Are you worried about staying in a house share for the concern about the safety of your stuff? Indeed, house share theft cases are usually reported because shared houses are easy pickings. People are constantly coming in and going out, and it may feel awkward asking people to identify themselves as it may irritate their hosts. But it is possible to be in a house share London rental and keep your stuff perfectly safe. Use these tips to give your stuff a higher guarantee of staying safe.

Lock up

The landlord should have good locks on all doors of the house. In a shared house, every sharing tenant’s door should have a lock. Ensure to lock up every time you are going out of the house. You can also invest in a simple anti-pick gadget to keep the lock more secure. The house mates should agree on an arrangement where the last person in ensures all doors are well locked.

Keep valuables hidden away

People are in a house share for the main reason that cash is tight. Leaving your £300 laptop placed carelessly is tempting to someone who is not sure where the next rent will from.  Securing your valuables is common sense in a house where there are people of different moralities. Use blinds to keep your room hidden and store your stuff in lockable cabinets.

Mark your stuff

Your stuff may not be pilfered, but it all the same irritating when you want to use it only to find someone else has laid claim to it. This is common with utensils, pillows and other common comfort stuff. Marking your stuff will alert your house mates that is your territory. Ask them to request to use or replace if they use when you are not around.

Marking your stuff also makes it easier to trace when it is lost. You can engrave your name, phone number and address on it.

Bland stuff

It makes little sense to have a £550 iPhone when living in a house share London. You are with people who would consider that kind of stuff showy. Be bland and blend in.  Ordinary gear and fashion will lower your profile to avoid unfair targeting.

Make visitor rules

Limiting the traffic in and out of the house eliminates outside threats by a huge percentage. All the house mates should agree to a visitor policy where any house mate can challenge a guest to identify him/herself.

A house share London is perfectly safe for you if you observe a few basic safety tips and become your brother’s keeper.

If you are moving a standard kitchen, man and van London services are ideal. This kind of moving service is ideal whether you are moving to a new house in the neighbourhood or across town. It is good to note that the van comes with an extra pair of hands making your packing, loading and unloading easier. Here are some tips to help you pack kitchen items for a smoother move.

Sort out near-expired stuff

You do not need to carry with you that pile of baked beans that is 3 weeks to expiry. They will only eat into your space, which translates into higher costs. Sort out through the foodstuff and pick out those that are near expiry date for cooking or giving away.

Do not carry meat with you even if it is frozen. It will start to thaw once it is out of the freezer and may attract harmful bacteria before you refreeze again. Start cooking these meats early enough if you don’t want to give away.

Assess the space at your new kitchen

Are you moving to a larger kitchen or a smaller size? If it is a smaller sized kitchen, you will need to plan more carefully including doing away with bulky packing. In this case, there is no point in carrying any foodstuff but just the appliances and utensils. You can plan on foodstuff storage after settling in.

No glass bottles

Your milk and olive oil bottles should be left behind. Packing fragile glass items is a hassle you can do without. Toss them into the recycling bin.

Pick appropriate sized boxes

You want packing that is compact enough to lift as the van will typically come with only the driver. Use small to medium sized boxes to keep them within lifting weight.

Secure fragile items

If you really need to carry items like sugar or flour for immediate use at the new house, make sure you secure these items in a spill-proof container or a ziplock bag. Make sure to cover the saltshaker too to prevent any spills.

Label the packing boxes

Fragile appliances like the microwave should be clearly labelled ‘FRAGILE.’  Ensure to label other boxes so that it becomes easier to know where the glasses are, if you need a quick drink, and also for easier unpacking.

Man and van London services are ideal for moving a standard kitchen as the service person is versatile and experienced enough to give you sensible advice on moving kitchen items.

Do you feel like cleaning your house has become one of Hercules’ labours? Indeed, if your house has several kids or more than 4 adults, there will always be cleaning chores to be performed. Doing the laundry, cleaning the bathroom and keeping the kitchen clean and tidy take more time. But there are some few tips that can help lessen the cleaning burden.

