End of tenancy cleaning is an important service that people hire when they are moving house. The idea behind it is to make the property look how it did before the tenant moved in so that you will not leave any mess for your landlord to clean up. If you need a professional end-of-tenancy cleaner, then there are many things you should know about how much does an end-of-tenancy clean costs and how to choose the right one for your needs. In this article, we’ll go over everything from how much an end-of-tenancy cleaning costs, what factors influence the price and how to find a good company.
In order to keep your landlord happy, as well as those who come after them, hiring a professional end-of-tenancy cleaning service is a must. As you may know, if your landlord finds any sign of damage or mess in the property after you vacate it, then they can charge for repairs and deduct money from the deposit to cover them.
How much does an end-of-tenancy cleaning cost?
As with all services, how much an end-of-tenancy cleaning cost depends on various factors that include the size of the property, current state of cleanliness, whether you have a steam carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning included, and many other factors.
That being said before we can dive straight into the prices let’s break it down a bit more so we can understand exactly how prices for end-of-tenancy cleaning really work.
1. The first part of deciding the price of your end-of-tenancy cleaning is the size of the property.
When we talk about the size of the property, we take into account bedrooms, bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, living room(s), dining rooms(s), and any additional rooms that there may be in a property.
When you speak with a cleaning company to get a quote you should describe every single room in the house or flat including even the utility room. When the end-of-tenancy cleaners arrive at the property, they will follow the instructions from the company on what is included and what is not included.
If you forgot to mention a spare bedroom or a utility room or two, the tenancy cleaners will not be happy and will call the company in order to decide whether to clean those rooms for additional pay or leave the rooms and not clean them.
2. Will you require any additional areas cleaned such as balcony, venetian blinds, or additional kitchen appliances?
This is another very important point. Sometimes customers get surprised that we charge extra per venetian blinds? The reason is that most properties do not have blinds so it would be unfair to customers to add those to the price at a fixed rate even if the property does not have them. For example, some properties have very single windows covered with venetian blinds.
Now if the property is a 4-bedroom house, with 3 bathrooms over 3 levels. You can imagine how many blinds there will be on the property. Another thing is that venetian blinds are very time-consuming to clean as you have to clean each slat individually.
The same applies to balcony cleaning. If there is a small 1m by 2m balcony the price will be less than a penthouse that has floor-to-ceiling glass windows all around. This is why it is extremely important, to be honest, and describe the property in full as the professional cleaning company can provide you with an accurate quote and there will be no surprises or hidden fees when they arrive and inspect the job.
Lastly, kitchen appliances are another important factor to take into account when booking your service. Some cleaning companies will not include kitchen appliances with their price and will charge you on top. At Cleaners of London, we believe that this is a very poor way of dealing with things as any professional cleaning service should include one standard-size oven cleaning, one fridge, one dishwasher, one washing machine, and one dryer.
If you have a double oven or an American-style fridge/freezer you should advise the cleaning company as that may affect prices. Likewise, if you have an additional fridge/freezer, oven, grill or any additional kitchen appliances make sure you let the cleaning company know in advance so they can price accordingly.
3. Will you require tenancy carpet cleaning or furniture upholstery cleaned?
It is important to advise the professional cleaning team in advance whether you need sofas, mattresses, armchairs, or deep clean carpets. The reason for this is so that the tenancy cleaning team will have all the necessary equipment to clean the entire property.
Steam cleaning is charged per room so if you have a 3-bedroom house and require 3 bedrooms, 1 living room, 2 staircases, and 2 landings to be steam cleaned, then you can expect to pay between £150 to £300 just for the carpets alone.
Then if you have curtains, a mattress, a sofa or an armchair you can see how the costs add up. This is why certain companies offer a discount when you book multiple services for your tenancy cleaning services to help you save money.
A rough price of a bedroom to be carpet cleaned in London can vary from £25 to £60 depending on the professional cleaners.
4. Do they bring their own cleaning materials and equipment for the job?
Be sure to ask if the end-of-tenancy cleaning company will bring all the cleaning materials with them. Nowadays you can not be too sure. With so many cleaning companies in London providing tenancy cleaning services they all have different rules and regulations.
