Exams done – check! Oven cleaned? Eeek!

by Ed Firmin

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at 11:43

Checkout Guide for students

Exams are almost over, and I’m sure your thoughts are quickly turning towards the summer holidays, freedom from lectures and having your mum look after you again.

However, before you pack up your belongings, you’ve got to get the mop and bucket out, and get scrubbing. Your inventory checkout will soon be upon you, and in order to ensure you get back your full deposit, you’ll need everything spick and span, exactly how it was when you arrived.

It may seem like a mammoth task, but if you all take a room each, it’ll make it seem less daunting. Here’s some tips on how to get your house looking as good as the day you moved in.

There are some jobs which will initially make more mess, like cleaning the oven. So start with those jobs first. Other big jobs to put first on the list include cleaning out the fridge (check with your letting agent if you need to leave the freezer to defrost as well, as this will take a few hours, so don’t leave till last), cleaning the windows (yes, inside as well), shampooing the carpet and cleaning the tiles in the bathroom.

The rule of thumb is then to work from top to bottom, room by room. You’ll need a feather duster, multi-purpose cleaner, washing up liquid, furniture polish, old rags or dusters, polish, bleach, bathroom cleaner, glass polish, so put them on your shopping list if you haven’t got them. Also useful to get bits of grime and dirt out from hard to reach places like behind the taps is an old toothbrush.

One of the oldest and best cleaning tips is to use baking soda. Not only is it really cheap, it can be used for almost everything. Sprinkle it onto surfaces and then wipe with a damp cloth to help remove stains and scuff marks, and you can also mix with warm water to soak off burnt patches on pans, and generally clean surfaces. You can also use it to get rid of odours, so sprinkle into the bottom of bins, and you can also sprinkle on carpets before you vacuum them.

Other tasks you need to include are to dust the ceilings removing any cobwebs, polish wooden floors, clean the toilet, sink and bath, including the taps, polish all tables and other furniture such as wardrobe and desk, dust everything including lampshades, and vacuum everywhere.

Don’t forget the outside. If you have a garden with your property, then you are responsible for mowing the lawn, keeping it all weed-free, and under control.

Finally, get out your original check-in inventory and photos to compare, the two must be identical to ensure you get the full amount returned to you.

And when you’ve done all that, sit back and have a cup of tea, you’ve earned it!

If you’d like me to talk you through what is needed to ensure that your property is ready for your checkout, then please get in contact, it’s better to ask the questions beforehand than afterwards!

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