Month: March 2022

Beating Stress During End Of Tenancy Cleaning in London

Moving house is a stressful time

There’s no way around that. It’s listed as the seventh most stressful event in life (behind things like death in the family, divorce, job changes and finances). To make matters worse, you may have to move house because of one of these more stressful factors.

Honestly, anything you can do to take the pressure off during the hassle and upheaval of moving house can help you get through it and cut the stress. Seriously, this is why professional cleaning companies offering end of tenancy cleaning services exist. In fact, many London based maid service companies can help you pass the inventory check with flying colours. Sure, they are all trained in cleaning and have an official checklist that agencies approve and use, but there’s more to it than that. We’re here to make your life easier and less stressful. So don’t feel like you’ve failed or if you’re not good enough just because you can’t cope with the pressure of doing all the moving out cleaning yourself and because you really, really want to get your deposit money back. Quite the opposite. You’re doing the smart thing, especially if your move has been triggered by something more stressful.

All the same, there are some other things that you can do to help ease the stress and pressure during this busy time – whether you decide that you need to do your own cleaning or whether you call in the professional end of tenancy cleaning company. Here are some of our best suggestions.

Treat Yourself

It’s a lot easier to force yourself to do a task that’s annoying or stressful if you can focus on a reward that’s coming at the far end of it (this is why lots of people do dirty jobs – the thought of the paycheque at the end of the job provides the motivation). You can reward yourself for getting through the task by promising yourself a treat. What this treat will be is up to you, but we recommend that during this time, you don’t make it an item that you’re just going to have to pack… unless you shop for it online and you get it sent to your new address by standard (i.e. slower) post.

Gentle Exercise

When your head is buzzing with a million and one things to do, and you feel overwhelmed, then doing some gentle exercise can help ease it out and give that adrenaline buzzing around in your bloodstream something to do. A good walk around the block or in the park can do the trick nicely, and it’s free!

If you’re pressed for time, then you can get exercise by doing one of the physical tasks involved in moving house, whether it’s stacking all the packed boxes of crockery by the door ready to be loaded or whether it’s vacuuming an empty rooHaving A Checklist

Having a checklist is a must if you are doing your own moving out cleaning anyway because it helps you ensure that all the tasks have been taken care of with no double-ups and nothing overlooked. However, having a checklist with all the tasks broken down individually makes a big job seem more manageable. Plus, you get the satisfaction of crossing the jobs off or ticking them off and seeing that list get smaller and smaller –and the feeling of achievement helps reduce stress.

Cleaning Something Really Dirty (But Easy To Clean)

This sounds counter-intuitive but bears with me. During stressful times, it’s the feeling of powerlessness and being out of control that is one of the worst things. However, if you can find a job that needs to be done and do it, with visible results that stay done, then this gives you something tangible that you can hang onto. The fact that it’s something that needs to be done also helps. Plus, doing a mindless task with visible results has a soothing effect. Don’t choose something really tough to do, like cleaning the oven (no shame to you if you leave this one to the professional cleaners – in fact, we often get people calling us in just to do the oven cleaning). Choose something comparatively easy but where you can see a difference after you’ve done it, like dusting skirting boards or scrubbing the grout in the bathroom tiles.

Lift Your Mood With Music

Music seems to hotwire our emotions, so make the most of this fact when you’re packing, moving furniture and cleaning in all those odd places you need to tackle when moving out. Choose something upbeat with a quick beat and cheerful lyrics for a natural mood boost (my pick: Happy by Pharrell Williams might be cheesy, but it is almost sure to pick you up).

Although playing sad and angry songs can help you vent in the short term if you have to move for one of the really stressful reasons like death in the family, divorce or losing a job, it’s probably not good to stay there. Listen to those heartbreak songs or those angry ones while you scrub the heck out of the bathtub and channel some of the emotion into action, but don’t stay there permanently. Give yourself some hope and positivity.

Get Yourself Some Nice Cleaning Tools

One of the reasons professional end of tenancy cleaners can do such a good job is that they have top-quality tools. OK, you might not be able to replace your dusters and mops and the like as a business expense the way they can, but you can ensure that you do the job effectively by using tools in good condition that work effectively. OK, don’t run out and buy yourself a new vacuum cleaner (unless you really need a new one), but a new scrubbing brush and a brand new microfibre cleaning cloth in a colour you like aren’t going to break the bank.

When you choose or buy the products to use during moving out cleaning, then make sure you get something that smells nice. If you like natural homemade cleaning products like vinegar, baking soda and the like, then splash out and get a bit of essential oil to add into the mix. Lavender isn’t that expensive an oil, and it smells lovely. It’s antibacterial and thought to have a calming and soothing effect – what more could you want?

Give Yourself Some Time

Don’t put the job of packing and cleaning off until the last minute. This just puts extra pressure on yourself. If you start the job of packing weeks before the big day and some of the cleaning jobs a week before moving day, then you’ll save yourself a world of hassle. Sure, there are some cleaning jobs that you won’t be able to do until the room in question is empty (vacuuming, for example) or you aren’t going to use whatever it is again (cleaning the loo). Still, you can, for example, get the dust off the ceiling fan, clean the inside and outside of wardrobes and cupboards you’ve just cleared (well done, you!) and clean windows that your children or the cat won’t put grubby fingers all over.

Send Small Children To Grandma’s

Moving house is tough on small children – after all, the only world they’ve known is coming to pieces around them. Because meltdowns are likely, and they may need more attention right when you’re busy, it can be wise to get the children out of the way. A trip to Grandma’s place while the old house is in chaos with strange burly guys from the moving company are taking away their bedroom furniture helps a lot – if Grandma offers to help you during your move, this is what you can ask her to do. Older children, however, can help with the job, as the physical nature of moving can help them process the changes.

