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So, you’ve come to the end of your tenancy.

You’ve got a lot to organise. Packing. Moving. Changing address. In all the commotion it might be easy to forget about your deposit, or treat it as an afterthought.

Take our advice – be prepared. Some landlords or letting agencies have high standards when it comes to paying back your deposit. They will dock money for small repairs or cleaning.

If you follow these 8 tips, you can more or less bank on most, or all, of your deposit being returned to you.

1. Deep-clean after you’ve moved out
Don’t be tempted to do a big clean up with all your stuff still in place. Even if you have everything packed away, if you’re trying to clean around boxes you’ll miss marks and stains that need to be sorted out.

If possible, arrange to hand over the keys a day or two after you’ve moved into your new place, allowing you time to get in and scrub everything.

2. Use natural products where possible
Natural products are good for a number of reasons. Firstly, they are better for the environment, that kind of goes without saying. They also don’t leave any off-putting chemical smell which can create a bad first impression as people walk in.

Try using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda as good, natural cleaning solutions.

3. Clean grimy appliances and fittings
Use soap and water or bicarb and water to clean the cooker, fridge and dishwasher. These are likely to be the dirtiest areas of the property and will require the most work to get them pristine.

Take any removable parts out of the cooker and soak them in soapy water, then scrub the rest, finally rinsing off with warm water. If any areas are thick with grease, apply some vinegar (put it in a spray bottle for ease of use) then leave it for half an hour. When you come back, the grease should wipe away easily.

4. Scour tiles and bathroom fixtures
The bathroom is normally the second muckiest place in a property, so make sure you give it special attention. Clean away any mildew on the tiles using a mould removing product or mixture of bicarb, vinegar and warm water.

A good tip for cleaning mirrors is to wipe with soapy water, then use a squeegee or microfibre cloth to remove any streaks.

5. Polyfilla any holes or marks on walls & touch up paintwork
Sometimes to do a thorough clean you have to do a bit of DIY. Fill in any deep holes left on the walls, wait for it dry, sand it down level and then paint over it. If there isn’t any spare paint at the property, get a colour chart from your local hardware store to find a match.

6. Dust and vacuum window coverings and light shades
After you’ve vacuumed the carpets, don’t forget to check out the curtains, pelmets, lamp shades or any other soft furnishings. Most of these can be cleaned by running the vacuum cleaner over them quickly. If the dust is very thick, a slightly damp microfibre cloth will do the trick.

7. Dispose of junk and rubbish
Some landlords or letting agents will charge you to get rid of bags of rubbish or any bric a brac you leave at the property. A bit of time spent collecting rubbish, bagging it up and taking it to the local tip can save you a lot of money.

8. Get the professionals in
Let’s face it, cleaning up your property after moving out is an extra hassle you can do without. The good news is, there are companies that will do the job for you.

Unique end of tenancy cleaning guarantees a pristine end of tenancy deep-clean. With experienced, skilled staff using all-natural cleaning products, Unique will make sure you have the best possible chance of getting your full deposit back.