If you would like a smooth moving out process, you want your tenancy deposit to cover the amount that you will spend on the end of tenancy cleaning services. You are basically stuck with using cleaning services because that is the best option to get a professional job. You would rather pay an amount that will cut into your tenancy deposit rather than having the landlord raise a dispute about the cleaning job, and forcing you to clean again. He could also withhold the tenancy deposit for having a repeat job. So how can you get affordable end of tenancy cleaning prices?
Word of mouth referrals
You must know of someone who has recently moved house and did the end of tenancy cleaning. Ask them for contacts if the cleaning service that handled the job did it well. Your Facebook and Pinterest groups could also give you good referrals.
Compare price quotes
After getting several good referrals, pick 3-5 and ask them to provide price quotes. The cleaning services will be willing to provide the price quotes. The best way to the comparison of the price quotes is by looking at the whole package. Some services offer cheap prices but do the bare minimum while others will ask for a bit more but have extra services like cleaning the patio.
Face to face negotiations
Price quotes and negotiations done over the phone may not give you the best price. Visit the offices of the cleaning service for a face to face interview. You will have the added advantage of assessing the capacity of the cleaning service in terms of staff and equipment. You can also tell a lot about the professionalism of the cleaning service by their treatment of other customers and staff.
Put your negotiating skills to use and haggle hard. There is stiff competition among cleaning services and they will be willing to give you a good discount.
Offer to help
You can get a better price if you are chipping in. There are several ways you can help with the cleaning. You can handle what the cleaning service considers off-limits like dirty underwear, pet waste or hazardous waste. Do the tasks that the cleaning crew will shy away from like picking dirty inner parts, emptying the trash and flushing the toilet.
Helping out means the cleaning crew will immediately get to work instead of working on non-essentials. A happy cleaning crew is likely to do a satisfactory job.