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11 End of Tenancy Cleaning Tips to Ensure You Don’t Lose your Deposit

11 End of Tenancy Cleaning Tips to Ensure You Don’t Lose your Deposit

Before taking on your ‘End of Tenancy’ cleaning, you must know it’s to your advantage if it’s done thoroughly clean and meeting all the requirements as stipulated in your tenancy agreement. If this is done otherwise, winning back your tenancy deposit will be the most difficult thing there ever could be.

Ensure that any damage caused by you or incurred during your tenancy period is replaced. If this is left for your landlord to do and send you a bill, there are chances that the cost will be higher than you ever would expect. Give yourself enough time to do your end of tenancy cleaning before the deal time so as to ensure perfect cleaning and inspection of this property to your advantage.

Do the end of tenancy cleaning yourself

How you chose to do your end of tenancy cleaning is your decision to make. not the property owner’s. The property owner can’t force you to hire any particular ‘end of tenancy’ cleaning company to do the cleaning. The cheapest option is to do the end of tenancy cleaning yourself. This is a great way to save some moving-out expenses.

Before starting your cleaning, ensure to contact the Property Owner or the Letting Agent and ask for the final inspection checklist. To be sure you’ve done enough cleaning; your work should be based on your checklist and the check-in records.

If you must pass the final inspection, you have to clean the following items at minimum by taking these steps:

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1. Visit the Kitchen

Remove everything from the cupboards and shelves. Remove all the crumbs and deposits, clean both inside and outside and wipe thoroughly clean with a dry cloth. Pull out all appliances and wash beneath and behind walls.

Ensure the appliances are thoroughly clean, both the washing machine and the dishwasher filter and the soap tray. Clean the refrigerator and leave the doors open to prevent mould while the switch is off from the main. Remove all fridge trays, racks and cabinets, make sure they are kept in the best-cleaned shape possible and this also should be repeated for similar appliances having same features.

2. The Hob and the Oven

If the oven is not cleaned always, it builds up thick deposits of grimes, household dust, grease and burnt food deposits. Nothing can be as worse as cleaning someone else oven while moving into a new apartment. This is the most difficult of the cleaning jobs that requires a lot of energy, time and harsh cleaning agents. As hard and tiring this may be, make sure it’s done to its perfect state. It is interesting to note that the oven is the first item usually checked during the inspection process.

Also, ensure the Hob is not left out. The racks, burners, baking trays, switches, handles and all other surfaces should be kept clean. Don’t start cleaning the oven at all if you are not ready to put in the extra effort to get it to the perfect state. It might end up being worse.

3. The Living Room

The major work to do in the living room is extensive dusting and vacuuming to perfection. Empty all the shelves and clean the cabinets, bookshelves, coffee table and all cupboards and TV set.

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As the living room often features full bookshelves and extensive decorations, there are many awkward surfaces and items to clean. Therefore, as easy as it seems, it’s often very time-consuming.

4. Visit the Bathroom

Wipe everything in the bathroom incorporating the sink, bath, toilet, tiles, mirror and all other accessories. Check the plug holes and drains to ensure they are clear from blockages and allow easy water run-off.

Check all metallic surfaces like the faucets, shower and drain grates and make sure to remove mould, limescale and soap scum buildup. Check if the shower head has some of its holes plugged. If it’s sure the holes are plugged, you have to make sure is cleaned and it’s running properly.

5. The Windows

If you can’t reach the windows outside, make sure to clean them well from inside and call a window cleaner to help with cleaning the outside. For cleaning glass and windows, vinegar and alcohol remain the best two products to use.

Fix all cracked panes unless they appear otherwise in the check-in records. You must know that windows make the first impression on the property general hygiene and if you can make them as clean as possible, the property owner may not pay more attention to other spots.

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6. The Walls

Check for scuffs marks on the walls. Wash them off if possible but if not, paint them over with an emulsion of the same colour. If the marks are too many, it’s very important to do this, else the property owner may take the decision to repaint the walls and charge you over for the decoration.

If the marks are too many, it’s very important to do this, else the property owner may take the decision to repaint the walls and charge you over for the decoration.

7. The Furniture

If you live with small children, pets or smoke cigarettes, you should vacuum your furniture and wash it using the dry wash solution. The stuffing must look unspoiled; no hair, bad odour or smells.

For the wooden upholstery, you need to look for scuff marks, scratches and dings. Rub the scuff marks and scratches with coffee grounds and almonds. If these marks or scratches are minor, these will mask the damage off.

8. The Curtains

Wash the curtains if they are washable following the washing instructions. If this is too much for you, a call to the dry cleaner should be the best. Just dust the curtains rods and all fabric blinds in the property. Dusts both sides of the venetian blind slates and repair or replace the blinds if they aren’t anymore presentable.

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9. The Carpets or Rugs

If you need the carpets or rugs to look more like new ones, the best way to get this perfectly done is using a steam cleaner.

If this is not at your disposal, it doesn’t cost much to hire one. Vacuum all carpets and wipe hard with a wire brush to remove all the hair or dirt captured in the fibres.

