In the domestic and commercial cleaning industry, many customers confuse regular house or office cleaning with an end of lease cleaning job.
In reality, end of tenancy cleaning is quite involved and intense, and many more tasks are completed than during regular cleaning. One significant difference is that the former places emphasis on maintenance, whereas the latter focuses on in-depth and compartmentalised cleaning of all spaces within the property.
To understand this service better, consider the following differences:
Professional cleaning companies have and use modern and sophisticated equipment during end of lease cleaning that will not make an appearance in a regular cleaning job.
- Heavy-duty vacuums
- Carpet cleaners
- Floor sanders
- Polishers and burnishers
- Scrubbers and dryers
- Dual hose reels
These powerful tools, far removed from everyday mops, vacuums, dusters, and brooms, provide premium quality cleaning for neglected areas, ensuring that every surface is free of accumulated dirt and grime.
Thus, regular cleaning is not as deep and comprehensive as an end of lease job.
Before you occupy a property, you probably will have seen a compliance checklist to confirm the condition of the property. When the lease comes to an end, this checklist provides us with a clear set of guidelines to ensure that we clean every part of the property, and return it in a fit condition.
Key areas to clean include the walls, windows, floors, switches, doorknobs, floors, mirrors, and fans in:
- Living Rooms
- Hallways, corridors, and balconies
Included in this checklist is the cleaning of ovens, upholstery, appliances, and carpets. Cleaning these additional items may incur extra charges.
When you lease any property long-term, you will have to deep clean it before returning it to the landlord. Deep cleaning gets rid of any accumulated dirt and grime and allows the landlord to lease it out to future tenants without problems.
As such, it is not performed as frequently and hence, needs to be more thorough. You may find yourself deep cleaning months or even years after renting a property, only to give it back to the landlord to get your deposit back.
Because the end of lease cleaning is so thorough, it naturally costs more. Most companies in New Zealand will charge you approximately NZ$40 per hour or NZ$200 per package. Costs vary according to:
- The complexity of the job
- Property size
- Equipment used
- Length of the job
Compared to regular house cleaning, end of lease cleaning is more involved, and naturally needs more time to complete.
Other factors that influence the length of the job include the:
- Property size
- Property condition
- Number of staff deployed
On average, a typical job takes 4 – 8 hours but could take more than one working day, depending on the size and condition of the property.