Keep away dirt from the house

Much of the dirt on the carpet and floors in the house comes from outside. Halt this dirt at the door before it spreads inside the house. You can do this by having a No-shoes-in-the-house policy. Enforce this by having a wide space at the entrance where people can leave their shoes. You can give a loud hint by having crocs or flip-flops at the door. A visible sign will make this loudly clear.

Soak up the dust

If you live near a busy highway, you will always be battling dust especially in the summer.  Deploy reusable electrostatic cloths which are very good at attracting dust. Attach them to a mop and use to dust hard to reach surfaces including the ceiling. Ensure to dust the floor before using a wet mop.

Tidy bedrooms

Always insist that everyone makes their bed before going out of the house. This way, dirty bed linens can easily be spotted and replaced. It is also a good way of instilling personal care in kids.


Keep a rule that whoever uses utensils and other kitchen appliances before mealtime should leave the place as it was. This means cleaning up glasses and plates used in-between meals. This translates to a tidy kitchen and less workload after meals.

Clean the bathroom

Lime scale and soap scum accumulates on the walls as people take showers and leave without cleaning off the walls. Encourage members of the family to splash water on the shower walls after they are through. This removes soap suds off the walls and prevents them hardening into soap scum. It also means less scrubbing. Flushing the toilet should be mandatory. Insist on people using a bucket if the flushing is not working.

Learn to soak

Soaking textiles makes it easier to launder them. Soak utensils in a sink with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar and you will be surprised at how easy the grease comes off.

Insist on personal tidiness

Insist on couch pillows being re-arranged after getting off the couch, replacing magazines on shelves and other small personal habits that keep the house clean and tidy.

When running a small business with a small workforce, you do not have the resources to keep full-time cleaning employees. The fact remains that you will need to keep your premises clean and tidy for the customers. The best alternative is a professional cleaning service. You can avoid the hassle of managing a full time cleaning staff. There are several benefits of hiring Citi Clean professional cleaning services.

Save on time

Time is money when you are running a small business. You have to put more time into customer service. You simply have no time for proper cleaning. Leaving the cleaning to a professional cleaning service will free your time to focus on other stuff. And remember that end of tenancy cleaning requires a lot of time and effort.

No cleaning supplies

If you are taking on the responsibilities of doing end of tenancy cleaning, you will have to procure cleaning material and equipment like mops, vacuum cleaners, detergents and so on. The cleaning materials have to be replenished from time to time. A professional end of tenancy cleaning service takes away the hassle of buying cleaning equipment and servicing it.

Saving on costs

Having in-house cleaning staff means payroll processing and the attendant costs that come with it like pension funds and social security contributions. These costs take away much-needed money from your business’ core objectives. With a professional cleaning service, you save on these costs with and put money into expanding your stock.

Wider range of services

A professional cleaning service will offer more services than what an in-house cleaning crew can do. Cleaning off stuck dirt, oil and ink spills, and other stubborn stains require special cleaning materials and equipment. A professional cleaning service will have these resources. The cleaning service also has more motivation to do a good job as the contract depends on it. You are always assured of good cleaning.

More reliability

When you engage the services of a professional cleaning service, you don’t have to keep worrying about allocating cleaning duties or things like the absence of cleaning staff. The cleaning service will avail manpower when you need it. You can also arrange for cleaning to be done when you are not in the workplace which is less disruptive to your business.

Better cleaning

In-house cleaning staff can become complacent over time doing a shoddy cleaning job. A professional cleaning service from Citi Clean London will help you at all times. A cleaning service has the manpower and resources to do a better job. You also have the option of cancelling the contract if you are not happy with the job done. Remember that Citi Clean London is a professional end of tenancy cleaning service provider that can get your full deposit back. You can visit their website at

The benefits of hiring an end of tenancy clean service are obvious. The work is done right reducing any chances of dispute by the landlord meaning you get your tenancy deposit back sooner. However cleaning services are not equal. You could hire a service that is the wrong fit for the job meaning that you end up running into disputes with the landlord. This can be avoided by answering some questions and keeping the answers in mind when searching for an end of tenancy cleaning service.

