Having the carpet cleaned at the end of your tenancy is a requirement for many rental agreements. The agreement will specify professional carpet cleaning and the agent will want to see a receipt for the work carried out.
When asked to quote for end of tenancy carpet cleaning the outgoing tenant is focussed on price. Nobody wants to pay more than they have to for cleaning somebody elses carpet. They only want to pay enough to have sufficient work done to get their deposit back.
The landlord, or agent, has a different priority. They want a full bells and whistles service so that the carpet looks and smells as good as possible, improve appeal to potential tenants and extend the life of the carpet. At the cheaper end of the market a landlord may want to eke a few more years out of a carpet that is only fit for the skip.
So a typical enquiry for end of tenancy carpet cleaning starts with somebody asking for a price. I can give an estimate over the phone but want to see the job before giving a fixed price.
And then a minority will tell you that the carpet needs cleaning this afternoon or tomorrow before 10am. You can hear the desperation in their voice as you are the fourth or fifth person they’ve called.
So here are a few tips for securing the best service at a reasonable cost.
- Record any damage or stains, with photographs, when you move in and send them to the landlord or agent at that time. Then you won’t have to worry about rectifying those areas.
- Start making enquiries two or three weeks ahead of your move out date to ensure availability and get a fixed, written quote.
- Keep on top of the vacuuming. The worse the carpet the more expensive it will be.
- Make sure there is some electricity on the meter.
- You will get a receipt when you have paid. Promises of a bank transfer don’t get a receipt. Cash does.
Hopefully this gives a few pointers to conflicting interests and how a tenant can help me to help them. For end of tenancy carpet cleaning in Warwick, Leamington Spa or Kenilworth you can call me, Neil Worsnop, on 01926 492696 / 07557 944461 or email.