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I have a cleaning lady is it obligatory to use a cleaning company or I can use her instead
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Re: cleaning the house when leaving

It's not obligatory to use a specialist company, but they can guarantee that anything the landlord/agency isn't happy with they'll fix - sometimes without extra cost to you if that's part of the contract. The question is, is your normal cleaning lady au fait enough with the cleaning requirements for a handover or not? If not, I'd go with a specialist.
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Re: cleaning the house when leaving

it should be possible to use a regular cleaning Lady and I have done so in the past. Check, however, if your contract mentions anything about cleaning. Some do, most don't. So always check the contract first.
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You can use her, or you can even clean it yourself.

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Re: cleaning the house when leaving

I know people who worked in tandem with their cleaning lady when leaving.

You can give a good rhythm to the work, make suggestions + check everything as you go along + halve the time needed.
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Re: cleaning the house when leaving

There is such cleaning company that can give you promise that if the apartment company are not satisfied, they will pay, not you.
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There is such cleaning company that can give you promise that if the apartment company are not satisfied, they will pay, not you.
Known as Abnahmegarantie / Abgabegarantie / Übernahmegarantie. Not necessarily much of a guarantee of anything.

For example, in the case of Hammertrans, a bad company claiming to offer this service for ~1300 CHF and specifying such guarantee in contract: renter-outer didn't accept condition of fireplace on handover ("cheminee" was explicitly mentioned in contract with Hammertrans); Hammertrans (bad) quibbled on phone; victim tenant (armed_neutrality) of bad bad scammers (Hammertrans of Emmen) had to travel to a further two appointments at the property. At the first appointment, victim had to kill around 30 minutes while Hammertrans (awful) waved a small hoover at the fireplace. At the final appointment, victim met renter-outers, who were still not happy with fireplace's condition, and was pressured in to signing a document admitting liability for bringing fireplace up to standard (failure to sign on spot would ultimately bring further costs upon unwitting victim of Hammertrans, you see). Having eventually engaged in additional admin (least favourite activity) to handle deduction from deposit and payout with adjustment, victim presented victim's bill to Hammertrans (having explored whether any mechanism existed for the presence of Abnahmegarantie to allow landlord to bill Reinignungsfirma directly, bypassing normal routing of contractual relations - answer: it doesn't, presence of such guarantee does not transfer your liability to the cleaning co, it just gives you a claim on them). Hammertrans (the worst, or one of) proceeded to quibble, saying they did a fine job, they didn't have to pay, eventually saying okay they would pay even though they didn't have to. The total cost to victim of holding Hammertrans to their "Garantie" exceeded, by orders of magnitude, any amounts notionally at stake.

I guess what I'm saying is, Abnahmegaranties are only worth something if from a decent and honest company, and some of them -- ain't.

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Re: cleaning the house when leaving

I don't have a cleaning lady. But I have a wife
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Remember to keep her tied to the oven.
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Which is way more expensive in the long run
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Re: cleaning the house when leaving

If you hire a company, they should be there at the hand-over, too, included in their price.
If you get your own cleaner to clean the flat, book and pay her to be at the hand-over with you.

Whether you clean the apartment yourself, have your cleaner do it, or hire a cleaning company, it is always a good idea to have a box of cleaning materials with you on the day you do the final hand-over. That way, if the landlord finds anything to complain about, you (or your cleaners) can fix it immediately, thereby saving costs all round.
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