archie159 wrote: »
Its not normally a nightmare if you (a) get a pre-march out visit (these are actually mandatory nowadays), and (b) do exactly what is on the checklist they will give you. If you are cleaning the house yourself, allow plenty of time - it really does need to be spotless. If you are using a cleaning company, either the official one or a private one, then it is much easier. The official cleaning scheme was about twice the price (last summer) of one of the local companies to where we used to live, so hunt around. The main advantage of the official scheme is that you can walk out of the door after the packers, with no worries; you'll have to judge whether that is worth the extra costs (how far would you have to travel to return for the march out if you get a private company in to clean after you have left?). We did clean our first few quarters ourselves, but it is a lot of hassle when you have children also. If you do get a company to do it, try to find one which is used to forces quarters - our last DE office gave us a list of companies which previous people had used without problem.
Hope that helps. As I said, as long as you do what is on the checklist they give you, then we've never had any problems. Oh, its is worth getting them to look at the garden on the pre-marchout, to agree in advance what needs doing - the checklist just says "neat and tidy", but their and your definition of neat and tidy might not be the same. We had one housing officer (or whatever they are called) who tried to insist that half the flowers were weeds and needed removing - she clearly couldn't tell a rose from a nettle. But she was the only difficult one we ever really had...
BLT wrote: »
The best thing to do is to ensure that you leave no stone unturned and remember that the people inspecting are untalented with no particular skills and have taken the job because they are unsuited for skilled employment, they are in the main bitter passed over individuals who find it difficult to get a decent job and generally bear a grudge against the world which they take out on the occupants of the properties they inspect.:rotfl:
babyboono1 wrote: »
Will i have to return the garden to it's former mess when i move out? I have spent alot of time and effort into making it nice. also if i put down laminate flooring will i have to rip it out when i move?
Many thanks in advance
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