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posted by [personal profile] atreic at 05:46pm on 09/09/2013
Anyone got any recommendations / disrecommendations for cleaners in Cambridge? Looking for a big one day end-of-tenancy clean...
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posted by [identity profile] sphyg.livejournal.com at 05:04pm on 09/09/2013
I'm thinking about one too - must be the season for moving!
 
posted by [identity profile] cartesiandaemon.livejournal.com at 05:08pm on 09/09/2013
I've twice used blue hippo for end-of-tenancy cleaning (and for a regular cleaner), who were a bit vague about direct questions sometimes, but competent, knowledgeable and punctual which made me like them a lot. I don't have anything to compare them to, though, so I don't know if they're more or less competent and/or expensive than other options.

(I assume for an end-of-tenancy clean you want an agency rather than an individual, but I know some friends have individual cleaners they know personally too.)
 
posted by [identity profile] pseudomonas.livejournal.com at 05:30pm on 09/09/2013
Blue hippo said over the phone that they'd charge me £n, then got there, looked at the place, and said they wanted an extra £150 or thereabouts. We haggled and eventually I paid an extra £100 because it was that or nothing at that point.
 
posted by [identity profile] cartesiandaemon.livejournal.com at 12:02pm on 10/09/2013
I'm a bit sorry for suggesting them, although I hope it was just unpleasant, not overcosted. FWIW, I agree that was super-sucky, but I assume it was "being bad at communicating" not deliberate bait-and-switch -- if you can find someone competent AND good at communicating, that's obviously better, but I normally find I have to accept recommendations of people who have some downsides or I don't get any recommendations at all :(
 
posted by [identity profile] pseudomonas.livejournal.com at 12:14pm on 10/09/2013
It wasn't deliberate bait and switch, but they never said "this quote is provisional and we reserve the right to change it when we see the place" - I wouldn't've objected if they had.
 
posted by [identity profile] sphyg.livejournal.com at 06:56pm on 09/09/2013
JOOI, how much was EOT cleaning?
 
posted by [identity profile] cartesiandaemon.livejournal.com at 11:55am on 10/09/2013
IIRC about £300 including carpet cleaning and some mold cleaning, but I don't know if that's good or bad.
 
posted by [identity profile] sphyg.livejournal.com at 12:32pm on 16/09/2013
Erk. We're not expecting to get any deposit back, so maybe we'll just clean ourselves and let the letting agent decide if it's good enough.
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posted by [personal profile] chess at 06:51pm on 09/09/2013
I've successfully used http://www.edens-helping-hand.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx for regular cleaning for some time now; obviously I don't know what they're like at end-of-tenancy cleans but they've been very good at doing what we ask them to do and invoicing what they said they'd invoice etc etc, as well as high standards of being pleasant and polite and giving straight answers.
 
posted by [identity profile] atreic.livejournal.com at 03:42pm on 26/09/2013
I used them in the end, and they were good, reasonably priced, and very straightforward about what they could and couldn't do.
 
posted by [personal profile] rjw76 at 07:53pm on 09/09/2013
I have been screwed over by Tilly Cleaning, whose cleaning of my house was rejected by the letting agency. They then fucked me around over refunds but it wasn't enough money for me to be arsed taking them to small claims.
 
posted by [identity profile] fivemack.livejournal.com at 10:45pm on 09/09/2013
I used http://www.cambridge-cleaner.co.uk but they didn't do a job sufficient to satisfy the letting agent, and had to go round for a second time, which involved a bit of faff since I'd already returned the keys by that point. In the end it cost me £265 for a two-up two-down Victorian terrace, which had been rented by a not particularly fastidious fivemack for five years.
Edited Date: 2013-09-09 10:50 pm (UTC)
 
posted by [identity profile] samholloway.livejournal.com at 10:57am on 10/09/2013
I'd be interested to know if anyone's used the agency Bella Casa. They advertise quite heavily locally to me (Ely).

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