10. The Staircases and Hallways

These are areas that face a lot of traffic and would need more serious cleaning. These areas draw a lot of attention.

11. The Garden and the Exterior

The garden shed may need cleaning and tidying up. Sweep up leaves and dirt from courtyard areas. Keep the flower bed in good order where applicable and mow the lawns.

Meeting these cleaning demands and using the check-in records as a guide will guarantee your safe deposit return and save you from a lot of issues that usually arises with the end of tenancy cleaning.

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What Makes a Good Leader: 9 Critical Leadership Qualities

What Makes a Good Leader: 9 Critical Leadership Qualities

The word “leader” makes you think of people in charge, high-ranking people: your boss, politicians, presidents, CEOs…

But leadership really isn’t about a particular position or a person’s seniority. Just because someone has worked for many years doesn’t mean s/he has gained the qualities and skills to lead a team.

Getting promoted to a managerial position doesn’t automatically turn you into a leader either. CEOs and other high-ranking officials don’t always have great leadership skills.

So what makes a good leader? What are the characteristics of a leader?

Good leadership is about acquiring and honing specific skills. Leadership skills enable you to be a role model for a team in any environment. With great leadership qualities, successful leaders come in all shapes and sizes: in the home, at school, or in the workplace.

The following are some of the many characteristics great leaders exhibit.

1. A Positive Attitude

Great leaders know that they won’t have a happy and motivated team unless they themselves exhibit a positive attitude. This can be done by remaining positive when things go wrong and by creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere in the workplace.

Even some simple things like providing snacks or organizing a team Happy Hour can make a world of difference. An added perk is that team members are likely to work harder and do overtime when needed if they’re happy and appreciated.

Even in the worst situations, such as experiencing low team morale or team members having made a big mistake at work, a great leader stays positive and figures out ways to keep the team motivated to solve the problems.

Walt Disney had his share of hardships and challenges, and like any great leader, he managed to stay positive and find new opportunities. In 1928, Disney found that his film producer, Charles Mintz, wanted to reduce his payments for the Oswald series. Mintz threatened to cut ties entirely if Disney didn’t accept his terms, and Disney chose to part ways. But in leaving Oswald, Disney decided to create something new: the iconic Mickey Mouse[1].

The key is to break down huge challenges into smaller ones and find ways to tackle them one by one.

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Think about the lessons you can learn from the mistake and jot them down because sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn.

2. Confidence

All great leaders have to exhibit an air of confidence if they’re going to succeed. Please don’t confuse this with self-satisfaction and arrogance. You want people to look up to you for inspiration, not so they can punch you in the face.

Confidence is important because people will be looking to you on how to behave, particularly if things aren’t going 100% right. If you remain calm and poised, team members are far more likely to as well. As a result, morale and productivity will remain high, and the problem will be solved more quickly.

If you panic and give up, they will know immediately and things will simply go downhill from there.

Elon Musk is a great example of a leader with confidence. He truly believes that Tesla will be successful, which he has shown many times through his actions. He converted 532,000 stock options at $6.63 each, their value on Dec. 4, 2009, before Tesla went public. It was a hefty bargain considering Tesla’s stock price stood at around $195 per share at that time. He doesn’t apologize for his beliefs and has drawn fire from just about everyone for his political actions.

You can’t instantly become a very confident person, but all the small things you do every day will gradually make you more confident:

  • List 5 things you like about yourself every day (something different every day), and you’ll appreciate yourself more.
  • Work on your strengths and do your best to enhance them.

3. A Sense of Humor

It’s imperative for any kind of leader to have a sense of humor, particularly when things go wrong. And they will.

Your team members are going to be looking to you for how to react in a seemingly dire situation. It would probably be best if you weren’t stringing up a noose for yourself in the corner. You need to be able to laugh things off because if staff morale goes down, so will productivity.

Establish this environment prior to any kind of meltdown by encouraging humor and personal discussions in the workplace.

As a president, Barack Obama exuded confidence and calm during stressful situations. But he was also known for his “dad jokes,”[2] his genuinely funny speeches at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and appearing on Zack Galifianakis’s Between Two Ferns.[3] Obama’s sense of humor made him grounded, realistic, and honest, which no doubt helped during some tense moments in the White House!

Learn to laugh at yourself. Confident people laugh about their own silly mistakes, and when you do this, others will also trust you more because you’re willing to share your experiences.

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Be observant and learn from the jokes others make. You can also get a lot of inspiration from the internet.

4. Ability to Embrace Failure

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, failures will happen; that’s okay. You just need to know how to deal with them.

Great leaders take them in strides. They remain calm and logically think through the situation and utilize their resources. What they don’t do is fall apart and reveal to their team how worried they are, which leads to negative morale, fear, and binge-drinking under desks.

Great leaders do, in fact, lead, even when they’re faced with setbacks.

Henry Ford experienced a major setback after designing and improving the Ford Quadricycle. He founded the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899, but the resulting cars they produced did not live up to his standards and were too expensive. The company dissolved in 1901. Ford took this in stride and formed the Henry Ford Company. The sales were slow and the company had financial problems; it wasn’t until 1903 that the Ford Motor Company was successful and put the Ford on the map.