As standard, a cleaning company providing professional end-of-tenancy cleaning service should bring all necessary cleaning products and equipment for the job.
5. Any additional charges such as parking, Congestion Charge, or Ultra Low Emission Zone?
What is a Congestion Charge?
A Congestion Charge is a toll that is charged to drivers who drive into the most congested areas of a city. The money raised from the Congestion Charge is used to fund public transportation initiatives and to reduce traffic congestion. The cost of the Congestion Charge is £15 per day and they operate from 7:00 am – 22:00 pm, every day except on Christmas Day (25 December( and the period up to and including New Year’s Day Bank Holiday.
What is an Ultra-low Emission Zone?
An Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is an urban area, usually in the centre of a city, where the air pollution level is especially bad. These zones are designed to reduce emissions from cars by requiring them to meet stricter emission standards than normal. In 2021 the zones for ULEZ were extended to all areas within the A406 ring around London. The price for ULEZ is £12.50 per day and it operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, except Christmas Day (25 December).
Now that you have a better understanding of what these charges are you should not be shocked that a cleaning company is asking you to cover these charges if you live in central London or within the A406 ring.
Lastly, if you are not able to provide a free parking spot you will be asked to cover the parking fees at the end of the session.
The moment you have all been waiting for, here we give you a rough breakdown of how much does end of tenancy cleaning prices are.
At Cleaners of London, we try to provide professional cleaning services at an affordable price. Our end-of-tenancy cleaning cost for a studio flat is £110, some end-of-tenancy companies may charge less, and some charge more.
If we use a studio flat as our starting point for tenancy cleaning prices, then you can start to produce a quote yourself with these figures. For an additional bedroom, you can add £25/30, for an additional bathroom you can add £25/30 and in general, most rooms cost around £20/30 to add. So let’s do a quick calculation of property size and spec.
Let’s say customer Sivraj has a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom house on 3 levels and requires 3 Bedrooms to be steam cleaned. Well, using our standard price of £110 for the studio flat, we can add £50 for the two extra bedrooms, £60 for two extra bathrooms and £90 to steam the carpets.
Quick maths: £110 + £50 + £60 + £90 = £310.00. This is a rough guide you can use to calculate the cost of your end-of-tenancy clean. It is not as simple as end-of-tenancy cleaning services including many variations of what we discussed above, including oven cleaning, how many rooms, combined services, clean blinds, window cleaning, and many other aspects for an accurate estimate.
As a simple guide, we will list the prices of the whole property so you can get your own estimated cost.
Price per room:
Bedroom £30, bathroom, £30, toilet £20, floors £10, balcony £10/£30, dining room/living room £30.
Price per carpet:
Bedroom £40, living room £40, staircase £40, hallway £22.
For a full list of our fixed prices click here!
How much should your end of tenancy cleaning cost? We have learnt that prices vary, but you should have a better understanding of how it works.
Before you finally go ahead and provide a deposit to secure your booking find out what the company policy is on re-cleans and guarantees. You want to get your security deposit back without any issues but in case of issues.
You want to make sure that the end-of-tenancy clean is going to be successful, but if not you want to know what their guarantee is and how the process works in terms of a free re-clean. Some end-of-tenancy cleaning providers offer 24 hours, and some 48 hours at Cleaners of London we offer 72 hours and are happy to extend it to 1 week for a small extra fee.
As a rule of thumb estate agents will offer you their deep cleaning team, however, they are usually much more expensive than an actual end tenancy clean provider.
A good final question is to ask how many cleaners will arrive for the job and how experienced the cleaners are. The last thing you want is to have inexperienced cleaners providing your tenancy as that will just get you into more charges and more complications.
We hope this article helped you to understand the different end of tenancy cleaning prices and how it varies from property type. If so, let us know! Or if not, we’re always happy to help answer any questions about end-of-tenancy cleaners in London. Either way, thanks for reading our blog post on how much is an end-of-tenancy clean.