What kind of service are you hiring?

There are 2 kinds of services:

  • A cleaning service with subcontractors
  • A cleaning service with employees

If you go to a large cleaning service, it is very likely that the cleaning service sub-contracts some of the work. You should get this very clearly. If the cleaners coming to your house will be sub-contracted some of the questions you would need clarification to include:

  • What is the satisfaction guarantee? This is important so that you can know what will happen in the event the landlord is not satisfied with the work done. Will the cleaning service repeat the cleaning free of charge or will you have to pay more? Is there a refund policy? Get all these answers clarified to avoid a payment dispute with the company on one hand and the landlord on the other.
  • Are the sub-contractors licensed and insured? You do not want to be slapped with liability claims in case anything happens to the cleaning crew when in your house.
  • Who will the cleaning sub-contractors take instructions from, you or the cleaning service? This is important if you are to be away when the cleaning is being done as the cleaning crew could arrive on site and become stranded.
  • What will the cleaning crew use for cleaning materials? Are they environmentally friendly? A sub-contracting firm could take shortcuts by using harsh cleaning materials.
  • Who will pay the sub-contractor crew, you or the main cleaning service? You do not want the cleaning crew surprising you with a payment demand you were not prepared for.

What are your expectations?

It is always prudent to describe the scope of work in detail so that the cleaning crew can be precise in their work. Do not take anything for granted. If you want them to scrub the base of the toilet bowl, say so. If the cleaning service fails to work on a certain area because you did not say so, they could raise a dispute that it was not in the scope of work.

Tenancy cleaning features in many tenancy agreements as a requirement before receiving your rent deposit. Many tenants neglect to do this cleaning leading to disputes over the reimbursements of the rent deposit. What you need to keep in mind is that the landlord will require the house to be in the same state as was indicated in the move-in report. You should use it as the standard to do your tenancy cleaning. This can be a daunting task if you are short on manpower. This is the where you need tenancy cleaning London services.

Where to clean

The tenant is responsible for cleaning the whole area inside the house. This includes pest infestation control and mould removal.  If it is a stand-alone unit, the tenant has the responsibility of cleaning the veranda, driveway and the compound.

The landlord needs the house in near-same cleanliness as it was when the tenant moved in. this means that he can request for re-cleaning of the house. Otherwise, he can dispute your claim for the reimbursement of your rent deposit.

How is it done?

At a minimum tenancy cleaning has to touch on the following areas:

  • Living room

If it is a furnished apartment cleaning has to include cabinets, cupboards, bookshelves and the TV set. The carpets and upholstery have to be vacuumed.

  • Kitchen

All shelves and cupboards have to be clear and empty. The walls behind the cupboards and the floor underneath have to be cleaned too. The fridge has to be emptied, cleaned and switched off.

The oven should be degreased and any baked on grime scraped off.  The hob, handles, racks, burners, baking trays, switches and all other surfaces should also be cleaned.

  • Bathroom

The sink, bath, toilet, tiles and mirrors should be left without stains. Drains and plug holes should be cleared. Showerheads, faucets and drain gates should also be cleared lime build up.

  • Hallways and staircases

These surfaces should be mopped. Any carpets and rugs should be vacuumed and steam cleaned if necessary.

Why hire a cleaning service

You will need to hire a tenancy cleaning London service in the following situations:

  • When you have a very large home and are short of manpower
  • When you don’t have the time for thorough cleaning
  • When you need special equipment to reach some areas of the house
  • When you can’t handle cleaning products like bleach
  • When you need professional cleaning that can pass through inspection.

Hiring a tenancy cleaning London service will improve your chances of getting a reimbursement of your rent deposit without dispute.