It is time for you to move and you look up the classifieds for the cheapest cleaning service in London. There are plenty of listings, so you pick one at random set a date and you are set. Bad news quickly follow as the landlord calls to ask why the work was shoddily done, and that he is holding on to the tenancy deposit until the cleaning is properly done.
This is a scenario that happens often with tenants suffering inconvenience and unnecessary costs just because they failed to verify if they were getting the best end of tenancy clean London service. How can you avoid this unfortunate scenario?
Avoid the cheapest
It is true that cheap is expensive. When it comes to end of tenancy cleaning, this is often true as you spend extra money clearing the mess done by an inexperienced or unscrupulous cleaning service. The only way to offer a ridiculously low price is by severe cost cutting. This involves hiring illegal and unskilled workers who can be exploited without legal risks, and getting the cheapest cleaning equipment and materials. All this leads to a shoddy job that is bound to be rejected by the landlord.
Look at the price quote
What is costing what? Some dishonest cleaning services exploit the invoicing loophole to inflate customer’s bills. They will quote very low and then find ways of raising the figure on the invoice through hidden costs. They will include ridiculous charges such as ‘Final inspection fees.’ Ensure that the cleaning service commits on paper the price quoted is the final price.
The anonymity of internet classifieds has given a platform to crooks sitting in small offices to swindle unsuspecting people. They will ask you to make a commitment fee even before they see the house they are to clean. Often, this is the last you will hear of them. If they don’t steal the deposit outright, they will connect you to a reluctant sub-contractor who will be in a hurry to do a poor job and collect the brokered paycheck.
Ensure that a cleaning company exists. Visit the office for verification. You can tell if it is an elaborate con or not by observing the cleaning crews’ uniforms and equipment. If they look well used but well maintained, you have a professional cleaning service.
The increased competition among cleaning services has brought prices down to tenants’ benefit. But you should be on the lookout for dishonest characters starting with the tips above.