they're finished. They may cost a bit more but it's worth it.
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Re: Getting screwed by property management...help

Ja, you are getting ripped off. My opinion.

We`ve been in and out of rented apartments, and usually they allow us to accompany them armed with our cleaning stuff for things the "normal" eye missed.

But a stove top! You cook on it minimum 3 times a day! Pots are heavy things, of course it will get a few scratches!

The last flat we left, the vegetable drawer was cracked, and the grid in oven was rusty .... the owner agreed both needed replacement, as normal wear and tear.

The only fall-down we had .... I had tried to wipe off the fly-shite from the lounge ceiling, and in the snow-white reflection of a snowy sunshine afternoon the white spots showed, so we were allowed to repaint the ceiling. Then the new tenant complained that the rest of the flat had "not white" ceilings ...... and she was told to accept it!

Leaving the fly-shite, we were told, was a better option ..... "natural wear and tear" as flies are part of life and living.
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Old 26.05.2011, 18:57
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Light scratchs can be "lifted" with the right cleaning fluids. But deep glass scratches should be paid for.

Oh come on! even deep scratches on a stove top are normal wear and tear unless someone took a diamond and deliberately dug into it.
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The OP has dents in the floor for high heel shoes.
How does that happen? The floor has got to be soft or the shoe-wearer has got to be heavy, or striking the floor with force.

I wonder if dropping a loaf of week-old bread would leave a dent on that floor.
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Old 26.05.2011, 19:08
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How does that happen? The floor has got to be soft or the shoe-wearer has got to be heavy, or striking the floor with force.

I wonder if dropping a loaf of week-old bread would leave a dent on that floor.
Seems you're not a woman who wears high heels on wood floors. It's not exactly uncommon.

http://tinyurl.com/3ond34g
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Seems you're not a woman who wears high heels on wood floors. It's not exactly uncommon.

http://tinyurl.com/3ond34g
These would cause some damage - ouch!

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