Get to the root cause of any problem so you can prevent it from happening again and learn from the mistake.

By asking “why” 5 times (or more) on why something happened, you can find out the key factor that caused the problem and can find the best solution to tackle the problem.

You’ll also learn how to prevent this from happening again in the future after finding out a problem’s root cause.

5. Careful Listening and Feedback

This is far more complex than it actually sounds. Good communication skills are essential for a great leader. You may very well understand the cave of crazy that is your brain, but that doesn’t mean that you can adequately take the ideas out of it and explain them to someone else.

The best leaders need to be able to communicate clearly with the people around them. They also need to be able to interpret other people properly and not take what they say personally.

The Dalai Lama, as a symbol of the unification of the state of Tibet, represents and practices Buddhist values. The Dalai Lama’s leadership is benevolent and aims toward truth and understanding, alongside the other Buddhist precepts. This is a great example for all leaders: if you want to give good directions to others, you have to get feedback from others to understand the situation properly.

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Encourage communication between team members and establish an open door policy.

Practice not interrupting team members when they’re talking. Instead, summarize what they say and ask for feedback after you have talked about your ideas.

6. Knowing How and When to Delegate

No matter how much you might want to, you can’t actually do everything yourself. Even if you could, in a team environment that would be a terrible idea anyway.

Good leaders recognize that delegation does more than simply alleviate their own stress levels (although that’s obviously a nice perk). Delegating to others shows that you have confidence in their abilities, which subsequently results in higher morale in the workplace, as well as loyalty from your staff. They want to feel appreciated and trusted.

Although Steve Jobs was known for focusing in on the smallest of details, he knew how to delegate. By finding, cultivating, and trusting capable team members, Jobs was able to make Apple run smoothly, even when he had to be absent for extended periods of time.

To know when and how to delegate work to team members, you have to be very familiar with each of them:

  • List out all of their strengths, weaknesses, and personalities.
  • Talk with your team members more to know about their passion and interests.

Take a look at this guide and learn more about delegation: How to Delegate Work Effectively (The Definitive Guide for Leaders)

7. Growth Mindset

Any good leader knows how important it is to develop the skills of those around them. The best can recognize those skills early on. Not only will development make work easier as they improve and grow, it will also foster morale. In addition, they may develop some skills that you don’t possess that will be beneficial to the workplace.

Great leaders share their knowledge with the team and give them the opportunity to achieve. This is how leaders gain their respect and loyalty.

Pope Francis has been unusually popular with many Catholics and many non-Catholics. His position isn’t totally traditional, which is part of his appeal, but he also has admirable leadership skills. Pope Francis’s TED talk[4] drew attention because he encouraged leaders to be humble and to demonstrate solidarity with others. This inclusive, kind, and respectful style of leadership is incredibly important for any situation.

It’s important to spend time talking with other team members individually to understand them.

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Find out team members’ current challenges and try to give feedback and encouragement so they will grow and do better.

8. Responsibility

Great leaders know that when it comes to their company, work place or whatever situation they’re in, they need to take personal responsibility for failure. How can they expect employees to hold themselves accountable if they themselves don’t?

The best leaders don’t make excuses; they take the blame and then work out how to fix the problem as soon as possible. This proves that they’re trustworthy and possess integrity.

Howard Gillman is the chancellor of UC Irvine. You might have heard of how the university rescinded a bunch of acceptances, and then changed its mind[5], This past spring, an unusually high number of accepted students decided to matriculate; the school initially responded by rescinding offers over things like missed deadlines. But the college realized this was a mistake and reversed its decision. Gillman and the university accepted responsibility and decided to move past their earlier bad decision.

Always ask yourself what you can do better or what you should change. Take responsibility and think about what you can do better to prevent this from happening next time.

9. A Desire to Learn

It’s safe to say that all great leaders will have to enter unchartered waters at some point during their career. Because of this, they have to be able to trust their intuition and draw on past experiences to guide them.

Great leaders know that there’s always something to learn from everything they have experienced before. They are able to connect the present challenges with the lessons learned in the past to make decisions and take actions promptly.

You can either recall what you’ve learned from your memories or search your notes (ideally, a software that you can access anywhere with things well-organized).

Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world, has mostly made the right calls. But in dealing with huge amounts of money, Buffett has also made several multi-million (and sometimes multi-billion) dollar mistakes. He has stated that buying the company Berkshire Hathaway was his biggest mistake[6]. From that poor choice, he realized that it was unwise to pursue “improvements” and “expansions” in the existing textile industry. Despite mistakes like this, Buffett has invested wisely, and it shows.

To effectively learn from the past, write down lessons you’ve learned from any mistakes you’ve made. Have all the lessons well organized, and when similar things happen again in future, take these lessons as references.

The Bottom Line

Leadership traits are learnable. If you practice consistently, you can be a great leader, too.

Make small changes to your habits when you work with your team, wherever that may be. Most of us aren’t presidents or CEOs, but we all work with other people, and our actions always impact others. This gives every person the chance to develop leadership skills and to stand out from the crowd.

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