Categories: Cleaning

Tips To Make Moving Out Cleans Easier

Moving house is a hassle – there’s no denying that one. There’s not just the hassle of packing everything up into boxes (and getting them out again at the other end and trying to find new homes for them) and the problem of finding new shops in the neighbourhood, new schools, new gyms, etc. There’s also the problem of tidying your old place up, either to keep the landlord happy or to make it more likely that the old place will sell more quickly.

Cleaning is Very Important

Things get worse if the place you’re moving into hasn’t been adequately cleaned. Then you to clean at both ends. Don’t believe that this doesn’t ever happen because it’s happened to me about three times in the past 20 or so years. It usually happens, in my opinion, if you’re moving into a house that belongs (or belonged) to a relative, who will be a bit less fussy about cleaning before you move in “because you’re family”. It also happened when we bought a lovely little cottage that was being sold as an estate sale, and all the relatives lived out of town and just wanted it sold ASAP and hadn’t bothered cleaning up after taking out the furniture.

The good news is that you can make this arduous task (the moving out cleaning or the moving in cleaning or both) a bit easier. Don your rubber gloves, grab your buckets, rags and mops, and let’s get started.

Pack First

Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can clean the drawers or cupboards as you empty them and pack the contents. This might seem logical, but it ends up being relatively inefficient. Consider packing and cleaning as separate tasks. It’s easier to do the cleaning in one big hit than lots of minor hits.

Don’t pack your cleaning gear, as you’re going to need it. If you’ve got a team of friends and relatives helping you with the packing, moving and cleaning, then don’t pack the kettle – it’s nice to make sure that everyone can get a refreshing cuppa.

Work Top To Bottom

Any professional cleaner will tell you that if you need to deep clean a whole room, it’s best to start at the bottom and work your way down rather than the other way around (or, in my experience, separating tasks into wet and dry tasks). The laws of gravity still apply, even if you feel that everything else in your life is in chaos and nothing is normal. This means that dirt dislodged from high places (e.g. ceiling fans) will fall onto lower things, and you don’t want to have to clean something twice.

Get Rid Of Grumpy Kids

It would be nice to be able to draw a line by age when it comes to which of your offspring will be helpful and which are going to be stubborn, sulky nuisances, but you can’t really. Sometimes, five-year-olds are super-excited about moving to the new house and love having the cheerful chaos of the fun uncles giving them rides on the furniture moving trolley. They can be handed a vacuum cleaner or a duster and set to cleaning skirting boards easily enough. However, some younger children will dissolve into tears and throw tantrums because moving house and having everything familiar vanish does feel like the end of the world.

On the other hand, you can have teenagers who are upset about having to move schools and leave their friends who will stubbornly refuse to help, possibly in the half-hearted hope that if moving is too hard for you, you’ll give up and won’t do it (slight chance of that when you’re moving from a rental to your property!). You can also get enthusiastic teenagers who are happy about the move who will pitch in and do an entire adult’s job.

Get rid of the grumpy nuisances one way or another. They will frazzle your nerves and slow you down dramatically. OK, small children who are enthusiastic and happy will slow you down, but their enthusiasm is contagious. Ask an auntie or grandma to take younger grumps out to the movies, the park, or something else that they’ll enjoy to get out of your hair. In the case of teenagers and pre-teens, who are more open to reason, try bribery and offer to pay them for doing some cleaning work. Yes, this is annoying, as it’s their mess as much as yours, but it does get the job done.

Have A Checklist

It can be mortifying if the landlord sends you a photo of the bathroom drawers that still had old hairs in them because you thought you’d cleaned it, but you hadn’t (not that this has ever happened to me or anything like that…). The best way to ensure that everything gets cleaned and nothing gets overlooked, or that nobody wastes time by cleaning something that has already been cleaned, is to use a checklist of all the places in the house that need that bit of last-minute cleaning. This doesn’t have to be fancy. The back of an old envelope will do, although I prefer using a whiteboard or chalkboard listing the tasks and areas, especially if the relatives help with the move. All the professionals use checklists.

Check What’s Expected

In the case of moving out of a rental property, there may be things that you don’t have to clean to keep the landlord happy. For example, you might not have to wash the exterior windows or trim the garden hedges. Have a wee look at the fine print on your rental contract to see what you do and don’t need to do, and keep this in mind when you create your checklist (see above). You could also talk to your landlord about what they are planning. For example, if they hope to redecorate, you may not need to be quite so fussy about removing all the scuff marks from the walls.

If moving out of a property you own and a real estate agent is involved, talk to your real estate agent about what they recommend. Adjust your to-do list accordingly. There’s no need to clean something you don’t have to unless you want to and feel like it (and have the time to do it).

Enlist Help

Bribe, wheedle or bully as many friends as possible to help you with the job. Some of them will be volunteering anyway. Accept all offers of help that are going, even if it’s just the offer of a van and a trailer to help you shift gear from A to B or a babysitter for the day.

If you get friends and relatives helping, keep them well-fed as a way of saying thank you. This is why you don’t pack the kettle. It can be nice to have a decent cake or similar on hand for morning tea breaks in the middle of the process. Treat the helpers to pizza or fish and chips or the reasonably takeaway of your choice afterwards.

Hire A Professional!

The best way to take care of all the hard work and get the lot off your shoulders is to hire a professional end of tenancy cleaning company. They aren’t working under stress, although they’re usually pretty good at meeting deadlines. They also don’t have the emotional attachment to the old house (or what’s in it) that you do, so they won’t get all sniffly about discovering a forgotten and outgrown baby shoe at the back of the wardrobe. You can just pack up, get out and leave the professionals to do it all.

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